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Zehn mal Null | 1992

Zehn Mal Null (Ten Times Zero) was staged in the Westphalian Industrial Museum (formerly Zeche Zollern II/IV) in Dortmund, Germany.

"As the heavy machinery of the Industrial Age is filed away to gather dust on the site of the museum, Wilson imports the technology which has displaced it to open up a dialectic between progress and conservation. In Zehn Mal Null lasers traced the path once taken by the mine's winding cables while computers silently counted down the seconds since the installation of each individual machine. Both the machines and the computers were the products of Siemens, the German multi-national, detritus of the past and present unveiling the historical processes of adaptation and a hegemonic industry of progress. What is absent from this archaeology is the human history in which technology is forged. Precisely as Walter Benjamin recognises the limitations of photographic transparency, Wilson questions the mute spaces of the museum, not in this case invoking the caption as the anchorage of meaning, but by releasing the human voice into the dead space of exhibited decay. Four separate recordings of a female voice singing different notes are welded together into a chord, re-energising the space with its presence."

Extract from an essay by Mark Little

Louise K Wilson undertook this work as part of a Pepiniere Residency at the Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany in 1992. 

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