Audio recording/editing of voice for Learning site, Jamie Stapleton and Viggo Wichman‘s Audible Dwelling 0.2 at Tensta Konsthall
Exhibit runs to May 26 – more info on the Opening times and rest of the exhibit:
“Samhället utan egenskaper”:http://www.tenstakonsthall.se
more info about Audible Dwelling 0.2: http://www.learningsite.info
MESSAGE TO 759 – the aesthetics of secrecy
16 Feb – 3 mars
Konstnärsföreningen Galleri K, Västerås
Vernissage 16/2 12-16 Konstnärsföreningen Galleri K, Slottsgatan 17, Västerås
Öppettider: Vardagar (utom måndagar): 12 – 17, Lördag/Söndag: 12 – 16
ladda ner flyer/vernissagekort(pdf)
mer läsning: ladda ner gallerilapp Message for 759 (pdf)
“Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.”
“Once exposed, a secret loses all its power.”
I will perform a part of the art work “Legoland” at Dokumenta(13) (Kassel, Germany)
The performances are a part of the project: ”Winning Hearts and Minds” >>> initiated by Critical Art Ensemble
26 July 12.00 (10.00 UTC) (see map below)
Concrete privacy in the public space
The work Legoland uses radio as its medium. Also the work focuses on various aspects of numbers and communication methods within clandestine operations such as number stations or secret intelligence services.
The audio material for the performance has been collected from various radio receivers around Europe, North America, and Asia.
Broadcasting secret messages into air is a peculiar activity, since it’s indeed shared in a public space. Hence everyone could in practice tune in the actual frequency and listen to it. However, there is only one kind of listener that could decrypt the message (for i.e. special number stations) due to a simple but efficient and unbreakable method using only a paper and a pen. The benefits of still using radio today has the advantage of the impossibility to trace the listener in contrast to the use of computers where everything has traces of IP numbers, logs and hard-drives. Radio waves are difficult to stop and in every moment of time waves are passing borders and through people.
The history of these broadcasts are to be traced back to the beginning of the radio medium itself making them the first public broadcast ever transmitted. The transmissions are unregistered and hence illegal to the FCC. Even though these type of transmissions had its peak in the cold war, they can still be heard. Some has changed its behaviour to digital mode (which still is made up of numbers).
Power and secrecy
For the work Legoland there are aesthetic issues in the documentary material, an utterly concrete world of privacy. High strangeness and very few answers, though the material has a powerful character. Questions unfold. Power and secrecy. Why do power need secrets?
The work Legoland is a continous research process of asking new questions knowing that any clear answers will ruin the process of its own research.
Legoland is the nickname of MI6 building in London.
see also previous performance at Fylkingen feb 2012
Latest audio projects I have been working with (as sound engineer) are
5.0 channel audio (voice recording and editing):
Hinrich Sachs – Kami, Khokha, Bert och Ernie (världsarv) 10.5-30.9 2012 Tensta konsthall
Various audio tech., recording (symphony orchestra), editing:
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster och Ari Benjamin Meyers – T451 27/5 2012 Stockholm City Library, Stockholm Subway Green line, Tensta
Type: Concert/Performance/Mobile installation
production name: LEGOLAND
Media: Shortwave, audio and performance, misc
Branches: Hidden, Education, Expo, Distribution
alpha stage test: Fylkingen 17 February 2012 (web info) free entrance
Performance some time between 17.30-22.30 (16.30-21.30 UTC)
Welcome to listen to a preview version of the sounds from of a project based on different approaches upon material obtained from unknown intelligence communications, intelligence, and number broadcast, and more.
I will serve my own, unique and fresh recordings (from 2012) from a few spy-broadcasting services in Europe and elsewhere. Welcome to a strange world of concrete privacy! Even MI6 may attend, if you’re wondering what that unknown person is taking notes of!
If we are lucky, I will also allow the listening of some unknown radio transmitters which broadcast live during the concert!
LEGOLAND in “alpha stage” test
Fylkingen Friday, February 17, at. 20.30 (approx.)
Note: to allow the listening of simultaneous spy-stations, the concert will begin promptly at. 20:30 or 21:00
sneak preveiw on http://www.tomasnygren.com/
Beer is served at the bar (during pause)
- Presented at the same time:
MATS Lundell – OPENING
19:30 to 22:00
A small photographic exhibition in the foyer of photos from Pripyat, Slite, Luleå and Malmberget.
Tomas Nygren, Joakim Gullander, Tippi The Wind and William Tottie.
And a small Soviet propaganda film.
info sheet (pdf)