Thursday May 23 CAST visited ‘Broei, een klinkende silo’. CBK (Centrum Beeldende Kunst Groningen) offered a masterclass to seven aspiring artists, after which they presented an exhibition at a very original location: the EMG Silo. The exhibition gave us a preview of the Timeshift Festival, which started the day after.
It took a while to find the location; an old silo located near the Eemskanaal. The silo used to be a place for ships to reload and drop off their cargo, but when the Berlage-brug was build this had to stop. There was looked for a new plan for the historical place, and it was sure found: the EMG silo is the perfect place for exhibitions!
The silo looks like an abandoned factory, like one you see in the movies. Certain spots of the factory even could be called creepy. When arriving headphones were handed out, as well as receivers. We were told to simply walk around, aiming the receiver at random objects; walls, support beams, lights, whatever. If we did this, we would hear sounds.
This is something I totally didn’t expect; when thinking of sound-arts I think of a big room with lots of music and audiovisual material to look at. I loved it from the start; I am a curious person and putting on the headphones helped me isolate myself from the other people in the room and prevented background sounds from seeping in.
The silo was divided into two areas; the basement and the ground floor. The spaces we walked through were filled with obstacles: pipes, staircases, machines, whatever comes to mind. Besides that, light was scarce, which made you focus on your other senses when walking around the room. This all made the journey through the building very adventurous.
Everywhere I went sounds were heard through the headphones; pointing the receiver at a wall, machines or art pieces made the room come to life. The art we encountered was mostly minimal; supporting the story behind the sounds. The sounds we heard were very varying; music and voices till industrial sounds like machines, chains and sirens.
At the end of the journey there was room for a chat and a drink. Everyone around me was very enthusiastic, which I completely agreed with. Such a great experience! The headphones, the old building, the lack of light; it all made this very exciting!
The exhibition can be visited until June 2.
Pictures by CKB Groningen