Justin Bennett - Rumours
  Year :   2000
  Location :   France
  Worktype :   text/sound project
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Urban Rumours project curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist at Fri-Art, Fribourg. I presented text and sound as a live intervention at the Urban Rumours conference in August 2000.

  Work Details  
  Rumour is noise, disturbance, an unidentifiable sound on the edge of perception, a vague feeling, or a premonition of what is to come. Rumour is the sound that guides us through the streets as we wander. It attracts and repels. In vain we search for its source. It is everywhere but nowhere at the same time. Rumour is the sound of many things multiplied and filtered as it resonates through countless spaces on its way to our ears. Rumour is the sound of many voices, acts, and movements. Rumour is the sound of stories. Stories that pass from mouth to ear and, in spreading, form a vector for multiple tales and points-of-view. Translation, interpretation, misunderstanding, hyperbole, and desire infuse rumour with conspiracy, jealousy, humour, intolerance, politics, or morality. Rumour heard from afar sounds like an ever changing drone, a soundfield that surrounds and fills the city with energy. We are listening to the citys inhabitants, its architecture, its rhythms and that ungraspable thing that defines a city s sense of place. Rumour is the sound of the city itself. Later, the piece developed into a long soundscape for the Sonic City project that, together with Urban Rumours was part of the exhibition Mutations, Arc en Reve, Bordeaux, De Raffinerie, Brussel and TNProbe, Tokyo. In this piece, the sound from the street below and the surrounding area is picked up by a moving microphone. The recording explores the different resonances of various spaces which emphasise different aspects of the ambient drone, revealing tones, rhythms, and layers of sound previously hidden in the noise.