Human Chain Acting as a Radio Antenna
Here you can hear some outtakes of the 10min looped broadcast. In the installation, there was more interference from the radios themselves. When viewers approached the radios, they would tune in and out between broadcast and static.
The broadcasts were read by 4 different voices in English, Russian, Norwegian and Arabic. Texts written by Nora Adwan and Kjersti Sundland
Magnor´s Place, 2017, Lofoten 80x80cm C-print Exhibited with the rest of the installation as a device to position the work in the arctic region.
Exhibited at TagTeam Studios, Bergen, Norway 2017
Extracts from 10min broadcast: Transmitted elusive linguistic seeds produce bitter fruits in the community of minds. The voice, of a nation, but whose unity? I find myself seeing my neighbours shrouded in suspicious shadows. My new vocabulary finds a place for them. Ideas catchy as a the tune you cant quite remember, but cant forget. Half a phrase, repeating. Repetition, convincing, playing on your fears and unity in the face of adversity
Searching for my favourite song, I would stumble on strange sounds, well, different languages, strange sounds to a childs ear. I found people on walkie talkies, people speaking in code, police perhaps, and every kind of static and white noise with the occasional voice, half a word breaking through.
I imagined shipwrecks, police chases, messages send for me to decrypt. There was a world of possibilities in the static crackle, the point between stations, timeless, nationless, but not empty.
Stories circulated in the air, music is another kind of story. The sound of an era, a moment, a collective thought passing or a new idea coming around again. Method and randomness, technology and nature working to disrupt and share simultaneously. The repeated familiar with the possibility of the taste of another world breaking through.