Radio du Lac
[R]adio is one-sided when it should be two-. It is purely an apparatus for distribution, for mere sharing out. So here is a positive suggestion: change this apparatus over from distribution to communication. The radio would be the finest possible communication apparatus in public life, a vast network of pipes. That is to say, it would be if it knew how to receive as well as to transmit, how to let the listener speak as well as hear, how to bring him into a relationship instead of isolating him. On this principle the radio should step out of the supply business and organize its listeners as suppliers. Any attempt by the radio to give a truly public character to public occasions is a step in the right direction. – Bertolt Brecht
Radio du Lac is an interactive installation inviting visitors to recall stories and myths as well as share emotions and experiences which they associate with Hotel du Lac.
Whether one regards the building as an eyesore, a huge grey eagle hiding on the edge of downtown, a brutalist masterpiece or a giant pair of knickers, one thing is sure, it’s hard to be indifferent about Hotel du Lac.
The installation encourages visitors to travel into the past, live the present and dream the future of this iconic building.
Guided by the questions “Do you know what Hotel du Lac once was? What is it today for you? What could it be in the future?”, visitors are asked to record themselves with a microphone provided on site at the gallery space. By doing so, they feed into a sonic pool of collective memory which is broadcast through a live stream online during the exhibition period. The recordings will also be assembled at the end of the exhibition and played in the gallery during the exhibition closing.
Emily Sarsam, Vittoria Capresi
in the frame of the exhibition:
January 2021 // Hotel du lac // Tunis // Patrimoini 2 // thanks to Goethe Institute Tunis