At the moment of being heard – South London Gallery

South London Gallery - Eli Keszler

At the moment of being heard  is an inspiring journey into sound and silence.

The work is wide-ranging and engaging, employing different modes of listening connected to different kinetic processes.

For NEUM  Eli Keszler criss-crosses an entire wall with reverberating piano wires that produce an intermittent loud, machine-like sound. In the intervals of this non-melodic concert, the voices of other work can be heard – Singing by Rolf Julius is composed of seven suspended speakers that move according to the varying vibrations of a low, esoteric buzz.

South London Gallery - Rolf JuliusSouth London Gallery - Rolf Julius

filling a space with salt (in two parts) by cris cole (who hates Upper Case apparently) splits the aural and the visual. Utilising two vents in the gallery floor – one overflows with salt and the other relays an audio recording of the action.

This exhibition explores the nature of sound – mechanical, arcane and intimate. The work forms a discourse that pulls the absence of sound into focus. Breathing-room in a vacuum – white space between forms.

South London Gallery - crys coleSouth London Gallery- Reiner Ruthenbeck

A black and white photograph by Reiner Ruthenbeck shows a gallerist closing the shutters of her gallery – a frozen depiction of sound, a playful visual notation of an aural moment.

Intimate reflections on silence form the heart of Baudouin Oosterlynck’s works. Travelling around Europe, the artist has created a very personal geography of where he has experienced the epiphany of silence. His words express the exhibition

le silence comme ombre du bruit

silence as the shadow of sound

South London Gallery - Baudouin Oosterlynck

Eli Keszler performing at the exhibiton opening in front of his installation, NEUM, 2013. Photo: Fabio Lugaro
Installation view of At the moment of being heard, 2013. Main gallery. Rolf Julius, Singing (detail), 2000/2013, seven loudspeakers, cables, pigments, CD-player and amp. Photo: Andy Keate
Installation view of At the moment of being heard, 2013. Main gallery. (Forefront) Rolf Julius, Singing, 2000/2013, seven loudspeakers, cables, pigments, CD-player and amp. (On the wall) Rolf Julius, Five Red, 2007, 24 printed sheets in eight rows, nails, clips. © estate rolf julius and e/static. Photo: Andy Keate
Installation view of At the moment of being heard, 2013. Main gallery. crys cole, filling a space with salt (in two parts), 2013, two heating shafts, 375kg salt, audio recording, mono speaker. Photo: Andy Keate
Reiner Ruthenbeck, Geräuschstück Nr.3 Rolladen, 1978, black-and-white photograph. Courtesy of Stiftung Kunstfonds
Baudouin Oosterlynck, 1991. Photo © Leopold Oosterlynck

-Roberta Minnucci

At the moment of being heard is on display at the South London Gallery 28 June – 8 September 2013