Subtitles available in English and Spanish.
May 20, 2011
Tiergarten Eins (Eternithaus).
Steve Rowell’s “Hollow Earth” imports sounds from distant underground spaces to the Tiergarten. Utilizing the translucent glass box of the Eternithaus building as a resonant medium, Rowell displaces the listener by amplifying these recorded, remote room tones, thereby de-contextualizing the present, physical space. This experience — perceived shifting thresholds of hearing and imagined sound source location — is designed as a psychoacoustic exercise. The non-site of the event space becomes a mere reference point for other places far removed from the listener’s immediate experience. Over the past year Rowell has collected field recordings from vaults and subterranean archives that have been designed to protect their contents against the entropic effects of time and predicted disasters, natural or man-made. The types of sites selected are telling; they represent the need to establish reserves, shelters as contingencies against the inevitable.
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