Episode 13: ton&ton

Signe Boe
Jan 09–Feb 09


Signe Boe Ton

Word came first. From word appeared form and to word became form. Ton is the word, the form, the material, the entity. Ton and ton and ton and ton.

A hill in Rome is formed from millions of broken tuns. Remains of the Roman Empire's trade, fragments of travelled @mphorae, from Tunis, Tangier, Aragon @Rome. We think we were born with this sign but it gave birth to us: products of a consumption culture, detached ornaments, the history is online.

A pdf of a theoretician with a German name, pronounced in English by the Danes – oh ton o ton! compares the translation of language with the repaire of a broken vessel. We relate to eachother through metaphorical containers. What's in it for me? Our ruined understandings of each other. I say [toːn] and see a mended vase from the shards of Monte de Cocci; a mountain of tons of tuns and tones on tones on tono tono tono.

ton&ton is an exhibition of sculptural manifestations of outspoken words. Signe Boe (b.1988) lives and works in tono ton tono tono. Her practise ton tono tono tono tono tono ton tono. Ton tono ton tono C.C.C. Projects tono Kunsthal 44Møen ton tono. ton&ton ton tono by Københavns Billedkunstudvalg.


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installation view

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ON THE CORK

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a series of 3D-printed clay vases, translated from the sound waves of the pronunciation of words

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part of the word [ˈɑmˀfoʁɑ]

part of the word [ˈvesl]

part of the word [baˈsi.xa]

part of the word [baˈsi.xa]

part of the word [ˈkʁɔgə]

part of the word [æmˈfɔːrə]

part of the word [baˈsi.xa]

part of the word [æmˈfɔːrə]

part of the word [baˈsi.xa]

part of the word [baˈsi.xa]

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laser engraved drawing of Monte de Cocci

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laser engraved quotes from Walter Benjamin’s The Task of the Translator (1923), different translations

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the font tonoton is based on tracings of the corks of Peryton’s wine selection.

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ON THE STORAGE BOXES
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a Fresnel lens, magnifying:
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tone oh tone, a collage of sound and video recordings from the software Melodyne, used to correct intonation and tone. The original recording comes from a man, whose only means of expression is by varying the intonation of the word ton. Ton in German means sound and clay.

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small pile of blah blah and small part of the word [ˈɑmˀfoʁɑ] and some shards of a broken word. 3D-printed clay

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laser engraved drawing of Monte de Cocci. Monte de Cocci is a hill in Rome that was formed during the Roman Empire from broken vessels transporting oil and wine to Rome.

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ON THE FLOOR
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(front)

pile of blah blah, 3D-printed clay.
In 16th century mediteranian trade, the @ symbol represented one amphora: a unit of weight and volume based upon the capacity of the standard amphora vessel. To me, now, it is a marker of places and persons, of talking past each other.
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(back)
talte med alle mulige, 3D-printed clay, collapsed


this exhibition has been supported by Københavns Billedkunstudvalg

Rococo Productions