David Cunningham

a site specific installation within the exhibition Another Movement

Location - Ti's Hall
Tatemachi, Kanazawa, Japan
8th - 17th October 2004

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In this space are two microphones and four loudspeakers.  Otherwise the space is empty.  The sound of the space is magnified, amplified in real time.

This work responds acoustically not only to the proportions and dimensions of the space but also to the physical presence of its audience, integrating the object of the work with its subject.  This self referentiality is central to the installation - sound isn't used to illustrate an idea, it is the idea in itself.  The work isolates and makes audible the movement of air within a given space, something invisible and so quiet we are normally oblivious to it.

The English writer Andrew Wilson has written: "There is no metaphorical dimension, Cunningham's  work is a presentation of fact. He relies on isolating sonic or other sensory elements from the conditions of their sources and through subtle framing makes us aware of that which would otherwise be disregarded. This hum that surrounds our lives, by being isolated, is also magnified and the dynamism and effect of everyday actions made clear". (1)

This space contains two systems of microphone, noise gate, amplifier and speakers.

As with The Listening Room and other installations documented on this website, each system is arranged in such a way that when the microphone and loudspeaker begin to feed back the amplitude of the sound causes the noise gate to cut off the signal. The feedback notes resonate through the space accentuated by the reverberation time of the space.  As the sound falls below the threshold of the noise gate the system switches back on and the process continues.

The double system consists of two systems, electronically separate within the same acoustic space.  The electronic part of the chain is independent but the acoustic part of the chain is interdependent - the two systems hear and react to each other in ways that are not entirely predictable.  The system will assimilate and adapt to any sound made in the space, including sound which leaks in from elsewhere in the building.

A documentary audio fragment of a moment within the installation, recorded on 11 October 2004  
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audio fragment

(1) Andrew Wilson, Days Like These, Tate Britain 2003
aerial view