Artist: Florian Hecker
Venue: Hauptbahnhof, Documenta 13, Kassel
Date: June 6 – September 16, 2012
Photos by Contemporary Art Daily
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.