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Edwin Stolk ☰

Conjuncture of circumstances I - II

8 - 17 July 2011

This soundwork is available online and a soundscape of these recordings was played at the Sandberg MFA (Master Fine Arts) graduation show in 2011. This work was possible in collaboration with the Service garage and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.

Conjuncture of circumstances I is an intimate video performance of 3:50 min where I try to imitate a trumpet playing: Taptoe-signal. Which is played at Remembrance of the Dead that is held annually on May 4 in the Netherlands.It commemorates all civilians and members of the armed forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of the Second World War. By doing so I wanted to respond to the growing hostility against minority groups in the Netherlands.

Conjuncture of circumstances II consisted out of a soundscape of 10:55 min which was played in a loop during the MFA group exhibition in 2011. While imitating the sound of a trumpet I recorded these taps known for military purposes as for example memorial, reveille and the sound played before armies attack.

This sound was played in the exhibition space during the graduation exhibition and reached even outside where it established an important connection with the public domain. Inside it disturbed in a way the experience of the other artworks. With this soundwork I wanted to point at the role and function of art in todays society. It was a call towards other artists to take visual responsibility and to collaborate.


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