C Magazine, Winter 2012, no. 116, p. 57
This article is a review of the Sounding Selves exhibition that was shown at the Dalhousie University Art Gallery from May 18th to July 8th, 2012. The show comprised six works, with a focus on sound. Jani Ruscica had two pieces in the show, one of which was the video installation Batbox/Beatbox (2007) in which two video projections play one after the other. One projection shows a spoken-word artist performing, with images of commuters moving through the subway and responding to urban sounds. The other video projection shows a scientist measuring the acoustic behaviour of tiny bats as they traverse their environment. To the left of Batbox/Beatbox, one was faced with Anri Sala's video installation Lakkat (2004). In this piece, a waist-level projector shows two Senegalese boys repeating words from Wolof (Senegalese language). Another video installation in the show was Antonia Hirsch's 2005 piece Tacet (Anthems of the Member Nations of the North American Free Trade Agreement: Canada, United States of America, Mexican United States) in which three channels of video show conductors from each of these countries reading their respective national anthems. The final video installation included in the show was Jana Sterbak's DecLaration (1993). In Sterbak's video, a man reads the French Declaration of Independence backwards. The works in the Sounding Selves show were diverse in content, with sound as the element linking them together.
ITEM 2012.100 – available for viewing in the Research Centre
Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited
Batbox/Beatbox – Jani Ruscica
Lakkat – Anri Sala
Tacet (Anthems of the Member Nations of the North American Free Trade Agreement: Canada, United States of America, Mexican United States) – Antonia Hirsch
DecLaration – Jana Sterbak