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Atlas, 2017

Audio installation

Duration 01:57:48

Eks-rummet, Copenhagen Art Week, 2017

Sound composition made in collaboration with Composer Filip de Melo

Atlas is a sound installation that takes its point of departure in the 1930 essay “Street Hauntings” by Virginia Woolf. In this essay Woolf deliberates on the lives of the different people she encounters on a walk through the streets of London an early winters evening. In Atlas Svensgaard phycho-geographically maps her own walk through the city of Copenhagen with the words of Virginia Woolf by reading aloud Woolf’s essay as she walks.

The installation is an audio collage of Svensgaard’s voice and the background sounds encountered on the walk through the city of Copenhagen. The piece takes the form of a meditation and a mantra, as Svensgaard’s voice repeats and wears thin during her two Hour walk. In the act of reading and walking the fictive story she reads superimposes onto her factual journey, the two merge and thus opens up a space for interpretation that belongs to neither fact nor fiction.

For the exhibition in Eks-rummet the audio piece was played through 4 speakers. The sound was moving from speaker to speaker on cue to different sounds in the recording.

We often take the same journey when we have to travel from A to B on a daily basis. And the repetition of such an action inscribes the experience in our beings as a physical bodily memory. Svensgaard phenomenological explores inscriptions and transcriptions in her work. In Atlas she revisits a journey she took several days a week during the summer of 2016.

Photos: Laila Svensgaard