(un)aimed

(Un)Aimed is a mul­ti­chan­nel, inter­ac­tive sound instal­la­tion. It con­sists of sev­er­al rotat­ing par­a­bol­ic speak­ers. These speak­ers pro­duce extreme­ly nar­row beams of sound that appear very near to the vis­i­tor, when stand­ing in such a beam (and almost silent when stand­ing out­side of it). Because the speak­ers turn around and the walls of the room func­tion like ‘acoustic mir­rors’, it appears as if there are an innu­mer­able amount of sound­sources, there­by cre­at­ing a strange ‘acoustic image’ of the room.

 

The instal­la­tion reacts on the pres­ence of peo­ple in the room; if more peo­ple are enter­ing the room, the instal­la­tion will become more active and will sound more omi­nous. If there’s nobody in the room, the instal­la­tion will become almost silent. Inspi­ra­tion for this project comes from old and new mil­i­tary tech­nol­o­gy and engi­neer­ing, like radar, sonar and fortresses.

 

This project was exhib­it­ed on loca­tion in an old fortress, part of ‘De Hol­landse Water­lin­ie’, a series of water based defences. Built and used from 1629 until 1940, it was planned to pro­tect the eco­nom­ic heart­land of the Dutch Repub­lic with a line of flood­ed land pro­tect­ed by fortresses.

Year

2002

Kind

Mul­ti­chan­nel, inter­ac­tive sound installation

Location

Fort Werk aan de Waalse Weter­ing, Tull en ‘t Waal (NL) •

Exhi­bi­tion Forten­maand •

 

This exhi­bi­tion was part­ly in coop­er­a­tion with Bart Viss­er, who pre­sent­ed his own sound instal­la­tion in the same fortress. The instal­la­tions were con­nect­ed with each oth­er through the move­ment sen­sors placed in the dif­fer­ent rooms of the fortress.