ⓒ 2011 - 2020

Expanse (2016)
bell recording.exciters.amplifier.cabling

Expanse is a small scale site specific sound installation made for a dome-shaped exhibition space. Exciters provide the room with a non-directional playback of the recording of a Japanese temple bell (keisu) through the windows. The space corresponds directly to the shape of the keisu, and although they are each others inverse, a perfect resonance will occur.

In the Zen tradition, the bell sound functions as the most important transition between everyday activities and ‘shikantaza’ (doing nothing but sitting). The mind simply enters a different state when this bell strikes. Expanse also employs the keisu as a transition; both in an autobiographical sense as well as in the perceptual stretching of the space - the bell is a sound which touches everything.