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'24/7' at PS² Belfast

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When Oct 05, 2009 09:00 to
Oct 24, 2009 05:00
Where PS² Paragon Studios Project Space, 18 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2GP, Northern Ireland
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Opening: Thursday, 15th October, 6-8pm

As part of a residency at the PS^2 project space, I will develop the sound installation 24/7.

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The structures of the everyday manifest themselves through sound, whether we register it consciously, subconsciously, or not at all. We live our lives rhythmically, and as we do, we always create sound. In a complex social interplay the polyrhythms of our everyday lives involuntarily leave their traces in the soundscape. Church bells ring every hour. Traffic becomes quieter during the night. Radio programs repeat themselves weekly. Christmas carols are sung during a certain time of the year (except maybe in shopping malls). Since these everyday rhythms mostly unfold themselves on time scales which exceed our short-term 'performative' memory, we are not used to experience them aesthetically. 24/7 sets up a frame for you to do exactly that. While sound is continuously being recorded in the gallery, visitors are invited to 'tune into' earlier stages of the recordings. By comparing what the gallery space sounded like a minute ago, an hour ago, a day ago, a week ago, the rhythms of everyday life unfold themselves in front of the listener's ear. In this experiment, you are not just listening observer but also listened-to performer. So make sound! Leave messages for strangers! Propose to your girlfriend and send her over the next day to hear it! Come out and play!

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