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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 12 October 2004 04:34 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
it's an art installation at a gallery in london ... but you can't see it

It is one of the world's biggest interior art spaces, and American artist Bruce Nauman has filled it with nothing -- nothing that is except noise.

Nauman, who says his sound works are inspired by avant garde composer John Cage, has created what amounts to a sonic shower in the cathedral-sized Turbine Hall of London's Tate Modern art gallery.

The work, which opens to the public on Tuesday for six months, is a cacophony of 21 different voice tapes all running at the same time, filling the entrance hall of the former power station with noise.

Apart from 34 black loudspeakers hanging from the walls and ceiling, there is nothing to see -- in contrast to the four previous giant works that have included an artificial indoor sun and a giant ear trumpet.

The sound tapes -- all taken from Nauman's previous works but never before all played together -- include disembodied voices repeatedly telling the listener to "think", another screaming "no, no, no" and yet another repeating "live and die".

Asked how long he thought he could stand to be in the hall, Nauman said that as it was all his work he reckoned he could last at least half a day.

But asked how long he felt the Tate's ticket staff, who will have to listen to it all day and every day until March 28, 2005, will fare, he was more equivocal.

"We'll find out from the people who work in the place how much they can stand," Nauman said with a shrug.

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posted 12 October 2004 10:10 PM      Profile for BLAKE 3:16     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cool. Nauman's work is very interesting. I think his work is very poetic -- using language in a combination of very formal and very casual ways and mediating the two.

Here's a link to one of Nauman's neone text pieces.

If others know about other online sources of Nauman's work, it'd be appreciated.

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