Experiment with Time

Experiment with Time

Thomas Liljenberg

Total length: 61´ 03´´

Recorded at Galleri Mors Mössa, Gothenburg 1982

Digital mastering at Firework Edition, May 2000

Photographs by Erik Pauser

Sound clip
The sound for this CD was recorded live in January 1982 at Galleri Mors Mössa in Gothenburg as a part of Serial Aktion.

   Serial aktion was the first piece I did that was based on variations wthin a serial, repetitiv form and during the 80´s was followed by more exhibitions and performances with the same theme.

   During the 48 hours that the performance lasted I markd my presence in time and space by firing three pistol shots at three targets at three given points in time (at 0 hours, at 24 hours and at 48 hours). The sounds of these shots and all other sounds in the gallery were recorded on a 60-minute cassette tape, which was immediately played and recorded together with all the other sounds on another tape recorder. In that way the 48th and last tape contained all the sounds that had occurred in the gallery during the entire performance, layer upon layer, distorted and re-formed through time and space and the natural wear and tear on the cassette tape.

   My actions were determined by the tape being played, that is, by what I did the hour and hours before. As with the sound these actions grew, hour by hour, into a more complex and layered form.