Here you can hear/ see the excerpt from the sound installation in Azeri, Russian and Lezgi with English subtitles.
Alphabet Cubes, 2014
from the series: conversations: hula-hoops, elastics, marbles and sand
7 channel sound installation + 45 wooden cubes, acrylic, dimensions variable, 72 min, loop
The installation Alphabet Cubes conceived for the exhibition Conversations - Azerbaijan at YAY Gallery, Baku is one of the site-specific installations from a series Conversations: Hula Hoops, Elastics, Marbles and Sand, produced in different parts of the world.
This installation is made out of 45 wooden cubes painetd with different alphabets that are being used in Azerbaijan ( Azeri, Russian, Lezgi). Listening to the sound of the installation the spectator has the impression that he/she is listening to a conversation between these seven children.
Each installation is made in relation to the local site and accompanied with a sound piece emitted from 6 – 7 speakers (each speaker for the voice of one child); the children are narrating/answering questions about political issues such as social exclusion and inclusion, about foreigners, language, war, money, poverty.
These are 7 to 9 year olds, school children with different ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds. In the post- production of the recorded material, the questions asked are omitted and only the children’s answers are edited to create a narrative. Listening to the sound of the installation the specta- tor has the impression that he/she is listening to a conversation between these seven children.
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