The voice of shadow

“The voice of shadow” is a participatory sound installation for audience’s gesture, shadow, light sensor, microprocessor, self-made and found string instruments. The spectator can create their own shadow movement and through the shadows´ “touch” play on the instruments, making them sound in various colors and tempi.

This work explores the border between intentionality and un-intentionality, between being the performer and the spectator, between immateriality and physicality, between listening and seeing. Shadow and sound are immaterial projections of the participants’ physicality.

The installation allows for diverse perspectives on the spectacular shadow, or the choreography of the individual audience, or the interesting changes in the course of sound enabled by the shadow movement, or any combination of these three. For the passive onlooker the active spectator becomes the performer.

Some might choose to focus mainly on the sound and the shadow intentionally, thus their physical body moves un-intentionally. Some might be more aware of their physical body movement, thus their shadow and the sonic outcome is (partially) unintentional. Some will be paying attention to all the three elements simultaneously and maybe have awareness of beeing watched by other visitors.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the people of Polystipos village in Cyprus, who shared the materials with us, helped us building the instruments and objects for the installation during Xarkis Residency and Festival! Each object carries with it, part of the local history. The gourd is from the 60s and was used as a ladle to scoop home-brewed wine from one barrel to another. The wooden box was found by Andreas – the carpenter of the village, at a land-fill and was meant for raising his chickens. The buzuki – a musical instrument popular in Greece and Cyprus that was brought there in the 1900s by Greek immigrants from Turkey, was also lent to us by a family in Polystipos village. The space itself is just as historical. It is literally the fridge of the village’s mayor. Every family in the village has a “fridge” where they traditionally store their harvest and home-made wine in cool temparature.

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