A Tentative Call to the Other

A Tentative Call to the Other

  • 2010
  • Sculptural Sound Installation
  • Description

    "A Tentative Call to the Other" is an immersive sonic environment. It consists of a garden of suspended loud-speakers and one large speaker nearly 2m in diameter. Within this garden of speakers, the visitor encounters the barrage of electromagnetic activity that surrounds us. Invisible but omnipresent, these signals are picked up with an antenna placed on the roof of the museum. In parallel with the sonified electrical activity, visitors also hear sounds originating in outer space, picked up by ESA’s CoRoT Satellite, that are made audible in real-time. The diffusion of these sounds is punctuated by interviews with astrologers, hymns, and incantations of ritualistic prayers in Southeast Asian languages.

    This work was initially installed at the entrace to the mural by Raoul Dufy, La Fée Electricité (1937), at Musée d’Art Modern in Paris.  “A Tentative Call...” contemplates the impact of the electric grid on human society, a contemporary reinterpretation Dufy’s La Fée Electricité.

  • Acknowledgements

    In collaboration with Robin Meier, exhibited at Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris, a part of the group exhibition entitled Dynasty.

    Commissioned by Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris for the exhibition entitled DYNASTY (June 10-September 5, 2010) with support from the Council for Artistic Creation