Eight channel video and audio installation
A site-specific installation made for the exhibition space Pirpa in Copenhagen.
The gallery was situated on the site of an old vegetable market that was being
developed for residential use.
The installation takes the development work in the area as its point of departure.
This includes the tearing down and building up by large construction machines,
as well as the normal everyday work of those businesses still functioning in the
area, like cider brewing, running a second hand shop, and the birds’ never-ending
work of making a living.
All the work recorded includes a visible and audible rhythm, either fast or slow.
The speed of the events is manipulated in the editing to make them all beat
simultaneously. Thus they provide a common, continuous rhythm filling the whole exhibition space.
In the beginning the rhythm is slow, which means that it fits to the original rhythm of the slowest of the events. This obviously causes the other rhythms to be too slow. In 30 second steps, the overall pace changes, and gets a little faster each time. Another event then gets its original rhythm while the first becomes too fast.
There are six videos, each with their own sound track, plus two objects found
in the area, into which speakers have been built. A table with the sound of a
bulldozer, and a stand with the sound of two seagulls. The objects are placed
outside the exhibition space, which opens on to a roofed porch.
The videos are presented on monitors standing on shelves that double as
The production was supported by The Danish Arts Foundation