International Archives 1st half of 2014
In some parts of Japan there is a tale about the Yamabiko (Echo), a spirit creature that dwells in the mountains. Very seldom seen but more often heard, it is the Yamabiko that replies back to you when you shout out. It is the embodiment of echo. Nowadays, however, some say that the Yamabiko is on the brink of extinction. They say it is because nature is getting more and more silent. The question is if they mean the kind of silence that appears when there is no one listening. Listening is not a very favoured skill in our society. What counts is speech and rhetorics.
Now, try and imagine a different form of listening, a listening that zooms in on everything from the weakest of sounds to the loudest of noise. A kind of listening that opens up a new universe both within the sounding and the silence of objects. A listening that can be applied on all things, like a new way of seeing.
To approach such a listening, one could for instance begin with the following kōan: What is the sound of one hand clapping?
A kōan is a kind of philosophical trigger to provoke the "great doubt" in order to test one's progress in Zen-
Like a sonar Andreas Mangione scans the terrain he is passing through on his everyday walks, on the same paths through his neighbourhood. The remains, the small insignificant parts, catch his eyes and ears. The details of everyday life. Fragments, but also vessels for inherent stories. These stories are then assembled, rearticulated and told through sculpture and drawing. A continuous transformation, silent but with the act of listening very present.
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Exhibition 21 February -
Photo: Andreas Mangione