Courtyard Ornamentation with 4 Sounding Dots and a Shade
2013, 4-channel sound, directional loudspeakers, architectural additions, durations and dimensions variable
In CO4SDS, 4 directional loudspeakers are placed on the walls surrounding the Gloom Ibrahim courtyard. Each loudspeaker plays a pattern of a single percussive sound (dot) that is repeated at regular intervals, creating distinct combinations in various parts of the space. In the best listening location, the “sweet spot” located under the central shade, the four sounds combine to form a reduced version of one of the most well-known dance beats of the region and beyond. The beat becomes a minimal gesture, an invitation for a calm dance in the now empty and silent courtyard. All the sounds are performed by hand, reflecting the artist’s wish to relate so-called “audio ornamentation” with handmade and visual ornamentation. The human voice makes an occasional appearance to transmit a message, acting as text and calligraphy in a rhythmic relation with the percussive dots.
whew. thats the last time i’ll willingly write out all the wall text.