Ananda Serné

Yellowhammer Infrasound

HD video, sound, 06:36 min
2016

 

One can look at seeing, but one can't hear hearing. 
- Marcel Duchamp



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In the video Yellowhammer Infrasound, a narrator is searching for an infrasound array that is placed in a small forest in Iceland. The array is placed there in order to measure the trembling of the earth and to calculate volcanic activity. Infrasound is lower than the human hearing can perceive; when the two characters reach the forest where the infrasound array should be placed, all they hear is the sound of birds. They however still feel a desire to document this thing they cannot hear or see.

Yellowhammer Infrasound is a visual and auditory collage that presents a variety of ways of experiencing places in both intuitive and cognitive ways. During the making of the video, I deliberately visited a place of which I knew there was a sound lower than I would be able to perceive. While I was there, I couldn’t hear or see the infrasound or the array, but I knew it was there and I wanted to frame it somehow. 

Sound Design: Sveinbjörn Thorarensen