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lignum | 2002

The Wånas Foundation
Knislinge, Sweden
May 26-October 20, 2002

Ann Hamilton - lignum

Materials: paper, cloth, wood, string, four Leslie speakers, sound

Sited in a stone barn built in 1823, lignum was formed in response to the building's history as a structure for the storage of grain and its location between the estate's 16th century castle and the extensive surrounding forests and their attendant perception as material resource and cultural reserve.



Ann Hamilton - ligum


Ann Hamilton -lignum


Ascending and descending through newly cut openings that bisect the building's five floors and the installation's five material horizons of paper, wood, string and cloth, four Leslie speakers turn and throw recorded sound to create a vocal pathway through the 19th century barn. The mechanically moving voice, which sings, reads, hums and calls, is the central figure of the work, creating sonorous and resonant tones/words that envelop and reverberate as they are heard and felt in volume and through space and in relation to material, history, perception and place.


Ann Hamilton · lignum


Photo credit: Thibault Jeanson
Video: Courtesy of The Wånas Foundation


page break Related Readings:
· Fox, Judith Hoss. "Ann Hamilton's lignum in context(s)." Sculpture (May 2003, Volume 22, No. 4): 46-51.



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