Time Shift

Time Shift (2017) by Mark IJzerman, in collaboration with Sebastien Robert, explores the acoustic ecology of South Korea and the audio-visual relationship, documented in an 'audio-photobook'.

시간 이동 / time shift explores the acoustic ecology of South Korea, and documents this in a unique medium, an “audio-photobook”. Creating during a two-month residency at Art Center Nabi as part of V2_’s Summer Sessions. Supported by Stimuleringsfonds.

By using photos made in the winter of 2016 by friend and photographer Sébastien Robert (FR, 1993) and recording soundscapes in the summer of 2017 in exactly the same locations, 시간 이동 / time shift explores both the differences and similarities between what one sees and what one hears in these environments at different times of the year. By capturing the locations in both audio and picture, it gives the viewer a fuller understanding of the locations.

The medium of 시간 이동 / time shift combines the old and the new. It is presented as a book, but with the ability to play sound according to the interaction with the book. This way it draws the viewer in while leaving room for imagination.

Through augmenting photos with sound, a new narrative is created. A picture only captures a small part of one moment in time. As sound waves travel everywhere, it is not possible to “frame” sounds. Hence sound can be viewed as a more honest medium. In the words of soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause: “a picture is worth a thousand words, but a soundscape is worth a thousand pictures.”

This project is realized as part of the Summer Sessions network in a co-production of Art Center Nabi and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, with support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.


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