untitled (sharawadji #141)

untitled (sharawadji #141)

2016 | site-specific installation | 8-channel audio, custom software, transducers
Commissioned by the Fundación Juan March for the exhibition ‘Listening with the Eyes: Sound Art in Spain (1961–2016)’, Madrid.
Curated by José Iges, José Luis Maire and Manuel Fontán del Junco.
Work active from 14 October 2016 until 15 January 2017.

untitled (sharawadji #141) is a sound installation created for the stairway of the Fundación Juan March in Madrid based on the exploration of the aural and spatial characteristics of the site. Vibration transducers concealed throughout the stairway introduce both airborne and structure-borne tactile sound into the space, activating the architecture and materials with acoustic energy. As an unmarked intervention in a public area outside of the exhibition galleries, the work aims to stimulate a shift in the perception of the passers-by who might experience it. The intervention adds a new aural layer which merges with the surrounding sonic environment and with the ebb and flow of activity in the building.

The Sharawadji effect is an aesthetic effect which characterises the sensation of plenitude sometimes created by the contemplation of a complex soundscape whose beauty is unexplainable. This virtual order, imperceptible and present, produces fascination and is breathtaking. It is unexpected and transports us elsewhere, beyond the strict representation of things, out of context.

Jean-François Augoyard & Henry Torgue – Sonic Experience: A guide to Everyday Sounds

Special thanks: José Luis Maire, Emmanuelle Spinazzé, Sergio Millán, Silvia Janošková.