Nancy Holt recorded herself giving directions to her friends as they walked around the site of a dilapidated mansion in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. She transcribed pieces of her dictation which, along with photographs of the tour group, is all that remains to document the event. The directions are sparse and incomplete, leaving ample opportunity for the creation of an imagined experience. Holt’s friends become artistic collaborators: their photographic perspectives integral to the work.
Visual Sound Zone (P.S.1)
This meticulously edited series of detailed observations describes the particulars of a “defunct washroom”, as Holt calls it. Intended to be played over a loudspeaker at the site of said washroom, this score is the remainder of an art exhibit. What was once a synchronous experience of sound and sight, past and present, language and phenomenology, is now an account of an absent subject. While Visual Sound Zone (P.S.1.) is site-specific in its original conception, these typed pages continue to hold a vision—even when the site cannot be seen.