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Michele Spanghero, Vol., 2018, lacquered wood, loudspeakers, modified microphones, microphone stands, audio cables, audio system, sound, dimensions variable.

Michele Spanghero

Galerie Alberta Pane | Paris

Michele Spanghero, Vol., 2018, lacquered wood, loudspeakers, modified microphones, microphone stands, audio cables, audio system, sound, dimensions variable.

Michele Spanghero’s Vol., 2018, is a minimalist sound installation created with a technique that the experimental composer Alvin Lucier developed. In I am sitting in a room, 1969, which has served as an inspiration to Spanghero, Lucier’s voice states from the outset the work’s rigorous protocol: The artist records his own voice in a space, then plays it back in that same space and rerecords it, repeating the process “again and again,” until the words become an indistinguishable amalgam of sound and, to a ghostly effect, end up being nothing more than frequencies of resonance. Edward Strickland has keenly observed that “the featured performer is not the ‘I’ but the ‘room,’” to the point that an alternative title might be “I am eaten by a room”—in other words, the work is a veritable “sonic suicide.”

Spanghero pushed this absence, or alienation, of the human presence one step

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