Various Artists | Invisible Cities
Audio Installation/MP3 | F.0037.0001
"At times all I need is a brief glimpse... a glint of light in the fog, the dialogue of two passersby meeting in the crowd, and I think that, setting out from there, I will put together, piece by piece, the perfect city, made of fragments mixed with the rest, of instants separated by intervals, of signals one sends out, not knowing who receives them."
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
Curated by Fällt designers Fehler, 'Invisible Cities' offers the opportunity to experience an intimate series of portraits of the world's cities painted with sound.
Through the interface of a gallery wall, each city, represented by an audio work of five minutes duration, is accessible through headphones. Participants in the gallery can transcend distance - moving from Moscow to Montreal, from Berlin to Beijing - in the time it takes to plug a pair of headphones into an alternative location.
A series of artists were invited to contribute a five minute audio work inspired by and utilising the sounds of the cities they cherish. Their contributions range from quiet and contemplative to noisy and frenetic with styles ranging from the pristine digital crackles of Baltimore based artist Richard Chartier (Whitney Biennial, 12k, LINE) to the near-silence of Tokyo based ultra-minimalist *0 (Nosei Sakata).
Invisible Cities was commissioned by Queen's University, Belfast for Belfast Festival at Queen's 2002 and is supported in its touring format by the British Council. To date it has exhibited in: Lisbon, Portugal; Naples, Italy; Brussels, Belgium; and Valetta, Malta.