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5. - 26. Juni 2010

Benjamin Laurent Aman - Symmetric Islands

"Symmetric Islands" is the title of both an installation and a tape release, the mirror of a room
and the room itself. I think it first came up when i was working on cassettes sound works. Working on
a four tracks, I started to be obsessed by this possible double direction of lecture without moving the
tape from the player, just in travelling inside, moving forward and backward at the same time, walking
and being petrified. All these sounds suddenly lost a certain notion of center and the act of reading
became like a non sense, something like a shape. This, only to let you know.

Several times in the past i've used a tape both as an audio device and a physical object.
In "DSM IV Geometry", released in 2009 on the Label: Razzle Dazzle I used the shape of a chess game
as a frame. A side ("Fisher's triangle") was playing, then B side ("Spassky's surface"), etc..
Then, at the end, everything was just ending like a vain strategy. If you play a tape one side, then you
reverse it to play the other side then you have the first side available again as it was before the first
reading. If you consider this as a symmetrical transformation then what could be the center ?
A wrist mouvement, few minutes of decay, a memory, a room, a palace ?

Since a long time I' ve been interested on working on layered and reversed aspects of reading(s)
in installations, confronting different types and direction of reading keeping doors open.
Rooms are loud, non stop talking, constantly duplicating, building perspectives and delay.

"Symmetric Islands" is the title of both an installation and a tape release, the mirror of a room and the
room itself. No concrete relationship between them both except maybe a common geographical area.
"Symmetric Islands" is a soundtrack and "Symmetric Islands" a projection room to travel backward.
"Symmetric Islands"is a loading place and a silent voice murmuring how everything around is about to fall
into unrest. Rooms are loud, non stop talking, constantly self duplicating, building perspectives and delay.
"Symmetric Islands" is visible from June 5th at 4pm to June 26th at 8pm. "Symmetric Islands" has two sides
of twelve minutes, fourty copies are available, each are sold for five euros. Please note that shipping is not
included worldwide. This, only to let you know.





























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