Toine Horvers - Chartres, one Hour of Sound in a Gothic Cathedral
English edition. Besides being the house of God, a cathedral also functions as a resonance box. Language inspired artist Toine Horvers approaches sound as an autonomous energy. One day, a weekday in 1999, he set up his recording equipement in Chartres’ cathedral. In a timespan of one hour and from a fixed point he absorbed all the sounds that emanated from within. There were no religious services. This recording was used in his installation Silence Gothiques. This publication is a translation of these sounds. It is a recording in words, avoiding all the usual vernacular. No sound imitating words, no words derived from seeing, no words conveying human feelings, no poetic/expressive phrases, among others. It’s describing sound in sound language.