When All We Have Are Walls

When All We Have are Walls is a real-time sound feedback and video system which is continuously departing. Words by Jorge Luis Borges in El Golem, spoken in both English and Icelandic, are fractured and sent through numerous loudspeakers, forming a “sonorous web”:

“Gradually it was seen to be (as we are) imprisoned in a reverberating web of Before, Later, Yesterday, While, Now, Right, Left, I, You, Those, Others.”

The voices of visitors, as well as the sound of the sculpture itself, are recorded and played back, fractured as are the words of Borges. The resultant web is one of fleeting accumulations and distortions of the history of the gallery space. It speaks out and listens for an answer, creating its own memories and imaginings entwined with those of the visitors.