News Contact Bio Calendar Shop
Local Whispers V&A
06 2014 Old Wood New Life
02 2014 Object Zone NP
09 2013 Priceless at 5th 3rd Bank US
08 2013 Bible & Snail Mail TIL Gallery
07 2013 Culture Queens Wood
04 2013 Blind Hope Alexandra Palace
04 2013 Dalston Reflections
10 2012 Composition 1 2 & 3
06 2012 Complex Megadisaster NY
02 2012 Local Whispers for Full Rabbit
07 2011 Local Whispers 2 Beijing
06 2011 The Wall at Platform China
06 2011 R Sequence at Platform China
04 2011 Medan Mara Kuala Lumpur
01 2010 Local Whispers at V&A
10 2010 Beacon for London 2012
09 2010 Squaring the Circle Kvadrat
06 2010 Testing The Wheel album
06 2010 Leave A Mark at Sonar Barca
09 2009 See-Sound ProjectC at Shunt
09 2009 Digital Tea Party at Shunt
09 2009 Digital Tea Party for Tent
11 2008 Untitled for Audio Arch
04 2008 Outside-Inside Installation
10 2007 See-Sound for Audio Arch
09 2007 Mirrored Beck's Fusions
04 2007 798 Installation DIAF Beijing
11 2006 Evolution Synthetica at V&A
04 2006 Din-Berlin Generative perform
12 2005 Composition H1 and H2
10 2005 Form, Colour and Time paper
07 2005 George Club London re-design
06 2005 Din-Barca Generative perform
04 2005 Composition L1 and L2
11 2004 Cardinal Place glass canopy
10 2004 Din-NY Galapagos Brooklyn
06 2004 Din-Barca Sonar Week
12 2003 Stream performance London
09 2003 Waldorf Hotel re-design
06 2003 Din-Barca Japan field recording
02 2003 Lighting/Audio Research NY
06 2002 Round at Cube Sonar Week
01 2002 Timber Pod Hotel Heathrow
09 2001 WCMT Research Award
09 2000 Neural Nets within Arch paper
08 1999 Fusion Club Leeds
01 1998 A Maze installation Leeds
06 1995 Meander installation Canterbury
vam-room55 main installation

Sound Installation - Tunnel and Room55, V&A South Kensington
Audio Architecture work again with Sub Jam following the previously incomplete project for Dashanzi International Arts Festival in 2007. This time Yan Jun and Ruan Qianrui worked with Experimenter En Couleur and Christian Krupa on an installation called 'Local Whispers'. This multi-faceted collaboration was first exhibited at the V&A Museum on the 27-28th February 2011. The experience involves natural and everyday sounds in an environment of silent moving image and physical objects captured and collected from China and the UK.

'Local Whispers' relates to human perception, the freedom of the imagination and the unreliability of human recollection. The first 'Local Whispers' installation was specifically arranged for the V&A's British Galleries Study Room 55 and to work with Cornelia Parker's 'Breathless' and the gallery above. Headphones lifted by white balloons play found sounds below Cornelia's dark cloud of squashed instruments and are restrained by physical objects. The visitors are invited to explore both sounds and the related objects, using the sound to set the immediate surroundings and object as a catalyst for the imagination. Through the circular gallery above the piece, rays of light augment the walls below with suggestive imagery fragmented by shadows.

room55 objects
Top and above: Main Local Whispers Installation in V&A Room 55. Photos: V&A.

Also exhibited were graphic image with sound, a series of posters representing Chinese cultural events, by Ruan Qianrui and improvised calligraphy by Ruan and Experimenter En Couleur, relating to the sounds and objects in Room 55. The calligraphy breaks free from its fixed traditional form to imply further meaning and emotions.

tunnel entrance installation by EEC and Ruan Qianrui
Tunnel Entrance Installation. Photo: V&A.

calligraphy by eec and ruan qianrui
Calligraphy (detail) by EEC and Ruan Qianrui. Chinese ink on rice paper.


© Experimenter En Couleur