Split, Konrad Smolenki at West gallery, The Hague

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At the moment in the exhibition Split at West gallery, Konrad Smolenski shows three installations, each accompanied by audio-works by others. It all works out quite impressively.

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This is Fly, with cattle skulls and a horse skull and speakers in their eye sockets,

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which still make some noise but visually the conversation has congealed.

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Mattin’s sound-work Tinnitus adds quite a nasty sound to the installation, so

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continuing to the next work is just as well.

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The installation Judge is exhibited in a darkened room. Its material structure is more or less

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lost in the dark, but its influence can’t be missed in the room, reinforced as it is by the voice

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of a dead pilot represented by the trance medium Jack Sutton.

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Smolenki’s three works all look dumb or voiceless and, logically thinking, they are. But

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the skulls make some noise of their own, the Judge seems to get a voice from the tape by Sutton and

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the work The End of Radio, consisting of microphones, also makes noise itself. The microphones

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all reach out to one point, in this case to an audio-work by Gregory Whitehead.

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In fact the combinations with the sound-works make new installations. That also makes the idea of a split quite redundant.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

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