Thalassa! Thalassa! Erik Nerinckx 2014

The sea - are there experiences more enveloping, more intense and more complete than a walk on a beach near the water? Erik Nerinckx wants to represent the sea – that immense, fierce force of nature – as an experience. From a distance it comes to us as a massive wall of sound, an overwhelming murmur, an abstract flow of sound. But near the sea, it sounds different, more subtle, more varied. The artist retranslated this total experience into a sound installation of a decontextualized sea that unexpectedly rolls into someone's increased attention. The recording: Nerinckx recorded smashing waves on the beach. On a coastline of twenty-three metres he placed one microphone every one and a half metre, on a long straight line. This means we have our ears on sixteen different places at once. There is not one single position from which we are listening, there are sixteen points. A David Hockney of sound. A spatialized recording. The presentation: For the installation the sixteen audio points are placed back on a long line by way of sixteen speakers. The spectator gets an immense true to nature aural reconstruction of a coastline. A true evocation. Thalassa! Thalassa! can be presented both in the public space as in an exhibition space.

A co-production of Overtoon, Kaaitheater and Platform Kanal. With the support of the Flemish Community Commission.

Presentations of Thalassa! Thalassa!

Festival Kanal 2014, festival, Festival Kanal, Brussels, Belgium, 2014
Surround!, festival, Concertgebouw Brugge, Brugge, Belgium, 2015
COUP DE VILLE, group show, WARP, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, 2016
KIKK Festival 2018, festival, KIKK, Namur, Belgium, 2018
The sea in sound and image, group show, Concertgebouw, Brugge, Belgium, 2021

Productions by Erik Nerinckx

Thalassa! Thalassa!