DISEMBODIED SOUND OF SILENCE

(VON ORTEN DIE ES NICHT GIBT UND DINGEN DIE WIR NICHT VERSTEHEN)

(about non existing places and unknowable things)

2015

Objects & Performance
100 functioning Radios, cables
Sound is an important part of the work

Passage is an abandoned room, situated at a train station of a small town in Switzerland. The room was temporarily used as an exhibition and concert space. The idea was to work for one week in situ and present the work at the end of the week to the public. I collected in advance 100 metric wave Radios from friends and placed them in the room. A metric wave Radio (FM) bases on a linear structure depending on transmitter and receiver and its limits are given by distance and the range of frequencies.
The radios combined a broad range of different designs and were assembled irregularly. Each radio kept the frequency adjusted up to the next higher reception. During the week I tried out different arrangements in the room which leaded to different sound experiences, not only because each time a different sound combination occurred, but also because the orientation in the room changed by altering the placement of the objects. It was nearly impossible to distinguish the exact origin of the sound by just walking by. The performance started by turning on the radios one by one, letting them play for a while before turning them off again one by one. The performance had a duration of 45minutes.

Videodocumentation: 3.34
Camera: Marlon McNeill & Daniela Brugger / Sound: Marlon McNeill & Daniela Brugger / Edit: Daniela Brugger

Exhibition view Passage Solothurn.
Fotocredits: Passage-Passage