susan philipsz: broken ensemble

26 November 2021 - 3 April 2022

In addition to an extensive installation for the church space, artist Susan Philipsz (Glasgow, 1965) has developed a separate sound work entitled Broken Ensemble (2021) for the Collegekamer of Oude Kerk.

The work consists of a sculpture of three organ pipes that each channel the sound of the artist’s breathing through a loudspeaker placed in each pipe. Thus, the sound recording seems to play the organ pipes and the breathing brings the instrument to life. The physical effort of producing sound is clearly audible and the resonating rhythmic tones are reminiscent of sleep. The combined effect of sleep as a metaphor for death and breath as a symbol for life alludes to mortality.

Foto: Gert Jan van Rooij