Technically, the original setup of Unvorhergesehen… is very simple: A couch is placed on a wall of the exhibition space, with three headphones mounted above its left, middle, and right, accompanied by digital prints of 32×32 cm. Each headphones is fed from a fixed media player with an approximate one hour loop.
What one hears on each headphones is a recording of my voice, as I improvise a monologue on distinct topics that affected me at the time. It was the attempt of creating a “performative sound piece”, a study of the articulation of my voice and its rhythmic structure across different recordings on different days, and capturing the spontaneity of “analogue real-time composition” without further editing. The purple coloured prints are self-similarity matrices of the spectral and temporal features of the recordings, despite their resemblance from a distance revealing distinct patterns at close inspection. The recordings took place in the apartment I lived in during an artist residency, with the open windows capturing the city’s soundscape in the background and the voice exhibiting an inside-the-head-localisation due to the use of in-ear microphones.
The three resulting “texts” deal with my understanding and developing of
writing processes, the rhythm of building a daily routine (unvorhergesehen), the refusal to subscribe to a piece’s assumptions on the concept of reality (real), and a dream or memory from half-sleep on the becoming-transparent of the boundary between foreground and background (farblos). What interested me was how these kinds of field recordings could be an aesthetic statement, in their brittleness, in their colourlessness, their non-literariness, in the patience they perhaps require when listening, and how the audience plunges into a discourse at an arbitrary point by putting on the headphones, what happens when they move from one discourse to the others. Various forms of re-entry are integrated into the texts: Addressing the recording situation itself, its play of foreground/background, or one text referring to the other two texts.