György Galántai: Loud Meeting / Double Sound Unity (1989)
“At the International Steel Sculpture Workshop in Dunaújváros Ágnes Péter made a sculpture using the deformed scrap metal left over from an industrial metal sheet. With her permission, I made another sculpture using two pieces left over from the metal sheet turned into a sculpture, which I conceived as the instrument representing the unity of twoness and gave the title Double Sound Unity.”
Ágnes Péter’s sculpture in the sculpture park in Dunaújváros.
Coming across raw material accidentally, recycling and recontextualisation as a method are especially applicable to the sound sculpture titled Loud Meeting, which Galántai made using scrap metal left over from another sculpture.
At the International Steel Sculpture Workshop in Dunaújváros Ágnes Péter made a sculpture using the deformed scrap metal left over from an industrial metal sheet, and Galántai made another sculpture using the scrap metal left over from that process.
The sculpture representing the need for and the contradiction inherent in communication is constructed from two irregularly waving parts stabilised with soles and connected with each other. Their undulation resembles the movement of softly falling textile ribbons rather than that of hard metal; the dynamics of the latter was finalised by chance.
The aleatoric feature, which is crucial to the sculpture both as an object and as a source of music, overwrites the rules governing traditional works of art in two ways and it is ultimately realised in the sculpture’s interaction with those who appreciate it.
This ‘anti-instrument’, described by Galántai as “the instrument of the unity in twoness” fulfils its communicational function by being used to make accidental sounds. (Emese Kürti)
See also: Zsuzsa László, Emese Kürti: “I’ve always been interested in information”. Anniversary interview with György Galántai (exindex in Hungarian)