July 10, 2016

Summer Musing: All Depends on the Sun

Sometimes certain details stay with me after having seen an art work, it might be a feeling, an image, a sound, a movement, a word. A few weeks ago I saw (or was it hearing?) a sound recording by Silvia Ploner and Nicolas Perret at the Grimmuseum titled All Depends on the Sun. The duo went on a field trip to Lapland to track down the sounds that are said to occur simultaneously with the aurora, although this has not been verified scientifically and is an issue of controversy. I guess it’s something similar to the phenomenon of elves in Iceland. Ploner and Perret talked with people who are convinced to have heard these sounds and tried to describe them. The sun seems to play a crucial role in the occurrence of the sound and there is this one sentence in the interview that is still sharp in my mind: “The sun has been very lazy lately.”

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