Jon Rose - The Fence
  Year :   1998
  Location :   Germany
  Worktype :   Radio Work / Performance
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Sender Freies Berlin

  Work Details  
  Since the early 1980s, in addition to his work about the violin, Jon Rose has been building very long string instruments (up to 25 meters in length). These constructions found their original inspiration in the wind triggered outback Fences of Australia. The Fence is one of the most powerful analogies for everything that separates, controls and isolates the human race; in particular when the Fence is used as a regional or national border. In 1995 Jon Rose built and played a barbed wire fence as part of the New Music Festival at Viitasaari, Finland. It was modelled on the border that separates Russia and Finland - complete with live and armed border guard. From this experience came the idea to make an experimental radio work featuring an endless fence that circumnavigates the entire world, incorporating many of the conflict zones that seem unresolvable or remain as scars on the psychology of the people who must live on each side of these artificially created borders. Miniature sonic stories illustrate the fences function... there are always sound political reasons for a fence, arent there? From the Great Wall of China to Israels latest attempt to imprison the entire Palestinian people through building a brand new security fence, the species never seems to learn that (in the long run) fences, walls, barriers always fail - the foreigner, the refugee, the enemy, the stranger, or simply the OTHER is part of us.