Connecting Acoustic Spaces
Sound Sculptures (2020-22)
“Connecting Acoustic Spaces” are 6 sound and light glass sculptures with a multichannel soundscape created with ca.500 collected audio recordings from 6 continents, including 40 countries, including 140 cities and towns around the world since the corona lockdown in Europe. Dating from March 2020 till March 2021. I invited artists, friends, colleagues and people to send me recordings of their acoustic environments.
I am involved in the way we are listening and interpreting our surroundings, especially in this time where we are experiencing a global pandemic, partial lockdowns in different time frames, intensities and outcomes.
I find it very relevant how, gradually, our noise footprint increases and how unaware we were (are?) of the huge impact it has. This has brought me to reflect on: How do we imagine ourselves as listening objects, bodies? The need to understand our own acoustic agency and how it tunes in or makes sense with our and other sonic environments.
Connecting Acoustic Spaces exhibits these recordings through sound and light glass sculptures with a multichannel soundscape. The glass creatures create personal acoustic arenas for those specific pandemic audio files collected and shared by my peripheral community.
These biological shell creatures serve as a protectorate and demarcation of acoustic spaces allowing us to observe and listen. The shelter became a means to isolate an ecology at the same time it made an idealistic environment differentiated from the exterior of the present acoustic moment.
I created these fictions inspired by nature acoustic shapes for these audio files to re-exist and resonate. These sheltered sounds can be heard and felt through the transparency and reflection of glass.
The sculptures will embody all those different listening ears.
I will like to thank everyone who contributed with sound and Simon Veres for his endless support.
Sam de Groot