The Kola nut (Cola Acuminata) is native to tropical Africa and has up to 3.5 % caffeine content. Kola nut extract is no longer used in the Coca Cola recipe. The Ebola river in northern Congo (former Zaïre) gave name to the virus. In april 1865 the pharmacist John Pemberton developed what became Coca Cola as an opioid free alternative to morphine. Chewing the bitter Kola nuts can ease hunger pains. Soda is the main source of calories in the American diet. Several sources list the nurse Mayinga N’Seka, who died in october 1976, as the index case for Ebola. Doctor Kent Brantley became the first infected person in the US when he was flown from Liberia to Atlanta, Georgia in 2014 where he is in improving health due to an untested experimental drug. The general lack of water in parts of Conakry, Guinea, has the populace prioritize drinking it over using it for hygiene and sanitation. Headquartered in Atlanta, the Coca Cola Company had a 2013 net income of almost 8.6 billion dollars from serving more than 50 billion beverages per day, worldwide. The current Ebola outbreak is the biggest yet and has killed over a 1000 people as of today. Diabetes killed 73.831 people in the US in 2010.
(Sources: Wikipedia, BBC et al, Coca Cola and the CDC)
The interaction between users and installation creates two outputs: A) the immediate audio on location and B) 33 mixed versions recorded and distributed at random over a period of 33 years. These versions will all be exactly 33 minutes long and cataloged with the above title followed by opus number and publication date.
All recordings will be obtainable at no cost through distribution channels making use of the most popular and state-of-the-art technologies, but only by redeeming the voucher code phrase (”i:am:a:thief”) displayed at the site of the installation. The entire catalog will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License and/or similar future license. All copyrights remain entirely with the artist.
Anatomically correct model of a female human heart, cast in colorized durable silicon. Dimensions and weight are exaggerated by 1:1¾. The heart is suspended from the ceiling by a red cable offering support but also carrying the wiring for both electronics and the system communicating with the corresponding external electronics in the guitar. The model is heated and maintains a constant temperature of 37° celsius. Internal mechanics create a tangible throbbing pulse timed with a rythmic basso beat emerging from a concealed speakersystem. The volume and rate of the sound is controlled by a gyro within the heart. This is set to a range of 60 to 180 beats pr. second and a volume range of 40 to 80 decibel depending on motion and altitude respectively. A letterpress sign next to the installation offers brief instructions to pick up the heart and gently throw it at the guitar.
At the height of 3 meters a customized 1959 Les Paul Standard VOS electric guitar is mounted in to the wall, recessed by 15 mm. The customization includes the Axcent self-tuning system, removal of all controls, dials and the pick guard. A white high-gloss finish on all surfaces including fretboard and pickups has been applied to the guitar canceling out all other markings and graphics. The self-tuning system is programmed to tune itself rapidly in random order to 4 different chords (G#m#5, AM7, E7#9 and E9sus4) and is triggered by the heart connecting with the strings (pure nickel, round wound). The sound emerging from the impact is modulated digitally to swell near-instantly to full volume (90 dB), to maintain a repeating delay in time with the pulse of the heart, to sustain the volume for 10 seconds before it decays and fades out and is engineered to deliver a clean, chorused and phasing timbre to create a spacious and spherical chime. This sound is amplified and delivered through the same concealed speaker system as the heart pulse. If a string happens to break it is to be replaced immediately and only in opening hours and on site. The person trusted with this task will be instructed to move as slow as possible and to wear a white mid-thigh-length lab coat with the word ”Intermission” embossed on the back. The exhibition venue is free to generate revenue through sponsors placing logos on the coat.