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Davíð Brynjar Franzson (IS)

An Urban Archive as an English Garden (2019)



The audience enters a room.

In front of them is a forest of speakers. From the front of this forest they hear fragments of an urban archive, the resonance of a single block of a faceless neighborhood, preserved through apathy. To the left, the ocean, boats pass, airplanes sweep over. In the middle, trucks, forklifts, other commercial activity. To the right, traffic, the sound of a city.

Recordings taken at different times at the same location are placed successively in rows through the massive space — either from the front to the back of the space or radiating away from the performer moving through the installation together with the audience.

As the audience walks through the forest, they walk through time, through the memory of what was— experiencing the archive as it was before - hearing what is, in the context of how things were before and how things will be after.

The sounds highlight the motion of time, sound slowly moving from the instrument to the edges of the space, backwards and forward in time at a glacial pace. As the sounds move, they slowly morph into the sounds of the city, mapping contour lines along this sheath of memory.

Sound becomes sculptural, seemingly hovering in the air, almost as if you could touch it.

Time becomes tangible.



Godsbanen, Den Rå Hal, Skovgaardsgade 3, 8000 Aarhus C
May 11 at 15:00-20:00


Ticket price: (Standard) 130 Kr., (Young people under 30) 80 kroner.
Note that you get a 25 % discount if you buy three tickets or more for SPOR festival.

An Urban Archive as an English Garden


Composition, sound and electronics: Davíð Brynjar Franzson

Performers/cocreating artists:

Russell Greenberg, Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir and Matt Barbier

Supported by Icelandic Radio Commisioning Fund

Developed through an Artistic Research Residency at Ircam and ZKM