Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Keith Sonnier | Air to Air

Keith Sonnier
Air to Air
Los Angeles, USA: Gemini G.E.L., 1975
12" vinyl record, 29:16 minutes
Edition of 1000

The only recording (that I'm aware of) published by Gemini G.E.L., Air to Air documents a sound installation based on a long-distance connection between art gallery patrons at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles and Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City. From February 8th to 22nd, 1975, both venues exhibited a pair of microphones that stood in the centre of each gallery, with speakers mounted on the wall (or on stands, as below?), allowing conversations and incidental sounds to cross the country.

A deluxe signed and numbered edition of Air to Air was also available,  with voice print diagrams printed in offset lithography, in an edition of fifty copies.

"It was two amplified spaces. When you walked into the space in LA you could talk directly to NY without having a telephone and vice versa."
- Keith Sonnier

Hear the recording here:

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