Fascinating, though less successful, was the installation Oh!m1gas, 2011, by Kuai Shen
. Cameras and contact mics placed inside an ant farm send the sounds of insect industry to a turntable device that ingrains them into a vinyl record. Ultimately, the ants themselves were more interesting than the work made from them. However, saying that, the process of recording their actions translated into a bizarre alien experience.
Similarly, I enjoyed sitting in Goldin+Senneby’s
darkened room listening to The Decapitation of Money, 2010, but I was left wanting more. The audio version of a guided tour exploring the secret society 'Acéphale
', associated with Georges Bataille, could have taken me much further into this world.
I was delighted to stumble across Searching for Parrots
, which was developed as part of the Manifesta education project. It is a downloadable sound walk, and as a guide it is a strange and wonderful experience. The friendly voice of local resident Rudy leads you around the surrounding area, pointing out little details and illustrating them with anecdotes.