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Adriana Ronżewska-Kotyńska: “Audiomurale”

Audiomurale” von Adriana Ronżewska-Kotyńska: “The Audiomurale project is set on the wall of a townhouse at Rzeznicka Street in the Old Town district of Elblag (Poland). Extensively damaged at the end of World War II, Elblag’s Old Town waited until the 1980′s for major reconstruction works, which eventually took the form of so-called retro-version. As that area was essentially a vast empty square for several decades, nowadays it calls for a revival of its historical urban – or simply urban – ambience. For the purposes of the project, we conducted interviews with passers-by, people working or living in the Old Town. Selected opinions – including some unprintable remarks – were transferred onto a blank wall of a townhouse in the form of spectrograms (i.e. sound wave patterns). As the adjacent plot will be built up in a few years’ time, the project was intended as a temporary – though not short-term – intervention. However, the painting that eventually appeared on the wall requires a key. This key has been provided in the form of an information board with a QR code, enabling access to recorded interviews via a mobile phone. The mural itself is monochromatic, synthetic, by no means neutral in this environment. I hope that it will provoke passers-by (even those who are not into the project’s aesthetics) to stop for a while and listen to the straightforward voice of Elblag’s Old Town.” Via