For the gallery at the Swiss Institute, Jacob Kirkegaard has produced
a new work named after the Swiss Institute's location on Broadway
The piece "Broadway" is a five-channel sound installation
that comprises the columns that run through the gallery space. Although
elements of the building’s architecture, the columns also
transmit subtle vibrations generated by movement on the street below.
The internal sound of each column has been recorded with accelerometers
and is played back into the columns by means of sixty small exciters.
Thus the five columns are transformed into loudspeakers, each of
which plays the sounds of Broadway in its individual resonant frequency
With this piece, Kirkegaard not only outlines a multifaceted portrait
of Broadway as idea, location and historical concept - he also offers
a unique means of experiencing the reverberations of an urban environment,
conducted vertically by the columns
Freelance curator Marie Koelbaek Iversen initiated the collaboration
between Jacob Kirkegaard and the Swiss Institute. The exhibition
is shared with photographer Georg Gatsas. The exhibition ran at
the Swiss Institute (http://swissinstitute.net) in New York City
from March 20th to May 7th 2007
The installation BROADWAY was generously supported by The Danish
YOU CAN READ CURATOR MARIE KOELBAEK IVERSEN'S TEXT ABOUT BROADWAY
The text was originally written for Danish for the Danish magazine
"Dansk Musik Tidsskrift"