Mediated Sculpture, by James Cook


Like Voices Passing in the Night

Wood, porcelain, mercury, audio and electronic equipment

49′ × 22′ × 18′

In this audial sculpture the porcelain heads of two children are situated facing one another within the space of an old wood radio. A mercury gauge is fixed to the top of the radio. One of heads, having the voice of a young girl, recites passages from the Sumerian epic, Gilgamesh. The other head, having an older male voice, recites from Sigfried Giedion's Mechanization Takes Command—ostensibly a discursive exchange between mythos and the applied-rational, but is experienced as competing, overlapping monologues.

Main view of the sculpture
Detail view of the sculpture
Detail view of the sculpture