I place life rafts, mobile transitory spaces, in the solid, built architecture of the protective halls of the Gaggiandre. Sounds from the ceiling add further layers to the image.
A total of 17 life rafts are spread across the two water basins and firmly anchored.
The life rafts differ in size and appearance, all are closed. Above each a microphone is suspended, dangling from the ceiling from a long cable and visually anchoring the sound in the image. In addition, 16 loudspeakers and four subwoofers are spread along the entire length of the roof. They emit voices speaking different languages as well as ringtones, modem sounds etc. All of these different scenarios are treated equally as they are emitted from loudspeakers placed across the entire width of the ceiling. The scenarios clash, overlap and disappear. The voices of highly diverse origins are thus linked and form a large network. 15 minutes of edited sound is spread across the two basins and diverse loudspeaker positions. Most of the sounds have been lifted from the internet, that global network joining so many places and making them appear close to each other. The many voices of the assembled sound tracks allow the most varied of places to enter the large space of the Gaggiandre. In parallel, eight horn loudspeakers along the path broadcast the sound of doors being opened and closed at irregular intervals. In contrast to the flowing sounds, the living voices from the ceiling, we sense boundaries here. Doors are opened, then immediately shut. The horn loudspeakers have been mounted on the closed wall of the building. The spot lights illuminating the life rafts are also mounted here.click here for more information
Gaggiandre, 2009, la Biennale di Venezia, 53. Espositione Internationale d`Arte
soundinstallation, 17 liferafts, 17 microphones, 16 speakers, 8 horn speakers, spotlights
sound engineer: Felix Dreher