(noun) nonchalant absurdity with a dash of embarrassment.

(verb) to be shark bitten.

(adverb) in a manner that is nonchalantly absurd and embarrassing.

14 December 2011

Otavio Schipper: Empty Voices

Otavio Schipper
Empty Voices, 2011
20 bronze sculptures and acoustic foam
350 x 450 x 500 cm
Unique installation

Originally developed by musicians in order to produce “pure”, perfect pitch for tuning musical instruments, the invention of the tuning fork dates back to the 18th Century. Since then, it has most frequently been used in any number of experiments regarding the nature of sound, notably in analyses of the sets of tones that make up the vowel sounds used in human speech.

In this specific piece, the artist’s constructive approach to sculpture draws from the Modernist tradition (chiefly from Brancusi’s birds and the elongated figures of Giacometti’s The Palace at 4 a.m.) as well as from minimalist and serial methods of musical composition as exemplified by atonalism and other avant-garde techniques such as the polyphonies of ars combinatoria.

The sculptures are cast in bronze from computer-generated molds measuring from 40 to 150 centimeters in height.

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