In Reach of a Murmur

2022

telephone booth, halogen tubes, aluminium vacuum holders, exciters, tactile transducer, sound installation



Mechanised howlings, ghostly hums, and low-grade whines are produced relentlessly by the back-end infrastructure that keeps social apparatuses functioning. When operating efficiently, the focus on these systems is placed only on their inputs and outputs rather than their underlying complexity. Consequently, the more successful they become, the more opaque and obscure they grow. In Reach of a Murmur examines the possibilities of unblackboxing an architecture of power through media archaeology. As structures of authority deteriorate, they end up experiencing leakages. Secrecy eventually overflows its physical confinements, spilling noise as a by-product of their decay.



A spatial audio configuration pours the data of files stored in the hidden server room of the former courthouse into a public telephone booth by means of vibration and resonance. The piece renders these transmissions as dying signals of the judiciary, colliding its archaeoacoustics in an inversion of physical and sonic horizons.

Part of “Holding Pattern”, Sandberg Instituut Graduation Show 2022, De Oude Rechtbank, Amsterdam, NL











Documentation: Kyulim Kim
With the aim to reduce energy consumption and display artwork more sustainably, this website is designed with black backgrounds, system typefaces and dithered images.



With the aim to reduce energy consumption and display artwork more sustainably, this website is designed with black backgrounds, system typefaces and dithered images.