Title: Mental expansion of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
photo by: Peter Cox
Project commissioned by Cals College, IJsselstein with the support of Kunst en Bedrijf, Amsterdam.
IJSSELSTEIN - 'Your attention please, passengers for KLM, flight 837 to Singapore, immediate boarding please at gate B2', echoes though the school canteen. Pupils with rucksacks hasten to their classrooms. The school canteen of Cals College in the Dutch town of IJsselstein was connected live, at varying times each day, with the announcement headquarters of Amsterdam Airport, Schiphol. This audio art-work was provoked by the link between noise pollution around Schiphol airport and the Lopik broadcasting mast, which causes IJsselstein particular nuisance.
Both Schiphol and Cals College are bound to certain rules, but by way of this acoustic link-up they were able to free up some space for one another. Without exceeding the noise limitations, Amsterdam Airport, Schiphol could undergo an imaginary expansion, whilst each day the school canteen became a departure lounge and teachers and pupils at the school could escape briefly in their imaginations. The time at which the link would be made was always unknown, so that the announcements were always a surprise.
Listen to the announcements in the school canteen
© Sjaak Langenberg