Paul Klee, “Alter Klang" (1925)

Paul Klee, “Alter Klang" (1925)

 

SOUNDINGS POSTMORTEM
A Walking Excursus

Binaural pictures: sixty seconds in front of thirty institutional restaurant doors of New York City. (With one exception: the doors of artist LB, a true alchemist of sensation.) The gravity of fame and price is countered for each by a light epitaph. None of the voices heard are ours; we are apparitional (again, with one exception).

 

A fluttering white curtain
Conceals the seductive reality
Therein

Unexpectedly
Chef appears
In front of the restaurant
TV camera provokes his smile
Our voice recorder records
Hidden

Little flowers
On the window pane
Reveal the taste(lessness) inside
Facade speaks the truth

Would a mint herb
Betony
With its spikes of purple flowers
Enjoy the climate in the restaurant

Hiding from
The rain
Without
Reservations

Even when
Door slams
The birds chirp

Entrance like a cave
While the orchid watches
From the inside

High pitched sound
Of ambulance car
Confronts the calm
Flow inside

Monumental entrance
(Attempts to) produce
Elegance

Kitsch
Greets
Awaits

Behind the revolving doors
Is it
A bank
A restaurant
A giant safe

Behind semi-transparent windows
Of the Wig tower
Kitchen staff observes
Suspiciously

While the truck rumbles
Pure white
Curtain
Quitely invites

Below the surface
Seaweed

From waves of Brittany
To sonic assaults of Mid
Town
Success story

Artificial pond
Provides serenity
Amidst empty chatter
Of the priest

Her house
In transition
Silent
Liminal
Where her spirit lingers

Open window
Mingled voices
With tires on the rainy street
A real spa and salon

Fishes, sea creatures
Trying to escape
This "tide" 

Where's the
Entrence? 
Ahhhhhh

When empty
It feels better

In front of it
It sounds better

Curtains like flags
Heavy
Already like
A memorial

At the top of the world
Just clamor

Drumming raindrops
Skeleton hanging inside
A plant ripped out
Outside

Funeral
In process

Exposed in the window
Ugly suits

Do bells announce
Arrival of the masses
Or the departure of the individual

Habsburg Empire
Has never been more
Welcomed

A humming vacuum
And origami
Seafood

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Jacob Menick (assistance with audio processing)

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