sound walk, 2012
sound-and-text film, 2013
half an hour
Hospital is a work that moves through a private hospital in Coimbatore, India. It emerged from a series of field recordings that study the interactions between people and technology in medical environments. Moving from Foucault’s idea of the medical gaze, Hospital practices a non-medical gaze that is guided by listening. It offers a counterpoint to navigating “anaesthetized” medical environments with the help of field recordings, fictional vignettes, interviews and "case notes" (following the erstwhile medical practice of dictating notes and observations about patients on tape recorders). These recorded documents come together to interrupt and to make sense of spaces that would normally be assessed and accessed only under a medical context. The work offers a portrait of the hospital that looks beyond its functional organization in favour of its social, emotional, even cinematic attributes.
In its first form, Hospital was a sound walk. An audio piece and a book of photographs led participants through the hospital building. The recordings were later edited into a sound-and-text film, to be heard on headphones.
Listen to more field recordings here.