Konrad Smoleński, ‘There is No God’, 2009-2010, West Den Haag
Konrad Smoleński, ‘There is No God’, 2009-2010, West Den Haag

There Is No God is a curved wall made up of a number of massive, black and tattered loudspeakers which bring to mind a sound reinforcement system. Just as on stage, the object is set up before each presentation, so that its parameters can be adapted to a given venue. After all the elements have been connect- ed, the assembly gives out a characteristic, monotonous hiss, or “dirty” electrical noise caused by being played at such extreme volumes and high amplification without a source of signal.

About Konrad Smoleński

Konrad Smoleński describes his work as a mix of “spectacular pyrotechnic effects” and “minimal punk aesthetic.” Smoleński’s works frequently have an audio component, which might take the form of noise, music, or noise music. Speakers and microphones are also frequent motifs in his installations, appearing in overwhelming configurations and quantities, often alongside combustible materials and flames. The artist has an openly anarchic disposition, which manifests in the works as a sense of anxiety, disorientation, and awe. Smoleński works in multiple mediums including photography, videos, installation, sculpture, and performance. He is also an active experimental musician, and performs in guerrilla concerts with his group BNNT.

Polish, b. 1977, based in Warsaw and Bern, Switzerland