radio piece (hong kong)
a work by DAVID CLAERBOUT

single channel video installation, binaural sound over headphones, 11min
in collaboration with RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain2015

Radio Piece (Hong Kong) is an audiovisual installation on the intersection of mental and physical space, primarily using images of Hong Kong’s notorious Kowloon, the walled city (now taken down) that lacked room up to the point of being inhumane.

Mental space has become the new real estate, a profitable market, offering unlimited room for expansion.
When considered literally, mental space could be the space from ear to ear, and hearing could be the wall to wall size of that room.
The installation uses binaural sound recordings - a recording method that positions the microphones inside the ear of the listener, and later transmits those sounds through the headset, resulting in an uncanny presence of fictional noises of people and events taking place inside the room.

The visual part of the work is an uninterrupted backtracking camera, smoothly moving from one type of space into another (starting with a photograph of a Zen garden, then a cramped room and finally the walled city of Kowloon). The sound on the other hand ‘depicts’ those same spaces as something internal, inside the head, or to be more precise : inside the headphones.

In Radio Piece (Hong Kong) everything seems directed to appear like a rhythmical sequence of sounds, in a space that is uninterrupted and sovereign.
But in fact space, living-conditions, mental space and virtual space have been mixed up to cast doubt onto the coherence of perception, all while formulating a critique on the colonisation of the mind - as - real estate.
The mindset being that real places and real resources become unavailable, it is to be expected that a ‘market’ of mental real estate develops in the space
between the ears.

artist : david claerbout
production: claerbout studio
sound: kwinten van laethem