Box with the Sound of Its Own Making, Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest

November 2017
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Salonul de Proiecte

Universul Printing House
Building B, 1st floor
23-25 Ion Brezoianu
Bucharest, Romania

Works by: Geert Goiris, Susanne Kriemann, Fabio Mauri, Philip Metten, Phillip Warnell Lecture-performances by: Sarah Browne, Erik Bünger, Ho Rui An Films by: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Sarah Browne, Erik Bünger, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Josef Dabernig, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Daria Martin, Laure Prouvost, Anri Sala, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Phillip Warnell, Bedwyr Williams, John Williamson

Curated by: Mihnea Mircan

December 6: Lecture-performance by Sarah Browne, speaking as a woman as a dog

This exhibition borrows both its title and modus operandi from a 1961 sculpture by Robert Morris. Something of a ventriloquist object, Morris’ Box with the Sound of Its Own Making is a modest wooden box, inside which a tape player continuously reproduces the sounds of its fabrication: a 3-hour process of sawing, drilling and nailing. Box with the Sound of Its Own Making is understood here as both image and narrative of manufacture, film still and soundtrack – as an object whose coming together is described in two distinct systems, or placed at the intersection of different timelines. Its identity is both demonstrated and looped into the past of its construction, as much as into a future where it is endlessly achieved. This might be the correlate, material and abstract, of a biography, an account of the affirmations and hesitations, exclamations and retractions, impersonations and personifications that make the dynamic of selfhood. The presentation imagines a subjectivity narrating its own emergence and re-composition between insides and outsides, makeshift screens and vibrating partitions, between projection, reflection and echo. This self arises as a sequence of preambles and postscripts that demarcate its imagined plenitude.