installations situations Social sculptures

A Song for Atlanta, 2006

Mandies House in pink and yellow blankets
Blue paper shopping bag on a small wall-table from wood
Green knitted and felted hanging object
4 cd players in blue on a small wooden table, connected with 28 mini speakers wooden fence

Crossing the ocean for my first visit to America, I am preoccupied with my ideas about Atlanta. I have heard about the city and visited it by internet and talked with some people about the social structures there.

My preparations for Eyedrum deal with the perhaps unrealistic idea I have about Atlanta. Let's say that I developed a sound for Atlanta in which I will give Atlanta a song which I dreamed in Holland. This "dream song for Atlanta" will be mixed with the audio-explorations I will do in Atlanta.

At Eyedrum I will make a multi-media installation in situ, developing a "cross-fade" situation in which real sounds are mixed with virtual and ambient sounds. The whole audio piece is based on ideas about "cross-fade perception." It is my belief that we can perceive many different pieces of information at the same moment. But it asks effort of the perceiver to concentrate simultaneously on "wide" and "narrow" perception. It is a kind of "brain-gymnastics." It is also my belief that when we succeed in "cross-fade perception" we experience the world more openly and develop our humanity. It makes us experience our life intensively and as a whole.

In the Eyedrum space is built a work which includes a large number of small audio speakers, a sound-generating, hanging and turning object, and contact microphones. All over the space you will hear sounds, creating an "audio wave."

The "dream song for Atlanta" is mixed with interviews with Atlanta inhabitants and sound- recordings in the city. The interviews deal with the dreams, wishes and expectations people have about their lives and the place they live, and more specifically the social context in which they live. The recorded sounds from the city are the context in which the several layers of life (the dream song and the interviews) are mixed at the Eyedrum space.

Another part of the audio is a text I have written which is inspired by the people I have met there and some of the music in Atlanta. The text is performed by MC Wyzsztyk of the Atlanta hip-hop group Psyche Origami.

The installation also contains some objects which I made in Atlanta, inspired by my visits to people's homes and to the city. Domestic and urban situations as parts of the whole, they can't exist without each other.

I would like very much to thank Andy Ditzler and Susan Cipcic at Eyedrum, Mandie Turner Mitchell and Artists in Residence International, and MC Wyzsztyk of Psyche Origami.