[ 4. Mai 2013 ]

AARHUS – Kirsten Reese beim SPOR Festival Aarhus 9.-12.5.2013

Von: Kirsten Reese
Betreff: Hinweis Kirsten Reese: SPOR Festival Aarhus 9.-12.5.2013
Datum: 4. Mai 2013 11:41:30 MESZ


Cofferdam, Mellemarmen, Aarhus Harbour

Kirsten Reese
no voice audible but that of the sea on the far side (2013)

A sound installation inside the cofferdam I discovered at the Mellemarmen headland at Aarhus harbour. Not only that the cofferdam as a structure looks weirdly beautiful and fascinating, it serves a purpose that has to do with sound respectively sound reduction and sound ecology. The cofferdam is a prototype for a sound-damping system to reduce the noise level during offshore wind turbine pile driving, which is believed to cause hearing damage to marine ammals, and possibly has other negative effects on smaller ocean creatures like fish that are not yet known. Because of its cylindrical shape, the inside of the cofferdam also has a very unique and specific acoustic. The sounds of the installation are based on fish voices – before my research for this project, I had no idea how untrue the expression ‚as mute as a fish‘ actually is! The sound installation particularly emphasizes those frequencies that resonate with the structure and its prolonged, transparent sounding echo – another reference to the strange world of underwater acoustics.

Kunsthal Aarhus

Kirsten Reese
covered, uncovered (2013)
audiotrack with voice and sound for headphones / objects, photos, sound,
small speakers

This installation consists of an audiotrack to be listened to through headphones, with voice and soundscapes which reflect thoughts and processes during the making of ’no voice audible but that of the sea on the far side‘, and a miniature sound installation for objects and speakers.