002_urban_songline, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, 2011
2012 _ 013 Urban Songline (A Hrönir Songline) Latitude: -34.58966° S - -34.58969° S / Longitude: -58.38820° W - -58.38785° W - Galeria Del Infinito Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The original floor plan of the (gallery) space redesigned as a hrönir of a 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 11th and 12th degree as described in Jorge Luis Borges in Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by a local graphic designer and subsequently transformed into sound by matrix printer and music by software.
Part of the project Urban Songlines, a utopian/dystopian series of collaborative translations of buildings, urban structures and public spaces into music through site-specific sound-generation inspired by the tradition of the Songlines, a system for relating to-, mapping of- and caring for their land among Aboriginal Australians. These performances are a way of connecting to places by listening to them as well as a research into how we use and experience the public domain and to what degree we can claim ownership over it, discussing notions of inclusion, becoming and belonging.
Centuries and centuries of idealism have not failed to influence reality. In the most ancient regions of Tlön, the duplication of lost objects is not infrequent. Two persons look for a pencil; the first finds it and says nothing; the second finds a second pencil, no less real, but closer to his expectations. These secondary objects are called hrönir and are, though awkward in form, somewhat longer. Until recently, the hrönir were the accidental products of distraction and forgetfulness. It seems unbelievable that their methodical production dates back scarcely a hundred years...
The methodical fabrication of hrönir (says the Eleventh Volume) has performed prodigious services for archaeologists. It has made possible the interrogation and even the modification of the past, which is now no less plastic and docile than the future. Curiously, the hrönir of second and third degree -- the hrönir derived from another hrön, those derived from the hrön of a hrön -- exaggerate the aberrations of the initial one; those of fifth degree are almost uniform; those of ninth degree become confused with those of the second; in those of the eleventh there is a purity of line not found in the original. The process is cyclical: the hrön of twelfth degree begins to fall off in quality. (Source: Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges)
The gallery space translated into music by the rules of Jorge Luis Borges' story of Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius where history is manipulated and parallel presents are created through the use of production of Hrönir. Here the gallery space is described as a sequence of transformations (hrönir of 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 11th and 12th degree). Windows shift, pillars get duplicated, walls are fortified or bent into curves.
The matrix printer materializing the plans provides for the sound profile that is subsequently turned into music by software. The interpretation of Borges' rules into new floor plans is done by Nuné Molina, a local designer, adding a dimension to the seven decades old portrait of the environment in which this event takes place; Buenos Aires.