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37 Seconds

Cca Kita Kyushu Kitakyushu  •  Japan [JP]

CCA Project Gallery presents a new work by Melik Ohanian, who lives and works in Paris.

Melik Ohanian (born in 1969) works in a broad range of media, and his work is often based on interlocking places which is hardly defined by one concept, involved with various issues such as perception of time, space and images, personal identity, and meaning of territory – including political and geographical – in contemporary societies.

On June 3rd, 1936 at 3:30pm, people from Le Musée de la Parole – Museum of Speech – in France, went to visit Henri Bergson at his private working cabinet to record an interview of the famous philosopher. Before the interview, Bergson was invited to make a sound check. For this voice-recording test he was reading two sentences from his book published in 1900, Le Rire. But finally the interview never could happen, because of technical problems with the portable audio recorder, and the 37 seconds voice-recording is the only existing recording of the voice of the philosopher.

In his project at CCA, 37 seconds – sound check *, Melik Ohanian is questioning the reality of this unique recording as a document. And through a minimalist intervention and modification of the exhibition space, this question is transferred to the own reality and the own nature of CCA Project Gallery.

Melik Ohanian stays at CCA Kitakyushu as Professor of Research Program from September 26th to November 4th, 2007.

*37 seconds – sound check is composed of a vinyl record, a record turntable and two speakers, 268 plasters letters, and 80 electric switch buttons.


CCA KITAKYUSHU Project Gallery
November 5 – December 14, 2007
Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Sunday and National Holiday
Reception / November 2, Friday, 5 – 7 p.m.
Artist’s Talk / 5 p.m. –

Contact: CCA Kitakyushu
2-6-1 3F, Ogura, Yahatahigashi-ku
Kitakyushu 805-0059 Japan
TEL +81 93 663 1615 FAX +81 93 663 1610

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