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Perfect Disconnect

Perfect Disconnect, 2009
Phone booths, speakers,
audio component
5’ x 4’ x 5.5’

Photo by Karley Klopfenstein

Never to Become, 2007
Audio installation

Diana Shpungin

Perfect Disconnect is a site-specific sound composition/sculpture that consists of two wireless speakers installed inside two phone booths.  The phone booths face one another with a small gap in between them.  Emitting from the booth is a hectic montage of sounds, playing in a continuous loop as if there is a conversation between the booths themselves.  The viewer/listener is unable to interfere or "answer" the ringing phone.  The title Perfect Disconnect directly references the work Perfect Lovers by Cuban-American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres.  In this piece, the phone booths act figuratively--having a conversation or public argument that never gets anywhere.

Never To Become is a site-specific sound composition that consists of two speakers installed in a wooded setting. In one speaker we hear a music box playing, recorded at the end of its wind as if it is on the verge of fading out at any moment and needing to be wound up again. The song being played is "Lara’s Theme" or "Somewhere My Love" from the film Doctor Zhivago. The song repetitively used in the film points at nostalgia and a longing for something that can never be. The other speaker emits sounds of nature.  These sounds almost go unnoticed, melding with the actual sounds at the site until a crescendo of a swarm of bees comes in and drowns out the music box.  What is at once pleasant has an underlying darkness that is soon revealed. This piece functions eerily in an ambiguous space between threat and longing.

Diana Shpungin lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in NY.  She has exhibited extensively, including Fieldgate Gallery, London, England; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Marella Arte Contemporenea; Milan, Italy; and Galerie Zurcher, Paris, France.   

Shpungin has been reviewed in publications such as Flash Art, Art in America, Art Papers, The Village Voice, The New York Times, NY Arts Magazine, Timeout New York, Timeout London, M: The New York Art World, Connaissance des Arts, Le Monde, The Boston Globe, and The Miami Herald among others.

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