Decadència Viva

Decadència Viva – site-specific sound installation, chapel of Santa Susanna in El Polell

Chapel of Santa Susanna in El Polell

Edu Comelles presenting the final sound installations of Audiotalai Summer Camp 2018 to the public.

Edu Comelles presenting the final sound installations of Audiotalai Summer Camp 2018 to the public.

Martina Weber pointing the way to “Decadencia Viva”.

Around the corner from the old graveyard of the chapel.

Living and Dying. Constructing and Deconstructing. Transforming.

The first visitors following the ants’ trail, listening to the collapsing wall.

Can’t see the process of the wall decaying but you can hear it.

Entering the sacristy of the chapel by the backdoor

We made the water basin that ran dry sound again

gurgling and bubbling water sounds

meanwhile voices adapting the water sounds to the words for water-waterdrop-dropping in Catalan, Spanish, and English.

Ivy finding its way in via cracks in the wall

Long ago the hermit monks who guarded the church were the ones who first kept bees, harvested the wax, produced candles. Today candles are made of parafin. We found some long paraffin candles – all twisted and bend – in the cupboard…

… Who is keeping and who is kept? It is the monks who kept the bees It is the bees who make the wax Both gone now – monks and bees and wax Candles made of paraffin…

made the bees audible in the sacristy

and the sounds of the cracks in the wall echoed in the tiny room. Voices playing with the words for crack-cracking in Catalan, Spanish, and English. We planted the voices in the chimney, still mumbling from the old walling.

planted in the vase – long dead. growing in the corner – still alive.

The ivy starting to grow from the ground, further up only its skeleton is still visible.

growing ivy made audible.

Listening closely to the transformation.

Happy creators