Transmissions

Radio Transmitted Sound Installation, 2017 / 2019 - In progress

During the last few decades, all kinds of conflicts have been raging between people on this earth, leaving displaced individuals scattered around the globe. Externally and internally, these people have tried to find their voice and place in this world. They have done this through all sorts of communication methods and actions, yet their voices don’t seem to find a recipient.

It’s not the first time human beings have gone unanswered. We, as a species, have been sending messages into outer space for half a century; yet have never received a response. In fact, the most impressive telescopes have been built in order to do this, such as the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which features a 1,000-foot radio telescope. I see a parallel to these calls to space and the calls we make amongst ourselves trying to communicate with each other, trying to belong or to simply exist. Both send missives out into a great silent emptiness, that of space, or of the world.

Unheard individuals have been scattered all over the world since the beginning of time. Is it their voices or is it their shared experiences that connects them all? Or is it some sort of layer of unheard thoughts?

In the sound-based installation Transmissions, by Ghaith Mofeed, different individuals are asked to share an as-yet untold story, feeling, or statement. Transmissions seeks to act as a radio broadcast signal in different languages, yet its messages are read in a language beyond linguistics, raising questions about the many layers of misinterpretation and misconception to which language is prey.

In the early stages of making Transmissions, the work had focused far more on the true ways of finding a place for our human voice, trying to make ourselves heard, when listening was equally as important. Speaking is only half the process of communication. There are equal roles to our voice & everybody else's ears. Listening is not only a case of importance to a certain group who is in need for it, but to all of us human beings the need to be heard is essential for our survival.

The installation is framed around individuals from around the world recording their statements. Within Transmissions, both sender and receiver become parts of one telepathic tone and mental position: everyone becomes a part of the bigger picture. Transmissions suggests that together we can make the first and last steps in this world. And that we can only be heard if we truly listen.

Jordell Bank Observatory, London, Ghaith Mofeed 2018

Jordell Bank Observatory, London, Ghaith Mofeed 2018

Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico

Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico