Fear of Silence, or A Brief History of the Air-Raid Siren

Fear of Silence, or A Brief History of the Air-Raid Siren

Date: 
05.02.2016 20:00
Festival edition: 
2016
Format: 
Performance
Location: 
HKW
Vortragssaal

As a part of her ongoing research on perceptions of safety in the urban sphere, Israeli visual artist Alona Rodeh has been drawn to the growing usage of alarms in music and in public space. Today, alarms are constantly sampled in different musical genres: horns in reggae and dancehall; police sirens in hip hop; air-raid sirens in techno. Rodeh will share her view on the history of siren devices, mapping the parallel evolution of sirens in civil defense and music from the early 19th century until today, with an emphasis on Israel’s history of alarms. Her talk will include demonstrations of siren sounds in what will eventually become a musical composition carried out by Tel Aviv musician Mule Driver.

 

Please note: The performance is not recommended for children and people who are sensitive to high volume or complete darkness.

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