Why is why of no stranger

Why is why of no stranger [2014]: a sound installation by Stelios Manousakis
Why is why of no stranger [2014]: a sound installation by Stelios Manousakis

A first-person sound-film without image

Why is why of no stranger is a first-person sound-film without image; It is meant to be experienced as an immersive, spatially distributed acousmatic environment with no beginning and end.

The piece is concerned with embodiment, mediated memory, and hyperreality. While its medium is sound, it aims beyond a purely sonic experience. Cinematic motives and modalities are abstracted to create, develop, and destroy fragments of narrative, places, and psychogeographic auras. The film emerges in the visitors’ minds through their ears, as they move in the gallery’s cellar.

Why is why of no stranger was commissioned by the Ohrenhoch Gallery (Berlin, DE), for an exhibition at its multi-room basement, and to be diffused in a continuous loop by its custom-made bass box sound system. The piece is composed using original sound material recorded from 2008 to 2013 in various locations, in:

USA: Mount Rainier, Washington; Seattle, Washington; Redwood National Forest, California; Humbolt Redwood Forest, California; San Francisco, California; Oahu, Hawaii
Austria: Vienna; Kramsach, Tirol
The Netherlands: The Hague; Scheveningen; Ijmuiden bunkers
Greece: Chrisi Akti, Crete; Kontokynigi, Crete

Year: 2014
Type: Sound installation
Description: First-person sound-film without image
Dimensions: Variable
Duration: 13’35”, running in a continuous loop
Capacity: Variable
Materials/Media: Sound
Photo credit: Stelios Manousakis