中国 watchtower

Eliot Palmer and Larissa Linnell undertook a residency with Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, in November 2010. The gallery is located in a 600-year old Ming dynasty watchtower in Dongbianmen.

During the residency, the artists explored concepts of enclosure, containment and being ‘set apart,’ as seen in the design and use of Beijing’s parks and public spaces.

The watchtower’s massive wooden internal structures were used as the focal point for sound-making and recording. A vibration transducer was attached to key points in the building, and tuned to drive resonant frequencies. The stairs and beams yielded rattles that were recorded.

In an open studio exhibition, these sounds were played through rice containers, placed on loudspeaker drivers.