Per Astera Ad Astra #2
The Piece »Per Aspera Ad Astra #2« is a collection of phone numbers of the 193 recognized governments in the world, bound in an A0 telephone book, and accompanied by a sound installation of recordings of each government‘s reaction to the playing of martial music.
As well as an extensive research to gain worldwide ruler’s telephone numbers, the installation is a result of an intense desire to get directly in touch with the control centres of power. Further, it is the continuation of the installation »Per Aspera Ad Astra #1«, literally translated “Through Hardship to the Stars”.
In contradiction to the effortless lightness of turning an almost weightless sheet of paper, which contains the seriousness of a presidential office, the decision to present that collection in a book bound in the monumental Size of A0 (119cm x 84cm) is the corollary of transferring the unreachable significance of those ruling residencies into a pseudo-divine appearance, and to create a sculptural-heavy quality.
On each side of the book, the capital, office and phone number of each centre of power is presented in a typeface designed by Matthew Carter due to the 100th anniversary of the invention of the telephone. While becoming the most common telephone font because of its excellent readability — even using fast printing techniques and cheap paper — it communicates a certain simplicity and straightforwardness of mass-media production in contrast to the seemingly important value of the content.
The associated sound installation of the audio book is the execution of the collection by means of calling the 193 governments of the world, while playing Emil Laukien’s bombastic military march “Durch Nacht zum Licht” through the office’s telephone receivers in deafening sound. Comparable with the sculptural, oversized heaviness of the book (in opposition to browsing the pages easily) the facile and ephemeral act of dialling a number disagrees with the boisterous arranged quality of the music. »Per Aspera Ad Astra #2« finally becomes an absurd sound sculpture, which wiretaps the unexpected and various reactions of the presidential headquarters to disturbing march music.
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|Sound sculpture – Book installation – 2009 / Telephone book: total size 123x93x7.5cm; weight 86kg; 193 sheets of A0 paper; MDF, linen, hinges / Logo: 123x123cm; wood, vinyl cut / Audio book: total length 9:53min