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Artist turns Berlin Wall into speaker for the people [video]

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For decades, the Berlin Wall stood as a communication barrier between East and West, but Benoit Maubrey’s installation, Speaker’s Wall, couldn’t be more of a contrast to the days when the Iron Curtain split Europe asunder. On display from September 3 – October 2, 2011 at a festival in Angers, France, callers could sound off for all to hear just by picking up the phone and leaving a message.

For this electroacoustic sculpture I used an original segment of the Berlin Wall and extended it with 1000 recycled loudspeakers, radios, and amplifiers. People could call up the sculpture and talk through it directly for 3 minutes. The whole sculpture amplified peoples statements and functions as a “Speakers Corner”. During its installment at “Le Quai: Forum des Arts Vivants” more than 1800 calls were registered. During DJ concerts the Wall also served as PA system.

Full story at Vimeo via Treehugger.

The art of sound.

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