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COLLECTED AUDIO FREQUENCIES FROM PYONGYANG I

 

UEDITED SOUND RECORDED FROM 42ND FLOOR OF YANGGAKDO HOTEL, PYONGYANG - NORTH KOREA, 2010.

 

THE SOUND INSTALLATION WAS PRESENTED AT THE ARTIST RUN SPACE

KOH-I-NOOR, COPENHAGEN IN 2010-

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" You cannot demonize people when you´re sitting there listening to their music.

You don´t go to war with people unless you demonize them first"

 

Former Defense Secretary William Perry´s comments after attending a concert by the New York Philharmonic i Pyongyang on February 26th 2008. The concert was held as part of an attempt at so called cultural diplomacy.

 

The Perry approach as the strategy is also called, is the idealistic notion that music has the power and potential to bring cultures closer together in mutual respect. If one is to take Perry´s statement literally, it even seems to be the case that music by definition subverts antagonisms and cancels the very idea of war as a possibility.

 

Pyongyang has a soundtrack. Early one morning in February 2010; I am standing in a hotel room recording this sound on my Ipod. From the 42nd floor the music seems to surround the whole city. It reverberates with my actual point of view and my perception.

 

With Perry´s theory as the point of departure, this Soundtrack is the replaying matter for the exhibition Collected Audio Frequencies from Pyongyang.

 

 

This project is kindly supported by L.F. Foghts Fonden and Det Obelske Familiefond.