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The deconstruction of the table

The deconstruction of the table is a spatial sculptural sound installation based on a previous research about the phenomenological idea of a table - the table as a representative element of reason, a very functional object of every-day use; as a recording device that has no control over what it records; as a container of its own emotions and of everything that it has ever witnessed; a personified table that has a voice not many can hear.

Sculptural sound installation

Concept proposal


Vienna, AT

May 2019

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The installation takes the form of a deconstructed table (ideally a table referencing Art Nouveau with its inherent innovative functional additions) with its components disassembled and suspended in the space in such a way so that the visitors can walk around each element, perceiving them from a different vantage point than normally - standing effortlessly under the table top, touching a leg of a table, standing under a nail, etc. 


Is the table still a table if it loses its function?


Thought of as an individual experience, the exploration of the main hall would delicately be protruded by sounds dispersed in the room, that play with the acoustic potential of the space in a less obvious way - with sounds either coming from within the table elements, either from behind a closed door or from somewhere from above. 

I am interested in controlling how one can hear the sounds, how they would resonate in the space and come together as a syncopated composition, while combining abstract noises with spoken word in an immersive overall sound.

The sounds should make you feel and the image should make you wonder, offering a loose stage for reason and emotion to meet, alter each other, fight each other,
love each other. 

The deconstruction of the table is in a way an emotional reaction to the rationality of the actual object. It represents a process of freeing the table from itself, rendering it back to a disassembled array of almost unrecognizable elements, that now have a voice of their own. It allows the mind to enter a dialogue with the reality perceived by what you feel when you are inside of the installation.

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