Whistle from Saturn
- geode thunderegg, guitar amplifier, tape recorder, tape, microphone, delay pedal effect, book, paint on wall
- dimensions variable
- Mesure de la dispersion ESBANM, Nantes, 2016
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Whistle from Saturn talks about different ways to mesure the world, and in this case how to restitute it, using sound as a mesuring tool. I first found a volcanic stone (geode thunderegg) in the Chihuahua Desert (Texas). I wanted to create a story around it and speculate on it’s origin. I then composed a soundtrack for it, based on Saturn’s NASA sound database. What I was trying to do felt really similar to what René Daumal, in his Mount Analogue, tried to explain on the matter of how to access the Mount. In order to inbricate thoses two narrations together, I asked a poet to read the excerpt of Daumal’s book in a microphone plugged into a delay pedal effect, while he was behind a wall where nobody could see him. Meanwhile the public, standing in front of the amplifier, only had access to the performance through that delayed audio device. This installation recreated the metaphysical universe of Daumal while the turquoise colour of the book’s typography invaded the wall.
After the reading, he put down the microphone and turned on the tape recorder, playing the Whistle from Saturn tape as an answer to the text.