projects

Documenting Stingerbol

2019

Research
Installation
Multiple

 

I Research

Originally, the Stingerbol was built as a projection dome for training soldiers the FIM-92-Stinger, a man-portable air defense system that operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile. Virtual aircrafts were projected on the inner walls of the dome and with game-like guns, soldiers practiced shooting these aircrafts. It was built in 1985 and abandoned around 2008. It did not serve any new function since then. I documented and mapped the Stingerbol from two perspectives:

1. From inside: the Stingerbol as a space, mapped by recording sounds that I created by moving inside the space, beating found objects and reading found words. As every sound was made by objects, texts and materials I found inside, the recordings provide a sonic documentation of the interior space. I recorded my presence as well as my absence, during which the Stingerbol would still make sounds by expanding in case of sunshine and vibrations in case of a train passing by. The sounds were recorded by binaural techniques in collaboration with Studio AVM in order to record the varying positions I would take inside this space while walking and moving. No sound was generated or manipulated digitally: every sound effect was created by the Stingerbol itself.


Soundtrack, 00:10:22, on soundcloud.

min:sec
00:00 Entering Stingerbol
00:40 Beating steel plate walls
04:08 1825
04:17 Opening and closing steel closet
06:09 VOOR DE KINDEREN ZIJN ER SPEELPLEKKEN
06:44 KEEP CLEAR AS THE INTERIOR DOORS ARE BEING RAISED OR LOWERED
07:09 20 AMPERE
07:18 SNEEUW
07:22 Striking walls while walking with a brush stroke
08:57 BOUWJAAR 1991
09:20 START-STOP-START
09:53 Leaving Stingerbol
10:20 End of soundtrack

 

2. From outside: the Stingerbol as an object, mapped and documented by collecting visual and written observations into an artists’ book (unicum, C-prints, laserjet prints and handwritings on paper, 30 x 23 x 3 cm). In this book I collected all my observations and arranged them into a sequence. Binding them into a book reveals the connections between the observations. They become found narratives which conclude into a dream for the future of this building. As a book, the collected observations provide the source for my artist-led walks in which I share my observations with my participants.

 


 

II Installation
Duratrans lightbox (40 x 30 x 8 cm), audio-recordings (.wav, 00:10:20), mediaplayer, headphones, dark room

 

 


Soundtrack, 00:10:22, on soundcloud.

 


III Multiple: Documenting Stingerbol
Cardboard A5-box
Engraved metal USB-key with the audio-file
Hand bound zine, each with a unique selection of 4 pages with observations
Edition of 25, signed and numbered

Available for 49 EUR including VAT – Order by e-mail.

 

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