Ikon Eastside, 183 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE
Open Thursday - Sunday, 1 - 5pm. Free Entry
This exhibition of newly commissioned work by German artist Florian Hecker characteristically investigates sound in relation to the human body and place, problematising and disrupting spatial perception.
A trail of four independent electro-acoustic works intensifies to become increasingly abstract through movement in the gallery space. The visual simplicity of groups of speakers sits in stark contrast to the sonic experience. Installed close to the entrance, Magnitude Estimation (2010) uses the most
recognisable sound, a human voice, reciting the loudness values of a given sound. The words are emitted simultaneously from another loudspeaker
opposite, doubling the voice and thus the significance and measurement of what is heard.
2x3 Kanal (2x3 channel), (2009) consists of two separate 3-channel pieces in which sound seems to rotate simultaneously – one clockwise, the other counter-clockwise – around the three speakers. Progressively abstract sounds see the installation culminating in Auditory Scene (5 fold) (2010), a five-channel work in which the perception of a sequence of tones changes
according to the listener’s position within the space.
Florian Hecker Press Release (PDF 66kb)
Exhibition co-commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, London and is supported by Arts Council England, Goethe-Institut, Meyer Sound, Zero Cases UK, Sadie Coles HQ, London and Galerie Neu, Berlin.