Welcome to the Goethe-Institut RiverScapes Blog.
Coordinated by Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 6 curators and 17 artists from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines have been working on the subject of ecological and cultural change of major river landscapes in Southeast Asia, creating installations, photo series, video and sound installations. Riverscapes INFLUX Blog followed the artists’ working process and gives an insight on how the artworks evolved. The exhibition has been shown in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, and will now tour the other participating countries until March 2013.
The exhibition will tour the following countries from April 2012 to March 2013:
Sound Bridge is a sound installation of circuit-bent sound devices created from low voltage electronic devices that are connected to a platform with railings to afford passage across a waterway.
The railings are made of stainless steel pipes supported by a wooden post, , and produce interactive sounds when used and touched by both hands of the person walking on it. The sound sculpture is proposed to be installed as a platform across a waterway in a public park with rivers, streams or waterfalls nearby. It connects the environment, humans, and art. When a person standing above the river touches the metal parts of the sculpture, it will produce a sound. By touching the metal bars of the structural connection, the person itself is also transformed into a bridge of sonic possibilities. And this sound will catch the curiosity of other people to experience or just to know how this thing works. The public will be invited and encouraged to interact with the installation. They can control the sounds by walking across the waterway and touching the parallel metal bars resting for support at the side of the bridge. At the same time, they will be exposed to sounds of their surroundings. And then, they will notice that the sound is just attracting their attention to let us tell them about the aim of the “Riverscapes IN FLUX” project.
Curated by: Claro Ramirez
is an artist and musician from the Philippines. He is currently involved in a project called Aurora Borealis, a platform for lush sonic soundscapes in the vein of post-rock improvisations and dream pop sensibilities. He has been silently active behind various bands in the local music scene since the early ‘90s. Jon Romero is also a member of the avant-garde collective ELEMENTO, a multi-disciplinary art collective spear-headed by Lirio Salvador, a sound artist and founder of EXperimentation In Sound Art Tradition (EXIST). In addition to this, Jon Romero is a member of the Espasyo Siningdikato Gallery’s artists in residence program, and also dabbles in the visual arts, especially graphic design.