Temple (2013)

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SPEAKER SCULPTURES Participative Electroacoustic Sculptures created from active (functioning) recycled electronics sound waves, and spectators’s voices. Since 1985 I have been creating interactive public sculptures using recycled electronics and loudspeakers. Mainly I use loudspeakers (also tuners, amplifiers) as "building blocks" to create monumental sculptures in public spaces. The sculptures allow the public to speak out loud by calling up a telephone number and expressing themselves "live" via the sculpture for 3 minutes. Also the Sculpture amplifies “recycled“ (invisible) electromagnetic waves (white noise) that are produced by the incorporated receivers: the white noise sounds are low volume and are permanently hearable as a "background" sound that changes throughout the day, this is the "pulse" of the sculpture.

The sculpture itself functions as one single multi-channel loudspeaker, all loudspeakers are connected. However it is norticeable that the sound is different according to the position of the listener. Each loudspeaker emits a unique sound. There is no danger of electrocution as main amplifiers are in a seperate space nearby and only the sound "signal" is relayed to the sculpture. An answering machine answers the calls and automatically relays the calls so that they can be amplified by the sculpture (calls are limited to 3 minutes). Young people are also encouraged to participating by creating music with their smartphones and “broadcasting“ them “live“ for 3 minutes.

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3000 loudspeakers, amplifiers and receivers playing the sound of "white noise". People can call up the sculpture and talk through it live. Exhibited at ZKM in Karlsruhe

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Artist Statement

As an artist I use electronic waste as the “clay“ for my sculptures: these materials are cheap and most often given to me for free, I just need to collect them. As a music composer I allow the public and electroacoustic sound waves sculptures to occurr by themselves, allthough I do allow myself to edit them by limiting the phone calls to 3 minutes.

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