Tape Streetblock (2007)

BLOCKING A STREET WITH A PLAYBACK OF TAPE FOUND IN THE SAME STREET YEARS BEFORE. NOV. 07
Performance.
-Reel audio tape, cut to length
-Modified cassette player / magnetic reader device
-Lamp post and road sign

Madrid’s calle Arganzuela is one of the oldest city streets, being an historic route from the fountain at its upper end down to the river Manzanares. The legend goes that the tears of the ‘Daganzuela’ girl attracted the attention of a passing queen. It is also in the area which hosts, every sunday, the famous hillside flea market of El Rastro. La Casa de los Jacintos (alternative cultural space) is based there.
To mark the occasion of a performance by Rinus van Alebeek and Zan Hoffman, it was decided to use two lengths of tape found dumped in the same street two years earlier almost to the day, and this convert it into a stage whilst leaving a trail, not of water as in days gone by, but of tape and sound.


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