Lorry Red Lorry Yellow ,Sound Installation /Private View 19th January 2000

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Posted by Jo Thomas +Frank Ekeberg on January 05, 19100 at 17:03:01:

Lorry Red Lorry Yellow

A sound installation by Jo Thomas & Frank Ekeberg

20th – 29th January 2000

Open 2 – 5 p.m. (except Sunday)

PRIVATE VIEW – Wednesday 19th January 6- 9 p.m.

The gallery @ The Central School of Speech and Drama
1 – 5 St Pancras Way, Camden, London NW1 0PB
Tel: 0171 388 5768 Fax: 0171 388 7329

Lorry Red Lorry Yellow

Jo Thomas & Frank Ekeberg

There is no question that our age, in which we are inundated with sound, is unprecedented in history. We need to develop a more caring attitude towards sounds. Presently the amounts of sound and music in the environment have clearly exceeded mans capacity to assimilate them, and the audio ecosystem is beginning to fall apart. Background music, which is supposed to create atmosphere, is far too excessive. In our present condition we find that within certain areas and spaces aspects of visual design are well attended to, but sound design is completely ignored. It is necessary to treat sound and music with the same respect that we show for architecture, interior design, food, or the air that we breathe.

(Yoshimursa, 1982)

This installation is created in the spirit of Yoshimursa’s imperative. Sound is all too often ignored as an essential element in defining space. As silence is increasingly difficult to come by, sound is virtually constant in our lives. Yet we only really notice sound when it’s extremely offensive (a really loud jackhammer) or pumped out of stereos in a familiar and slick package (“oh, this is my favourite song”): everything else is background. But what is this background sound? What are we hearing and how does this constant passive semi-conscious listening affect us?

(Frank Eleberg,1999)

This Sound Installation at the gallery @ The Central School of Speech and Drama has financial support from the Production, Art & Design Department at CSSD

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