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Michael Snow 'Hearing Aid', 1976

Hearing Aid

Fecha:
1976
Tipo obra:
Media installation
Material:
Electric metronome and sound recording, 90 min
Medidas:
dimensions variables
Procedencia:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Registre núm:
4398

Michael Snow's ability to experiment with media such as film, video, sound and holography has not diminished since his film Wavelength established him as the creator of a new film language in 1967. Snow (Toronto, Canadà, 1929), who is considered the father of structuralist film and one of the pioneers of videoart, has a complex relationship to sound and music. Apart from what we could consider his musical creations in the traditional sense (Michael Snow is also a musician and founder of the group CCMC, which performs experimental music influenced by jazz), this Canadian artist has produced recordings that are autonomous objects in themselves, as well as numerous sound installations. Hearing Aid is one of them.

The work consists of a metronome placed in an empty space. The sound of the metronome (and of the space where we hear it) is recorded and played back on a cassette placed in an adjoining space. The sound emitted by the cassette player is re-recorded and played back in turn on a second cassette placed in a different space. The whole process is repeated a third time.

The sound of the metronome, altered by the effects of the space and played back over and over, reveals that all representation is distortion. In this minimalist installation, sound produces the conceptual image. Snow questions the nature of sound, but also memory, space and representation. Is it possible to capture sound in itself? How can we describe what we hear? What does it mean to listen and understand? Is there a possible representation that does not alter the individuality of the facts?

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