Tunnel To Another World

Tunnel To Another World

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Tunnel To Another World is a sound art work that portrays, as the title suggests, a journey via tunnel to another world, and return. What might one hear on such a journey? Possibly environmental sounds, mechanical sounds, and minimal examples of human voice, real or imagined. How might these sounds contribute to an overarching narrative? By creating a sense of immersion, a sense of being in the place, of making the journey yourself. By engaging your imagination.


Object: Audio file
Format: mp3
Bit Rate: 356kbs
Duration: 23:10 (with shorter iterations)
Created: 2014
Modified: 2018
Creator: John F. Barber

Exhibitions / Publications / Broadcasts

Arabic Electronic Literature Conference Arabic Electronic Literature: New Horizons and Global Perspectives
(invited exhibition. 2:00)
Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai, Dubai, UAE
February 25-27, 2018
A 2:00 sample, titled There and Back: An Electronic Literature Sound-based Journey, included in Elektroniya, a curated exhibition of original creative works of electronic literature associated with Arabic Electronic Literature: New Horizons and Global Perspectives conference, the first focusing on electronic literature in the Arab region. One of seven works invited. Listen to There and Back.

Shapeshifting Texts exhibition International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality
(invited exhibition. 23:10)
Universität Bremen, Germany
3-5 November 2016
Included in Exhibition Shapeshifting Texts: An Exhibition about Electronic and Experimental Literature associated with conference.

Workshop imageNature Meets Technology
Soundscapes and field recordings workshop
(Invited exhibition. 23:10)
Lazerpole, Macedonia
27-28 June 2015
Invited by international sound artist Toni Dimitrov for his workshop.

PNEM logoPNEM (Platform New Experimental Music) Sound Art Festival
(Juried exhibition. 23:10)
Uden, The Netherlands
15-16 November 2014
The annual festival highlights new experimental music, noise and sound installations, acoustic and electronic, performance and visual music produced by international sound and video artists. 2014 schedule.

Artist Statement

A sound-based narrative, told without dependence on human voice, about a journey through a tunnel to another world, and back. Other sounds, environmental and mechanical, real and imagined, move the narrative forward by engaging the listener's imagination. What might one hear? How might these sounds contribute to an overarching narrative? Life passages, changes, fears, release, imagination, and overlay of aural images are all possible interpretations.

Conceptual Framework
Works of literature have long been defined as written. Works of electronic literature have required their creation and consumption via computer technology.

But, whether printed or pixelated, at the heart of every literary experience is the sound of the storyteller's voice. Even if not present, the storyteller can be imagined in our mind. Imagination is powerful enough to transport us into the story world.

Tunnel To Another World takes a different approach. As a narrative composed from several different sounds—environmental, mechanical, real, imagined—it is not dependent upon human voice to move the story forward. Nor is text displayed on a computer screen necessary. Instead, this story seeks our engagement through listening.

Many narratives tell stories of journeys to different places. Tunnel To Another World is such a story. The destination of this story is a strange place, but the sounds along the way engage listeners' imaginations, and create opportunities for engagement that are deep, and rich. Using our imagination, we can create worlds and ways to be in them.

Tunnel To Another World, in theory and practice, argues that sound is primary. Sound makes places, and provides ways to tell stories about them. Listen. Rather than augmenting a visual work of electronic literature, Tunnel To Another World IS the (electronic) text. Listen. Sound and electronic literature are closely connected, even overlapping, providing potential for engaging and immersive electronic literary experiences. Isn't it amazing?