The Rain of Applause By Maria Chavez for INKONST, Malmö, Sweden
The Rain of Applause- INKONST, Malmö is a multi-channel sound installation containing the playback audio of applause, recorded from live events at Inkonst and by Björn Eriksson (Miulew) and the music production and sound engineering class at Hola folkhögskola in Stockholm, Sweden. The piece was shown as part Chavez’s artist residency with INKONST in Malmö. Sweden in April, 2014.
The 24 hour sound installation aims to view the sound of applause as a sound source, separating it from the role of applause as a reaction after a performance/presentation.
The sound of applause shares some similar characteristics to the sound of a rainstorm and because of this could create an auditory illusion. As the perception of the listener shifts some may mistake the recordings of applause as sounds from a rainstorm.
In the installation, 12 hanging speakers will contain the live recordings of applause, a sound that is most commonly heard between the hours of 9:30pm – midnight.
Externally, the art piece, as a running time based installation, asks the question, “Can a sound piece still exist when one leaves the room?“ To answer this question the work will play or be ‘on’ for 24 hours without interruption. Once listener’s have experienced the installation they take the memory of the experience along with the knowledge that the piece will be running, regardless of where the listener is located that day, making the installation even more ‘permanent’.
While part of this installation is meant to create a masking of various applause trajectories into the sound of a rainstorm, the piece as a whole is meant to embody the spirit of Inkonst and the city of Malmö, Sweden.