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WHEN SOUND ENDS



This series of works explores themes of corporeality, in relation to sound production and audition, touch, and loss. The loudspeakers, microphones, enclosures, and membranes presented in this exhibition are in varying states of disrepair; most are no longer capable of producing sound and thus are poignant objects for meditation on impermanence, bodily frailty, and death. Each of these corpses bear visible marks of violence, traces of past collisions and other wounds which emphatetically encourage viewers to visualize this encounter and the consequential loss of capacity.

See more documentation about the overall project: whensoundends.davidetidoni.name/

HIGH TIDE

photo by Katinka Meersy
A loudspeaker projecting white noise is slowly taken by the high tide. As the tide rises, the white noise gets modulated in relation to the movement of the water. As sound disappears, a feeling of separation and withdrawal fills the audience witnessing the loss.

ALL BODIES END IN SILENCE



The work presents several actions Davide has performed with microphones. These actions reflect on the materiality of the sound devices and explore their corporeal aspects, as sounding bodies that he interacts with in unexpected ways. The actions are developed with a direct dramaturgy, each ending with the death of the microphone and consequent absence of sound. Examples of actions include burning a microphone, leaving it on the rail tracks, launching it into the air with a firework, hitting it with a slingshot, … Davide’s actions explore the ephemeral nature of corporeal existence through the presence, absence, and disappearance of sound as a metaphor for life and death.

VIDEO LIST:
Departure [02':40'']
Cut-off [01':38'']
Falling Apart [03':24'']
Until When It Dies [06':10'']
He Hears The Silence So Loud [02':19'']
Untitled [03':08'']
My Target Is Your Eyes [02':34'']
As The Sound Burns [03':38'']

Davide Tidoni: locations, actions, sound, video, editing.
Videos produced by Overtoon and Davide Tidoni.

Thanks to sander, flo, FS, SNCB, a bas la maxi-prison, paolo ruaro, martino, loes@nadine, giammo, eugenio, almarosa, marzi, bam bam bam bam !!!

AS THE SOUND BURNS

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SINGLE STROKES

A LOUDSPEAKER BLOWS UP AND FALLS APART

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photo (1,2) by Pieter Kers | Beeld.nu
A loudspeaker blows up and falls apart. The silence that emerges after the explosion emphasises the transition from presence to absence…

THE BLOWS FROM OUTSIDE


A MICROPHONE IS TREATED WITH HOT WAX DROPS AND EVENTUALLY SET ON FIRE…

the mic is exposed
no armor to wear
facing the world
a punch in the chest
each touch is a mark
each flame is a trace
its body a map that accumulates
the sound it makes
a desperate cry
feeling all those blows
until it dies

photo by Katerina Tamvaki

ALL OF A SUDDEN

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A microphone is placed at the side of a road. A performer is positioned on the opposite side of the road and pulls the microphone from the cable. The microphone keeps crossing the road until it is suddenly hit by passing cars.

MICROPHONE AND NAIL GUN

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MICROPHONE DOWN THE CHIMNEY



BEYOND THE YELLOW LINE



A microphone moves closer and closer to a passing train and eventually gets hit by it. In this work, the microphone is exposed to the consequences of breaking the (safety) distance limit which usually/conventionally separates it from the sound source.

MAREBELLO BEACH SOUND WALK



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SURVEY IN LEICESTER

HOW FAR CAN I GET

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A performer swings a microphone in the air and loosen the cable a few more inches with each turn. The action continues until the cable is long enough that the microphone crashes against the wall.
The performance is a metaphor about becoming aware of one own’s limitations. The impact of the microphone to the wall represents the realisation of one own’s vulnerable nature.

Video – Research Material: https://vimeo.com/114553487 (password: “nevertoofar”)

MY TARGET IS YOUR EYES

A Slingshot And I photo by Luca Ghedini
A performer tries to hit a microphone with a slingshot. The impact of the hit is amplified and diffused at high volume from a loudspeaker. The amplification of the hit allows the thrower to experience the “sensitivity” of the microphone, or in other words: to understand and share the feelings of another body.