Pink Nightingale

  • Installation
  • 2018

Pink Nightingale

  • Installation
  • 2018

Inside, our bodies are full of ‘artefacts’ – past feelings, past experiences, behaviours and memories, which all take some space. We carry these artefacts within ourselves every day. There are those, which are no longer necessary to us today, which represent nothing more than a piece of information overloaded with tension.

These inner artefacts may continue to affect us in some known or unknown way. In order to ‘ease’ my own load, I created objects through an almost ritualistic-type gesture that would house all of these artefacts from the past. So instead of them residing within my body and me, I symbolically gave them a space on the outside. The work is a visual essay on tension. There are soft and hard elements, a slowly pulsing and glaring light, and abstract, bizarre sound elements made up of an erratic heartbeat, old songs and voice messages. These all emulate the tension the body experiences at any given moment. The viewer is both a witness and participant to a body unravelling.

The sound plays on a small, not visible bluetooth speaker heard in the vicinity of the installation. It consists of five parts:

  1. an erratic, irregular heartbeat
  2. illegible, muffled, fictitious speech, and clamour from public space
  3. various scratching sounds combined with the sound of rain
  4. a cut up, mixed and unrecognizable version of Georgy Girl by The Seekers (1967)
  5. a WhatsApp audio message combined with a sqewed version of Bach’s Suite offered on Huawei phones

Sound made in collaboration with musician Pieter Gabriel – SLEEP SLEEP

Imagine closing your eyelids and looking directly at the sun. You can see the bright pink-red colour of your blood through your skin. You are looking from the inside of your pink body outwards. The body and whole skin is porous, it lets in and it breathes out. At any given moment, we are surrounded by a mist of matter coming from our insides. We alternately dematerialize and recompose. We are able to look out of our bodies and look in.