Sound intervention
in Frösön, Sweden

by Juanma González


My proposal for Pilgrimweek at Lat.63 Art Arena is to make a sound art intervention on the S:t Olavsleden using the bells of the church of Frösö.

Each ringing of the bell, at different times of day, is a call with it’s own specific meaning. For this project, using Birgittaklockan - named after the Swedish pilgrim Heliga Birgitta - the daily ringing will symbolize an allegorical message, meant as a call that transforms a contemporary tourist into a pilgrim, or one who seeks an inward-oriented journey. By breaking from the regular timing of the bells, my intention is to disrupt the quotidian of normalcy, creating a metaphor for the escapism of everyday life. In ÖNS RÖST, the bell will be intended as an ancestral call, or an otherworldly voice that gathers people to S:t Olavsleden.

"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in"
- Leonard Cohen

Birgittaklockan has been daily ringing in Fröson for 700 years.
I do want to create a crack made by its own voice.
Calling for those who are seeking a non-quotidian experience.

Sound intervention by Juanma González

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