Chelsea Leventhal

Preservation

Sound installation with eight transducers on eight windows. For the group exhibition „Le Empire des Signes“ Akademie der Künste Berlin.
2008
Preservation was created for “L’Empire des Signes” a group exhibition curated by Martin Supper in conjunction with the “Notation” exhibition and conference at the Akademie der Künste. The "Glasgang" on the ground floor of the Akademie der Künste building in Berlin’s Tiergarten is lined with large windows, allowing the visitor a full view of the surrounding gardens. A bass-shaker transducer was attached to each of the windows, letting them serve as transparent speakers through which an 8-channel slowly evolving soundscape was diffused. The sounds chosen for the installation create a sonic representation of draft processes. Samples of typewriters, recording and playback devices, pencil on paper, musicians practicing, and voices in discussion were used to represent these byproducts of the creative process. The result is an active, yet intimate and pensive space.