A sound installation / spiritual cocoon by Kira Kira & Graham Keegan.
Exhibited in HLAÐAN, Vatnsleysuströnd. Iceland. July 25th-August 13th 2011.
Sound & 16 mm film.
Sound installations within towers.
DUEL II 2004
Kunstcentrum Vooruit, Gent. Belgium.
Sonic Pictures Festival
Two powerful smoke machines were placed inside the two towers of the Vooruit art castle in Gent. They blew a dramatic smoke between themselves, illuminated by a bright white light at night. There were speakers up there too that delivered ghostly sighs over a 300 meter radius around the castle. Inside, behind locked doors midway through the staircase, the sighs could be heard up close through the smoke sneaking through the space between floor and door.
While we were testing the smoke machines, the fire department of Gent had no peace. People from neighboring cities were calling to report a fire in the castle. We had some ten minutes to enjoy the vision of the white smoke thundering between the towers before we had to blow it out. We did not get the chance to capture the moment on film, but if you happen to be one of the few lucky ones who witnessed this and you happened to be carrying a camera during those famous 10 minutes, do get in touch.
DEATH BY LAUGHTER 2003
Hallgrimskirkja church tower, Reykjavik.
Over 6 hours, from afternoon until midnight, lighthearted giggles slowly transformed into a horrible dark laughter until the very last minutes where the two laughs wrestled.
Speakers where installed in the church tower and the sound travelled over a radius of 300 meters or so. The police shut the piece down just before midnight when a local comedian from the neighborhood complained that he was having a hard time putting his kids to sleep. They were frightened.
LAST DROPS 2002
Tho old Reykjavik fire tower, Tjarnargata.
Collaboration with Musikvatur.
Water drops trickled from the top of the tower to the floor which was wired with microphones and delays. The installation was a part of a project called Towers in Reykjavik where we explored a few forsaken towers and brought them to life for a day, touching the space a little bit and inviting people through their otherwise locked doors. This particular tower was built to dry the hoses from the fire department which up until then were rotted through and useless for their purpose.
LAST BREATH 2002
Reykjavik Apotechary tower.
Recordings of destroyed lungs played inside this forsaken space as part of a group show where a handful of artists created pieces for the ghostly loft above what used to be an apotechary.
Also part of the Towers in Reykjavik project.
Created for Voudo – An exhibition on sound art in Gallery 0047, Oslo.
Released on a 12″ vinyl compilation.
The Living Art Museum
Grass Road group show
Movement sensors, strobe lights, smoke and sound.
Sound installation with super-8 film.
Kunstcentrum Vooruit: Etoiles Polaires Festival, Gent. Belgium & Slunkariki, Isafirdi. Iceland.
Two girls in white nightgowns appear as if inside the wall, subtly moving. Movement sensors trigger a super-8 projector when someone enters the space.