Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Sound Mirrors

The Athanasius Kircher Society revisits England's sound mirrors: wartime acoustic reflectors used to amplify the sounds of distant Nazi aircraft. For a bit more on the sadly derelict structures, see earlier on BLDGBLOG – or visit The Sound Mirrors Project
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3 comments:

Daphne said...

very Pink Floyd-ish images don't you think?

New Andreas said...

totally

Mark said...

The sound mirrors feature heavily in various projects by art / music / film group Disinformation - the "Antiphony" double CD (packaging features sound mirror photos by Julian Hills from 1996) and "Antiphony Video Supplement" (by film-maker Barry Hale, later retitled "Blackout") which were both published in 1997, with the video being virtually identical to later works by the artists Tacita Dean and Lisa Autogena. The chronology of all these projects is documented in the US art magazine "Cabinet", in an article written by Brian Dillon of the University of Kent, Canterbury.

An "Antiphony Architectural Supplement" was published by Disinformation as a feature in Sound Projector magazine in 1999. A recent press release says that Barry Hale's sound mirror video has been shown at NTT ICC (Tokyo), The Royal College of Art (London), Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst (Leipzig), Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt) and The Dom (Moscow), the Phonotaktik (Vienna) and Sonar (Barcelona) music festivals, a sound art event in a nuclear bunker in Scotland, and exhibited as an installation at The Mac (Birmingham), Quay Arts (Isle of Wight), Wrexham Arts Centre, South Hill Park (Bracknell), Event Gallery (London), Q Gallery (Derby), The Latvian National Museum of Art and The ICA (London).