Jennifer Allora + Guillermo Calzadilla

Returning a Sound

The first time I saw this video installation was during a show at the Maison Rouge, called Un Vision Du Monde.

Approaching the doorway to the Allora + Calzadilla niche, a quiet rummbling murmur grew stronger and stronger…. The video projected on a small screen contrasted by the big noise that filled the little space.

On the screen rolling green hills cut by narrow dirt roads. We follow behind a young boy on a scooter, the mouth of a trumpet comically welded to the exhaust pipe.

He speeds through the warm landscape with an improvised soundtrack honked out by the switching gears and the velocity of his journey. The work is a comment on the American military base occupation in an area of Porto Rico.

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