Vera Tussing [DE]
Sound Bed, A Movement - Sound Installation
17.12 – 18.12.2011
A lone audience member lies down on a platform. They close their eyes. Speakers are gently placed at their head and feet. A soundscape, suggesting cinematic narratives begins playing.
As the piece plays, performers move the platform, and the speakers through the space. The audience member is completely passive as they are moved, passing through different ‘sound rooms’, becoming part of the dance that is unfolding.
The movement of the dancers and speakers act as a mode of live sound mixing, physicalising the machinery of special effects. Sound Bed explores in a live performance, a version of the narrative, temporal and spatial leaps available to cinematic editing.
Participating in Sound Bed is a twin experience; the audience observing the piece are guided through a deconstruction of cinematic techniques, while for the audience member at the centre of the installation the visual construct is hidden so that the acoustic presences invite a more emotive, less analytical, response.
concept Vera Tussing | sound designer Emanuele Constantini AMPS | performers Andrew Hardwidge, Ann Pidcock, Petra Söör, JS Rafaeli (writer), Karl Fiorini (piano), foley artists, Alex Robinson | sound consultant Mike Picknett | graphic design/pictures Alessandra Rocchetti | illustration at Bloomberg Space Julia Kalachefilming at Bloomberg Jordan Copeland | sound bed construction Dorus Daneels | supported by Vlaamse Overheid, STUK Leuven, workspacebrussels, KC Monty, The Place, Pact Zollverein, wp Zimmer, DeVIR/CAPa Faro