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The AV Archive, 2019

ApparatusMixed media (oak, electronics, 3d print, etc.)11 13/32 x 16 x 11 51/64" (29 x 41 x 30 cm), when openPhysical artwork
$9500Initial price
$9471Current Price
1 contributor
3 of 25
Signature: Hand-signed by artist.
This artwork is a part of project:
In the Age of Quarantine
Frame not included.
Ships from Vienna, Austria
About the artwork

The Audio-Visual Archive presents not only a collection of sounds and images but an entire system to put things into proper order; sonically as well as visually. It is comprised of archival cards with analog audio tape on their backs organized in folders and boxes as well as a dedicated reading apparatus, the ‘Lesegerät’. The archival cards connect images (drawings, scores, etc.) to short recordings of related sound accessible only through AV archive’s proprietary ‘Lesegerät’. The connection between the sonic and visual here is purely poetic. The analog version of the AV archive is counterpointed by a digital version on’s blockchain-based platform entitled ‘Sometimes a Thousand Twangling Instruments’.

In the age of Quarantine

In response to pandemic and mass quarantine is aiming to help artists by creating an expanding system of support.

Already contributed to this artwork

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov$29June 21, 2020 20:15