The Silent World

Sound installation, 30 minutes
Wood, PVC, copperoxide paint

We perceive the deep sea as a silent place.

Creatures of the ocean exist within the echoing landscape of water and have evolved a relationship with sound as their main basis of communication, location and being within space.

It has never been a silent place.

With this, our noise from shipping, sonar, pile-driving and seismic surveys, are disruptive sounds that mix, churn and flow into a hum, stretching out to every corner of the sea, from shore to deserted arctic. Deafening sound has now become a constant; we have manipulated a ‘silent’ place, and fabricated an underwater planet without refuge.

This work was exhibited as a part of ‘Uncut: Seeking refuge: Fleeing, flowing, leaking’ in het Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.