[ISEA2009] Artists Statement: Peter Bosch & Simone Simons – Último Esfuerzo Rural (2004-2008)

Artists Statement

Mixed media installation

Último Esfuerzo Rural (‘Last Rural Effort’) was premiered in Valencia at the Ensems festival of contemporary music, in May 2004. It is composed of two rather different installations. Both produce sounds, big or little, always coarse, sensitive and individual. One part consists of maximum nine giant zambombas (lions roars), made of barrels, measuring 1m 30cm and played by pneumatic cylinders. The other part is hay forks which scratch on metal plates or glass. Both machines have such a peculiar sound world, that its origin cannot be other than the countryside. A feeling which comes out of the deepest interior, like the braying of a donkey. The hay forks make up a small machine with a long-range energy radiation while the barrels, on the contrary, compose a grotesque machine with a relatively small energy radiation (when not amplified). The minimum with the maximum performance, or the maximum with the minimal performance, the result is similar: in this paradox poetry is born.

  • Peter Bosch (NL/ES)) studied psychology at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam and thereafter studied sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
  • Simone Simons (NL/ES) studied at the audiovisual department of the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam. boschsimons.com

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