June 13th, 2012

Documenta 13: Florian Hecker

Artist: Florian Hecker

Venue: Hauptbahnhof, Documenta 13, Kassel

Date: June 6 – September 16, 2012

Note: Audio documentation of the installation can be found here, here and here.

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Photos by Contemporary Art Daily

Accompanying Text: 

For dOCUMENTA(13) Florian Hecker conceived an installation based on a libretto by philospher and writer Reza Negarestani. The sound piece entitled Chimerization is on view at Hauptbahnhof in Kassel until September 16th, 2012. Additionally, it is available for free download at http://chimerization.documenta.de/

There are three versions of the piece, one each in English, Farsi, and German. Each is read by three speakers. Their respective renditions of the text, which vary in speed, intonation and other individual qualities of the voice, are layered and modulated by an additional sound track. The result is a swirling stream, in which words and sounds seem to shift perpetually from one voice to the next. The voice, while originally connected to the body that produced it, is thus transformed into a chimera – present, yet only existing in an acoustic space, on the verge of dissolving words into texture, bodily trace into disembodied vibration.

Link: Documenta 13: Florian Hecker

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