Track 17 - World on a string
tue-sun 13h-17h (mon closed)
Material: Installation: wooden oak structures with piano forte / harpsichord strings , violoncello bows, grey blankets
The sculpture consists of oak wooden structures with tensed strings in its interior, placed strategically in the transit zone of the space. They resemble two doors and a window. For the artist, the doors are a metaphor for the ongoing international immigration in Europe, especially in the Mediterranean area, and the strings, frontiers and barriers for prohibiting trespass. The installation invites the public, young and old, to interact with these unusual ‘instruments’ and to discover the sounds they make. Playing with the strings, for example, will produce a ‘melancholic’ sound.
The doors of the installation are a reference to the doors of Europe and will invite reflection on diversity through distant unfamiliar sounds as well as recognisable sounds. The sounds that remind us of the title of the piece, World on the string, carry a clear message about the grave situation of the refugees who are waiting at and attempting to cross the borders of Europe, in search of a better future.
About the artist
40 artists from 18 different countries present 60 artworks at 16 indoor and outdoor locations in Kortrijk.