URSULA NISTRUP

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Whistling while walking through Charamarende Castle, 2009
This work is a series of recordings focussing on the act of whistling
within public and semi-public situations (3min 44sec).

 

The idea for this work was to make rooms of various sizes, constructed
from various materials, resonate and thereby establish
an audible representation of the uniqueness of the building. The
building was chosen due to its en-suite room formation, which
is based on the Renaissance construction principle; in this case
one room leads to the next in a circular movement. This idea was
inspired by the way optical sound sits on an optical sound strip
on a 35 mm movie film. In this case a long line of small irregular
black shapes form the strip, while the rooms in the castle forming a
line somehow resemble this. On the optical movie strip each small
black element in the row represents a kind of audible sound like
letters in an alphabet. I was interested in listening to the rooms
in the castle in a similar manner, with each room conceived as a
sound or a letter in a word.

To make the rooms resonate I asked the French writer and
historian Nicolas Idier to walk slowly through the rooms, whistling
intermittently whatever tune that came to his mind whenever he
felt like it. The recording is part of a proposal for Den Fri Udstillings
building in Copenhagen. This building also shares with the castle
its special en-suite formation of space.

 

 

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