Sirenen is a kinetic sound installation by Joris Strijbos. The piece was first created as a site specific installation for Kunsthal Light #20. The work consists of an instrument Strijbos built himself and for which he developed his own composition. The installation is constructed from thirteen rotating resonance tubes with built-in loudspeakers. Each of these tubes repeatedly plays its own basic tone. This tone slowly swells and fades in volume. After a short pause, the same tone repeats itself again and again. Because the lengths of the tones vary, a constantly changing composition is created in the space. This cloud of sound is amplified by the focused sound that comes out of the tubes. This kinetic spectacle and the diffuse field of sound come together in an immersive and robotic installation inspired by the mythological call of the Sirens.
After the Kunsthal Rotterdam exhibition, Strijbos has showed the piece at festival Interstice in Caen for which new stands were created to recreate the line in which the rotating objects are positioned.
Sirenen is a commissioned work by the Kunsthal Rotterdam and made possible with the generous support of Mondriaan Fund and Stichting Stokroos.
Curator: Charlotte Martens
Video Kunsthal Rotterdam: Tanja Busking