Birch plywood, rubber, sound shakers; 240x120x120 cm; Soundystem integration: Ronny Shubinsky; Documentation: Shaxaf Haber
Read Hadas Maor's text:
´Alona Rodeh´s work brings together an assembly of plywood structures concentrated densely on a low-lying wooden platform. Sound shakers concealed in the platform base transmit only bass output, thereby generating a recurrent blast which transforms into a rough and persistent low audio blend repeating itself in a gripping, hypnotic rhythm. In response to the intensity of the sound waves, the structures installed on the platform tremble, producing a continuous background noise. The ostensibly-formalistic sculptural body is thus revealed as a body full of life, wrapped by a real potential of losing control. The accumulation of sound conveys a ritual, tribal feeling; interestingly it also connects with the historical essence to which the structure—reminiscent in shape of ancient burial structures such as the Mesopotamian Ziggurat or the Aztec Step Pyramid—refers. The result is a combination between a subtraction of visual and musical details which lead to external regulation and restraint, on the one hand; compression and an erupting physical density which appears violent on occasion, on the other.