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October 19, 2006

Culture Catcher


Lost in Translation

While driving through Africa, Michael Sheridan and his film crew met two men crouching in the sand and listening to handheld shortwave radios. The sounds from their radios reconnected the artist with the world after days of isolation and disorientation.

This experience inspired the sound installation Culture Catcher. Shortwave radios, digital recorders and players, motion detectors, micro computers, antennae... all the equipment required to search for and broadcast multiple shortwave radio signals is hung by suction-cups on a giant transparent wall.

The movement of visitors in the gallery triggers sounds from around the world which fill the environment. Simultaneously one might hear, for example, Persian music, Christian proselytizing and news reports in Korean, all affected by the interferences in the atmosphere. Via neural. [blogged by Regine on we-make-money-not-art]

Posted by jo at October 19, 2006 08:28 AM