Tanz für Insekten (Dance for Insects) (2010) – Timo Kahlen

Timo Kahlen

Three dead insects dance and levitate on the surface of three vibrating loudspeaker diaphragms. A low frequency sound makes the membrane vibrate, and with each bounce the fragile chitinous exoskeletons make a light, clicking percussive noise. Caught in an endless series of random and nervous movements, the insects appear more alive than dead. The sound sculpture Dance for Insects seems to shift the thin line between life and death. Like a child, Timo Kahlen plays with the lifeless bodies. A danse macabre.