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"Soundwork 4.0: Craigie Horsfield in Collaboration with Camille Dings, Reinier Rietveld, Mark Ritsema and Rutger Wolfson
2002-03-17 until 2002-05-12
Soundwork 4.0 is a four hour long sound installation, consisting of eight audio channels (stereo is two channels). The especially composed and recorded sound material moves through the space of De Vleeshal's Gothic architecture over eight loudspeakers.
Soundwork 4.0 is made by a collective, consisting of Camille Dings, Craigie Horsfield, Reinier Rietveld, Mark Ritsema and Rutger Wolfson. It is the fourth soundwork in a series, the first of which was executed in Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart in 1999. At that time, Horsfield was known for his photographic work, his participation in socially engaged projects (La ciutat de la gent, Fondacio Antoní Tapies, 1995-1996 and Rotterdam project , Witte de With, 1998), and the development of theories of relation, conversation and slow time. For the Stuttgart project, however, Horsfield invited sound technicians and musicians Dings and Rietveld, musician and composer Ritsema and musician and curator Wolfson - who have all played together in bands - to join him in creating a soundwork. The Stuttgart sound installation was Horsfield’s first sound piece since his pioneering work with sound of the 1970’s. Since Stuttgart, the same collective has constructed sound works in the Ravenstijn Galerij (2000), and at the Frith Street Gallery in London (2001).
Because of its length, it is almost impossible, physically, to experience Soundwork 4.0 in one visit. In its development of an architecture of sound and its attention to the social condition of space, Soundwork 4.0 can also be thought of more as a sound environment, rather than a soundwork. It is an environment to return to again and again; a place where time seems to slow down and things can simply be, without having to justify their existence. Although Soundwork 4.0 appears to add nothing visual to De Vleeshal, it does provoke questions concerning the idea of the museum and changing society.