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Janda invited us to do an exhibition in his space in Vienna. We decided
to experiment with combining an installation with an audio walk.
We strung a multitude of curtains to make a labyrinth of hallways,
and then situated a revolving loud speaker, a miniature house, and
a table, on which there were books, electronics, and a latex rubber
head cast from my face.
Janet I walk
these halls at night when they think I’m asleep. I go over to
the window, opening it wide, letting in the night air ... and then
carousel music and crazy singing
to me, follow my footsteps. Go through the curtain.
Janet Walk quietly, walk
slowly … The doctor doesn’t like to be disturbed ...
Wait, someone’s coming.
sound of footsteps walking by, keys, door opening, doctor’s voice from “Frankenstein’s
Bride”: something about the mysteries of life and death. sound of curtain
Janet Some nights I feel
my bed breathing, going up and down like there’s a sleeping
body beneath me. pause Let’s
go on. scary music, laughter ? footsteps,
then violin is heard.
Janet Stop, listen ... he
plays every night. violin gets closer
... player plays around listener
Older Man’s voice You
are getting sleepy ... your eyes are closing, but you can still see.
Older Man’s voice When
you leave this building you will only remember the emptiness, the
white walls, the long hallways. You did not see her here.
The Empty Room, visitors enter the gallery space from the stairwell of
a late-nineteenth-century building in Vienna mixed with residential and
office space. In collaboration with George Bures Miller, Janet Cardiff
has created a walk through an exhibition space that measures only 50 square
meters. Once inside the darkened room, visitors are provided with a flashlight
and a Walkman.
The walk leads them through a corridor of plastic curtains with the faint sound
of music from an old gramophone and brief instructions given through the headphones.
Short statements, ambiguous commands and anxious encounters accompany them as
they follow the labyrinthine path through curtains hung closer and closer together.
|CARDIFF & MILLER
Audio-walk installation with sculpture, 9 min.
Curated by Martin Janda. Raum Aktueller Kunst, Vienna, Austria