Analog exhibition at blain SOUTHERN


Running until 1 February is Blain Southerns exhibition, ANALOG, a collection of works by eight artists which seeks to explore our experience with sound through a range of immersive installations and augmented environments. Outlined as an examination of the relationship between auditory and visual perception, as well as the extent to which sound functions as an affective trigger of personal memory and emotion, the show demonstrates how artists have and continue to use noise as a powerful aesthetic in itself.

Carsten Nicolai, the co-founder of Raster-Noton, famed for his Alva Noto work, is one of the artists on display. His work, 334 m/s from 2007 is designed to visualise the speed of sound through exposing the chemical process. Propane gas, sonic boom and flames are involved, which is enough to tantalise us already.

Lawrence Weiners Deutsche Angst/The Memories of Stu Irwin from 1981 also features. Billed as an experimental compound of synth work, free jazz and spoken word, it aims to create a distinctive soundscape in which the human voice becomes the remote protagonist of an unsettling musical narrative. As if the appeal of that auditory chaos wasnt enough, the work is a joint effort with Factory Floor collaborator, and leftfield disco figurehead, Peter Gordon.

Adding further weight to an impressive collection is Bruce Naumans Doppelganger/UFO piece from 1988, which attempts to illuminate the phenomenon of the Doppler effect, where sound waves become distorted as the object is put into motion. The gallery prcis defines it as an opportunity for greater aesthetic appreciation of the everyday noises that arise and rush past us in urban environments.

From the sound of it ANALOG is definitely something which deserves a viewing (and a hearing)

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