Sound Entangled Spaces
A room in Tinos will be connected to a room in Athens via a network of simulcast sound.
Sounds gathered from journeys on the sea between Athens and various islands as well as locations signifying transitional movement will be played from a speaker in Athens. This will be picked up by a microphone, that then transmits the sound of both the recordings and the room via a simulcast network. Simultaneously in Tinos, a speaker will play this broadcast from Athens to a microphone, which picks up the sound of both the original broadcast recording and the room in Tinos. This signal is then sent by broadcast back to Athens. The composition begins with a set of recordings and ends when the feedback of the connecting rooms rises above the signal of the recorded sounds.
The free movement of bodies and objects once considered critical for the smooth functioning of contemporary art now appears increasingly uncertain in an era marked by new forms of nationalism, xenophobia, and economic isolationism. Indeed, many artists working in this environment have found it difficult or impossible to cross once unquestionably open borders, or to ship works to and from exhibitions held across a requisitely international stage. Responding to this crisis, Reassembly brings the work of artists from four continents to the Greek island of Tinos through a collaboration between artist, composer, and theorist G Douglas Barrett, artist Petros Touloudis, the Tinos Quarry Platform, and the Cultural Foundation of Tinos.
The artists included in this exhibition incorporate themes of transnationalism and globality in works made through a variety of digitally portable media (video, photography, sound, text) and through practices of scoring, notating, and scripting that formally relate to the musical score. Deracinated from music, the score nevertheless suggests, in this instance, an ability to cross spatial and temporal boundaries through its virtual or immaterial status. Other precedents for these intermedial scripts and instructions can be found in the “event scores” that emerged alongside conceptual art and the “dematerialized” practices of the 1960s and 70s. Here these forms point not only to a formal fluidity between media, but also broadly reflect a contemporary state of hyperconnected global isolation.
Adel Abidin, G Douglas Barrett, Sari Carel, Emma Dusong, Francesco Gagliardi, Giorgos Koumendakis, Alyssa Moxley, Melody Nixon, Dora Economou, Lena Platonos, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, Raphael Sbrzesny, Petros Touloudis, Samson Young, Hong-Kai Wang.
curated by: G Douglas Barrett, Petros Touloudis
cover photo: Castel Volturno, 2010, Raphael Sbrzesny
opening: Wednesday 5th of July 2017 at 20:00
venue: Cultural Foundation of Tinos in Khora, Tinos, Greece
exhibition duration: 05.07.17 - 31.10.17
opening hours: Mon - Thu 9:00 - 15:00, Fri - Sat 10:30 - 14:00
and 19:00 - 21:00