Justin Bennett - Europa
  Year :   2001
  Location :   Netherlands
  Worktype :   -
  Materials:   2001-03.
  Info :   Something is Rotten in the State of Europe. Lokaal 01, Antwerpen, 2001. CCNOA, Brussels 2002. Stroom HCBK, Den Haag 2002. versions have been made for online presentation for PeepRadio (Denmark) and Borderhack, M

  Work Details  
  Europa is an ongoing project to map european borders with sound. I have made recordings of the wind blowing through fences, of distant sounds blowing from outside and of the ambience of the places themselves. versions of this project have been presented on radio, cd, the internet and in exhibition spaces. In the installation version, sounds from borders combine to form imaginary places: deserted, empty landscapes where the wind carries the few traces of life from afar. Each short piece is generated in real time by a computer program using drawings of borders to determine timing and movement. The resulting soundscapes are often similar, but never repeat. As the state of Europe expands, the borders get longer and the fences get higher, making the project of mapping an increasingly absurd undertaking.