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Sound Bombs Ken Gregory (2001)

Winnipegger Ken Gregory came for a residency at Avatar in October 2001. The Sound Bombs Project he worked on grew out of his long-term interest in portable sound installations.

Winnipegger Ken Gregory came for a residency at Avatar in October 2001. The Sound Bombs Project he worked on grew out of his long-term interest in portable sound installations. Such installations require only light equipment and are thus easily distributed to the public without the artist having to go anywhere. Gregory’s project was to intrude on people through the mail in the manner of musical greeting cards, specifically the type that plays a tune when opened. The installation thus turned recipients’ private space into a site for an audio art intervention.

 

What happens to a project like this in the days after September 11, 2001, with its hysteria over suspicious letters and packages? With thoughts of not-merely-sound explosions all around him, Gregory’s act of critique risked being misunderstood or even seen as criminal. Mail sound art can’t ignore what’s going on in the world. A situation once again showing how art is linked to the world around it. 

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