The installation is characterised by the interplay of two concepts that we will define as Displacement and Extension. Through its use of radio signals that are being received in real time, and those that are digitally pre-recorded, the work posits an extension of the artistic experience (or at least of natural phenomena that can be apprehended as artistic material) beyond the physical location of the gallery space.
There is thus a displacement of the artistic content of the work. Although there are sculptural aspects of the work, such as the 3m (10ft) cube steel space frame, the most important artistic component is the VLF and short wave radio signals, which are the residual sonic fragments of occurrences happening elsewhere.
Discharges from lightning storms, which are currently in progress around the planet, or which happened once and were recorded, combine in the work to create a complex network of temporal and spatial displacements. What we are hearing may be the resultant of a lightning storm currently in progress, or may be a recording made during an historical storm; a recording that was made at an unknown point in history, and at a location that is remote from the gallery space. [MORE …]
Via: Plunderphonics blog