order of thoughts and things

2 outdoor sound installations for stereo and quad systems [10′/10′]

Two sound works created for Music for a Busy City at Rewire Festival, Den Haag, due to be installed April 2020, was postponed to April 2021 due to Covid-19.

These pieces are connected to places in Den Haag associated with the philosopher Baruch Spinoza: De Nieuwe Kerk, next to his tombstone, and the Spinozahuis, Pavilioensgracht 72, his last abode. Both works are titled: ‘ The Order of Thoughts and Things’, at De Nieuwe Kerk: The Order of Thoughts and Things (Tombstone), and the Pavilioensgracht: The Order of Thoughts and Things (House). Both works juxtapose processed voice with materials such as stone and glass. In (Tombstone) the voices are made to resonate like glass, and are morphed with the sound of the many seagulls that flock around the church. In (House) an intimate female voice is stretched around the 4 corners of the square, triggering sequences of intense noise, and percussive sounds. The title of the work is based on a Proposition from Book 2 of the Ethics: The order and connection of ideas is the same as the order and connection of things .

tomb of Spinoza