Display with Sound: Simon Denny, Hannah Sawtell, Oscar Tuazon26. Sep - 24. Oct 09 / ended International Project Space (IPS)
‘Display With Sound’ 2002 which was titled ‘Shelf Display With Clock Radio’ 2002 at the Whitechapel show ‘Early One Morning...’ played a sound that was a straight recording onto CD of a 1930s Chinese language lesson collection on vinyl I picked up somewhere in a North London charity shop. “Lesson one (in English): o o o a a a (Chinese phonemes) ... Lesson two: u u u i i i ...etc.” I imagined the language analogy would highlight my concerns with form and idiom and the fact of the lesson permeating the space of the gallery would heighten the sense of the real in my displays. I wanted to avoid the emblematic or the gesture, which stands for an ideological position or just simply a novel one; the kind of art that is a sign of liberal inclusion with all its contradictions. I was interested in affect, what the gradual accumulation of the signs would amount to and how this could be directed to keep a space open; an undoing of the symbolic structure of reality.
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