Born: Stockholm, Sweden (1981)
Lives and works: Stockholm, Sweden
He’s on the phone (Copenhagen version) (2017)
from the concert and performance series:
16-channel sound installation
16 minutes (loop)
Mira Eklund is an artist and musician who uses sound to create abstract landscapes for staging semi-fictive, imaginative narratives that reach beyond the limits of language and our perception of reality. Infinity, eternity, and death, are examples of abstract, spatialized ideas that exist within life or beyond it. The artists thinks of these ideas as realms outside of the physical world, which she can shape through imagination. Eklund conceived of Infinity Hotel (2016-17), as a place in which she, along with an audience, could produce performances and stage happenings about a kind of loss one might experience in a state of infinity rather than life, which is governed by laws of entropy. In Infinity Hotel, she imagined grief over things which do not change slowly over time, but exist forever, therefore necessitating different ideas of attachment and loss.
He’s on the phone (Copenhagen version) (2017), is a new portion of a larger project, Hilbert’s Hotel (2017). Like Infinity Hotel, this new work deals with loss, and takes its name from David Hilbert, a mathematician who designed an abstract model illustrating the concept of infinity. Eklund produced live projections together with artist Martin Malm, which she presented along with musical compositions. The new portion produced for and shown in I Am Our Common Pronoun is an imagined telephone call to the deceased, opening up an imaginary portal to a space in the “beyond.” The work includes the artist’s voice, her friend’s voice (who stands in for the artist’s late father), as well as older audio recordings of the artist’s father’s voice. These voices converse with and sing to each other as various mixed sounds reverberate around this central conversation.
The voice is a characteristic feature of the self; it is immaterial, yet it stands in for a body, the breath, a spirit, and a character. Dialogue, the exchange of two voices, is a means for building empathy through common ground and simple recognition. For Eklund, it is also a way to evoke an absent body. Although Eklund draws many references from science, she uses her voice or the voice of a fellow artist or loved one as a projection of her own emotions, desires, and longings.
Den Gule Gaard
sunday 3 september
14:00 – 14:30