COLONY SOUND is the title of the latest scenographical total installation from the American artist duo Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe.
Like their earlier works, COLONY SOUND, 2019-2020 is based on the theorist Herman Kahn’s theory on San San. The theory outlines how the cities between San Diego and San Francisco, California, in future, will coalesce into one huge city complex called San San.
With an all-encompassing architecture and scenography, Freeman and Lowe create a parallel world and a subculture which hypothetically might emerge in San San. They utilise the narratives linked to e.g. The Summer of Love, the American Air Force, or Silicon Valley. Their scenes are taken from rumours about bacteria labs and certain types of brainwashing during the Cold War, extravagant private air-raid shelters, or home-produced drugs in private kitchens.
Freeman and Lowe present a dystopian reading of American history. They lead the audience into a strange universe which, in the exhibition, consists of spaces called Metrovision, Radio Shield, San Sound, The Mansion, The Agonist Macrobiotic Office, and Mycotectube. Here, they invite visitors to doubt whether they have taken the wrong turn, whether they intrude on someone’s private sphere, or whether they have strayed into a secret research station.
"COLONY SOUND is a unique and sensory total experience, staging the transition to a post-apocalyptic and dystopian future."
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