MARSWALKERS

Courants d’Ère

installation sonore / sound installation _ 2004
PluggedIn show _ Rockport Center for contemporary Arts _ Maine _ usa

Huit enceintes recouvertes de papier blanc sont éparpillées dans l’espace de la galerie. Des fragments sonores de faible volume sont diffusés aléatoirement et ceci par une seule enceinte à la fois. Provenant des médias couvrant la guerre en Irak, ces fragments vont du commentaire journalistique aux sons de combats et aux voix de personnes présentes sur le terrain. Certains sons, filtrés dans les basses fréquences, font alors vibrer les feuilles de papier, créant ainsi un son organique, entre tonnerre et explosion. Cette installation s’adapte à l’actualité, l’origine des sons variant en fonction de la situation géopolitque au moment de sa monstration.

In a large room, eight loudspeakers are spread on the space’s floor. Each of them is wrapped with white paper.
Series of sounds are displayed randomly, one loudspeaker at the time, at very low volume level, almost like whispers.
These sounds were taken from the Iraq War, recorded through the Media and range from journalist comments to combat sounds and on-the-ground people’s voices.
Some of these sounds are filtered into lowpass filters, making the paper sheets vibrating, creating an organic, thunderlike, sound.
When walking in the space, spectators don’t necessarily hear the sounds immediately. Because of the low level, a close attention needs to be paid in order to understand where the sound comes from. The sound travelling quickly through the space does not give much time to the spectators to localize its source.
Surprise, frustration and concentration are the three steps people usually go through to perceive the work.
The paper’s vibrations give a general atmosphere linking all the elements together.