Rumble of wheels

2012 Kempa Isle Vinnitsya Ukraine

Public sound installation
one-channel audio, loudspeakers,
computer-controlled operation
Production: 2012

Situated in the center of Vinnitsya, Kempa isle was made artificially during the building of fortification facilities in the 16th century, and different state organizations were based there later.

From the beginning of the 20th century, intensive tram traffic had started after the bridges to the isle were erected. After the World War II town authorities laid out a park and renamed the island as Festivalny (Festival Isle). Indeed many festivals took place there.

In 2011 Roshen corporation, Ukrainian confectionary manufacturer, hold the Southern Bug embankment renovation and set the largest in Europe floating fountain system. Kempa situated nearby has become an abandoned territory (bridge was dismantled during the renovation).

The Roshen fountain is like an immaterial monument to present-day architecture of post-Soviet area: huge funds invested in media image; light and laser projections, easy listening music, kilowatts of sound installed on a floating platform resulting in the total loss of the former place functionality and destruction of the connections with its past and present.

To return the presence of the isle to the town, two 300 watt loudspeakers were installed on the last solid buildings on it. These buildings were white public lavatories actually. The loudspeakers translated sounds of passing-by trams (remember the isle’s history), sounds of insects and birds living there mixed by narrated texts of isle reconstruction projects which remained unrealized.

The time periods of working loudspeakers were conformed with the fountain’s silent shows in order to integrate loudspeakers sounds into official fountain entertainment program.

Isle sound system timetable

14:45 – 14:55, 15:45 – 15:55, 16:45 – 16:55, 18:45 – 18:55 (tram sounds/isle/texts about reconstruction)

22:00 – 22:30 (only sounds of isle were broadcasted)