Sounds of the Sea, Crickets and Translucent Yellow
HD video, sound, 05:44 min
Sounds of the Sea, Crickets and Translucent Yellow combines two identical statues with each other: one of them is situated in a park close to Nagoya in Japan, the other one next to the sea in a small town in the Netherlands.
The filmmaker Chris Marker often combined footage from different places and travels with each other. His film Sans Soleil, however, opens with the occasional impossibility of combining certain images. With this video I wanted to experience whether I could combine the sounds of the two statues with one another. The statues function here as anthropomorphic objects that reflect their immediate surroundings – the park and the seashore. The work deals with a translation between the senses, where sound can become the main component of the narrative and a piece of sculpture can seem to change shape, while staying the same, even in two places at the same time.
I didn’t speak the same language as the ‘listener’ in the video and the filming therefore took place in silence. This draws a comparison to the experience of ambient sounds becoming more prominent when one can’t focus on the spoken words in an environment.
Voice-over: Catoo Kemperman