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...THE KIOSK: 2001 spacer spacer spacer ...BLIZZARD
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Alex Gawronski
18 July - 9 August, 2001

Blizzard, Alex’s work for Kiosk, similarly draws on pun and play in a work which separates the visual aspect of sound from it’s aural manifestation.

From outside we hear a blizzard endlessly echoing from within the KIOSK and inside the kiosk itself we see speakers which seem to be projecting forth sound. Ironically this sound is as familiar to us from cinema and sound-effect recordings as it is from the experience of actual weather. In this instance KIOSK becomes a type of enclosed and artificial microclimate playfully ‘imitating,’ precluding or sharply contrasting with prevailing climatic conditions. Through the windows of KIOSK we view a series of speakers arranged formally in organic formations as though they were the end result of a naturally occurring corrosive process. The speakers themselves are silent yet we ‘read’ the sound of the blizzard as if it were issuing directly from them.

KIOSK is a permanent public art site for temporary installations of new audio, screen-based, and object based work, twenty four hours a day / seven days a week.

Located on the corner of High and Manchester Streets (outside Java Cafe) in Christchurch, New Zealand. Check out the web site for documentation and further info:

The Physics Room Programme - July to Dec 2001

The Physics Room programme is proudly supported by Creative New Zealand/Toi Aotearoa

Thanks to 0800 Phantom and Christchurch City Council.