Installation by AUDiNT (UK), 2011/2012
// Project Space of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
// 28.01.–05.02. › daily 12–19:00
The "Dead Record Office" by AUDiNT (short for "Audio Intelligence"), an artistic research team currently comprising Steve Goodman aka Kode 9, Toby Heys and Jon Cohrs, documents and directs the military-disciplinary use of sound: Top-secret military projects simulating sounds of the enemy, reproductions of sounds of dead allies communicating from beyond the grave, crowd-control experiments that make it difficult to discern whether a voice is coming from a person’s own consciousness or projected from the outside, infra- and sub-frequencies perturbing the very depths of our conscious tissue; here the sensory apparatus and the brain itself has become the battleground.
Utilizing a software named "GhostCoder", AUDiNT are currently systematically encrypting and uploading their research archive of wave-formed affect and propagate it "throughout the living dead networks of our communication systems" with the aim to "arm the mass populace with the efficacy of sonic weaponry so that it does not become the sole preserve of the military-entertainment complex".
"The Dead Record Office" is a shrine, a sacred place, testament to the distributed efforts of AUDiNT members to re-purpose military research relating to acoustic weaponry, in order to improve previously occulted attempts to open up the 3rd ear. The 3rd ear, is a dimension that materializes when sound, ultrasound, and infrasound are simultaneously deployed in a precise schema of sequencing, duration, and amplification. The 3rd ear forms a conduit for the channelling of voices and frequencies, allowing communication between the living and the dead, sanity and insanity and between disparate locations in space and time.
Visitors to the installation are invited to take one of the available flashlights to enter the dark room and experience its dark science and sonically dissonant content.
Steve Goodman runs the record label Hyperdub and produces electronic music as Kode9. He is senior lecturer in Sonic Culture at the University of East London. His recent book Sonic Warfare (MIT Press, 2010) is a theoretical investigation of sound, affect and power. Additionally, he was a member of the autonomous research collective, the Ccru (Cybernetic culture research unit).
Toby Heys produces music, sound / video installations and web projects as a member of Battery Operated and robotic/ electronic media projects as a member of The KIT Collaboration (› kitcollaboration.net). He runs the sound / video label Cocosolidciti. Recently he finished a year-long "visiting scholar" post in the Music department of New York University and is currently an AHRC scholar finishing a PhD at John Moores University in England as well as a resident artist at Eyebeam in New York.
Jon Cohrs is a recording engineer who runs Spleenless Mastering and a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Recently, he created OMG I’m on .TV, an analog Pirate TV station during the digital transition that was used as a reference in a Supreme Court amicus brief on creativity and copyright. Currently, he is a fellow at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and teaches at Parsons, The New School for Design.
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