Monday, August 18, 2008

Call in the Wild

I kid you not. Call the number and say what you like to the inhabitants of Dalsfjord in Western Norway. Your voice will be broadcast by the Telemegaphone Dale which stands seven metres tall on top of the Bergskletten mountain.

When you dial the Telemegaphone’s phone number the sound of your voice is projected out across the fjord, the valley and the village of Dale below.

Telemegaphone Dale is generously supported by Nordic Culture Point, Unsworn Industries of Sweden (who are keeping a blog) and NKD - nordic artists’ centre in dale. Special thanks to Nicklas Marélius, Svein Ove Løseth, landowner Ingolf Viken, and Jörgen Bladh at Kylprodukter i Kivik.

Standing ovations, it seems, to Bora Yoon for composing and performing the first ever Telemegaphone Concerto for the opening ceremony earlier this month. It was magnificient to hear her clear voice cut through the mountain mists, accompanied by rainfall and the sound of a chainsaw far off in the distance.

The inhabitants of the village hear what you say in the background - although at night I guess it might keep some people awake. The Swedes are going back in a few weeks to see what the locals think of this sound-art project.
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