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Nida Airport

Airport

Nida Airport

Sound & Video Installation, 8 Channel Video, 4 Channel Sound, St. James Hatcham Gallery, London, May 2015

Nida Airport, located in Neringa,Lithuania was built more than four decades ago and abandoned ever since. A small aerodrome, cement-like field, has been resting quietly for decades, like a grey coffin, waiting to be unearthed. As a result, the site has succumbed to its surroundings and morphed into a silent post-Soviet cement sculpture hidden underneath the wilderness of this untouched natural place, surrounded by unique animals and plants.

‘Airport’ has transported the disused airfield site, located thousand of kilometers away by the Baltic Sea, into a contemporary gallery space in London. Using a row of 8 video monitors showcasing the visual landscape surrounding the site, spatialized sound playback of the natural sonic environment of the place, and intermittent sonic manipulations of audio material recorded on location, sporadically played out through television speakers, the artwork brings the auditory and visual material of a physically unnaitanble landscape surrounding the airstrip to an enclosed gallery environement, this way creating an immediate virtual connection between the gallery visitor and a place that cannot be physically reached. ‘Airport’ asks the participants to abandon their immediate space, and through surrounding acoustic and visual architectures relocate and transport themselves into a hypothetical environment..

Nida Airport

Nida Airport