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"Static Space"

Technique: pink noise generator, speakers, metal cans, piezo elements, amplifiers

Centre d'Art Neuchâtel
Neuchâtel, Switzerland
http://can.ch

March 9–8, 2012


Pink noise fills CAN's basement space, amplified through forty-eight piezo elements hung from the ceiling and six speakers enclosed in metal cans on the floor. The loudness of the pink noise barely rises above the ambient sound level of the room. Entering the basement space one experiences a nearly imperceptible yet still very noticeable change from the hallway outside, and in fact Static Space is on one level a response to the continual drone of the building's ventilation system as heard in the entrance hallway, playing with the idea of physicality and space as manifested by sound: the basement becomes a block of physical sound, barely heard but registered in air pressure and the subconscious sense that something has changed upon entering the space. On another level, Static Space also takes its inspiration from the work of James Turrell, using sound as Turrel uses light to give the basement space a sense of mass and weight, seemingly static like a block of solid material yet at the same time gaseous and light, a vapor of sound to move through.

 

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