Originally designed by Fisher Turner as the sound work for de Waal’s – one way or other – installation at the Schindler House, A Quiet Corner Of Time explores the history of the house, its former residents, and the sonic nature of physical objects.
A potter since childhood, de Waal is best known for large-scale installations of porcelain vessels that take inspiration from minimalism, literature, and architecture.
‘When I see objects I hear them, in some kind of way,’ explains de Waal, ‘so the visual weight of an object gets transferred into an aural space. That leads to music, or rhythm, or poetry.’
Drawing heavily on field recordings collected between LA and Vienna, A Quiet Corner Of Time features the sounds of an outdoor skating rink, horses’ hooves, as well as Ryuichi Sakamoto’s recordings of coffee and tea ceramics.