LISTENING TO THE RIVER
Sound Installation, 2019
Inside the Rhein river, one hydrophone (a microphone working inside the water) and a speaker hanging by a fishing rod were installed. From the speaker comes out a voice reading poems, and the microphone catches the voice with the live noises inside the river, such as the motor sound of passing boats and swimming duck’s feet inside the water. The passerby can hear the combination of the poem and live sound inside the river through headphones hanging on the rail by the river.
The words of the poem, which the microphone catches from the speaker inside the water, are flowing through the live stream of the river. All the live noises inside the water participate as the elements of this poetry, and through this sound installation, the river becomes a body having its voice. And the equipment inside of the water goes out of order and is interrupted by the water flow as time goes on.