A Sound Installation

Photo: Kevin Noble

Jack Goldstein’s A Sound Installation consisted of five pairs of phonograph records hung on opposite walls, accompanied by an airbrushed painting of two fighter jets flying through the air on the wall in between. The records played consecutively in the gallery. The contents of the records were varied, including sound captured from inside an ocean liner’s hull paired with sound from across the water; a cowboy’s exclamations paired with a horse being ridden through a stream; a woman sobbing paired with a girl giggling. Sundered from their context to connote a range of popular sources these diverse recordings came across as floating signifiers, referring not to real-world events but to circuits of cinematic representations that culminated in a mediatized sense of drama.

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