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Music for Lovers

'Music for Lovers' at Adhoc Artists Studios, Belfast.

When Sep 25, 2009
from 04:00 to 10:00
Where Adhoc, 18 Kent Street, Belfast BT1 2JA, Northern Ireland
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Music for Lovers will be exhibited at 'Adhoc' as part of the Culture Night Belfast. 'Adhoc' is a new Belfast artist initiative which is hosting a couple of studios in Kent Street.

Music for Lovers is a series of works which touches on the listening experience shared by two people who are close - either in the emotional or in the spatial sense of the word, or both. This experience is personal but not exclusive, private but shared, intimate but not solitary. To love is to put oneself in somebody else's shoes. Or ears. Music for Lovers facilitates this process by allowing two people to exchange what they are hearing.

Sound technology is almost exclusively used for communication in the absence of a common physical space. Phones allow people to communicate over distances, concert recordings allow them to experience events outside of their original location. Where space is shared - at a dinner table or in a one-on-one conversation during a walk - there seems to be no need for a technological mediation of listening. But two people occupying the same space do by no means have identical auditory experiences. For example, the acoustic impressions of space experienced by two people in a face-to-face conversation are exactly mirrored. Understanding the other person's point of view (or whatever the acoustic equivalent of that would be) becomes a matter of extrapolating from ones own, which opens the door for misinterpretations.

The present incarnation of Music for Lovers allows people to 'swap ears' and thereby puts sound technology in the service of the receiving rather than the transmitting qualities of communication. You are invited to try Music for Lovers together with another gallery visitor in and around the gallery. The other person does not actually have to be your lover; it can also be a friend who you came with or a complete stranger who happens to be visiting the gallery as well.

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