Artangel – Van Gogh’s House, Under Floor Speakers

Under floor speakers and window speakers used to provide audio within a non traditional museum environment.

Trailer: Saskia Olde Wolbers, Yes, these Eyes are the Windows from Artangel on Vimeo.

Overview:
Feonic F1PRO’s fitted under the floorboards help a house where Van Gogh once lived tell it’s story.
Product: 10 x F1.3 plus F4PRO system for window sound
Sound Design – Elena Peña
Sound Installation – Freddie Lippi

Commissioned and Produced by –  Artangel – www.artangel.org.uk

Saskia Olde Wolbers: Yes, these Eyes are the Windows

What traces of lives can a place contain? A blue plaque on the front of an innocuous terraced house in Brixton com-memorates its past resident, a young man by the name of Vincent van Gogh, a tenant from 1873 until 1874.

Taking advantage of a postal strike in the 1970s, a local postman traced Van Gogh to this property, then occupied by a family. The ensuing plaque shielded not only the house but much of the surrounding area from demolition at the time, yet since 2012, the residents now departed, the house has stood empty. Every day people visit the street and can come no closer to the truth of time spent there by its most famous occupant than the front door.

Saskia Olde Wolbers opens this door to the public and invites them in to experience what lies beyond. Frustrating the desire to uncover a history of one man’s time in the house, the artist weaves a fictional narrative from the accounts of oral histories, press archives and literary works, and presents visitors with one particular narrative that enables the space to speak its past. Feonic F1PRO’s mounted invisibly as under floor speakers in every room provide an exciting and evocative narration bringing the house Van Gogh once lived in back to life.

Yes, these Eyes are the Windows was commissioned and produced by Artangel, with the kind permission of James Wang and Alice Childs, supported by the Mondriaan Fund and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Sound design Elena Peña, installation sound engineer Freddie Lippi, music by Daniel Pemberton, Associate Director Lu Kemp, lighting design Cis O’Boyle. audio recorded at Essential Music with Dave Chilton and Lucinda Mason Brown.

 

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