Pan-Anthem

Subsculpture 16
Pan-Anthem (2014) is an interactive sound installation where hundreds of national anthems are poised to play, upon the approach of the viewer. Individual movable speakers are magnetically fixed across the wall at the front of the gallery, precisely arranged to visualize a set of national statistics: whether population, GDP, number of women in parliament, land mass, or year of independence, to name a few possible arrangements. For example, when the work is configured to show the spread of national military spending per capita, on the far left of the wall the public can hear the anthems of countries without military forces like Costa Rica, Iceland and Andorra. As they walk to the right, they are able to hear Mexico 50 cm away, then Turkey 1.5 m away, the Russian anthem plays at 2.3 m, UK at 4.7 m, Saudi Arabia at 7.3 m, Israel at 8.7 m and finally the United States' Star Spangled Banner plays by itself at the far right of the room, 9m away. As a visitor approaches a particular set of speakers these start playing automatically, creating a positional panoramic playback of anthems associated to specific metrics.

On a side wall, a separate set of silent speakers are hung. They represent countries that have ceased to exist, e.g. Yugoslavia, USSR, Czechoslovakia, or countries that may exist in the future, e.g. Québec, Catalunya, Scotland. The curator or collector is free to rearrange the speakers to represent any set of national statistics and keep it updated adding or removing countries
Name in spanish: Pan-Himno
Year of Creation: 2014
Technique: Speakers with built-in micro-sd card sound playback and amplification, power distribution battens, ultrasonic proximity sensors, LED screens
Power: The piece uses average 1000W of power, 110 or 220V can be supplied in two circuits of 15A each: max draw is 2,376W
Dimensions: Variable, typically the piece covers a wall that is between 7 and 12 m long
Edition: 3 copies + 1 AP
Keywords: indoor, generator, database, sound.

Exhibitions

Credits

  • Jordan Parsons, Stephan Schulz - programming and hardware
  • Claudia Espinosa, Carolina Murillo, Erin Gee, Orion Szydel, Guillaume Tremblay, Karine Charbonneau, Pierre Fournier - Antimodular production
  • Matt Nightingale, Jon Fawcett, Lucy Woodhouse, Heidi Smith, Jim Woodall, Petr Davychenko, Liam Newnham, Tom Clowney, Callum Leo Hughes - Production support

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