Raining (Sound Piece)


Audio file and speaker

3min. 1sec. (sound, in loop)

An incessant sound of dripping water is heard in the locker room of the Punta della Dogana: is there a leak in the museum? Or is rain suddenly pouring down on Venice? The sound, called Raining (Sound Piece), actually comes from speakers. This sound track is extracted from the installation TH.2058 created by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in 2008 at the Tate Modern, whose Turbine Hall she turned into a shelter hosting the survivors of a catastrophic flooding.

Gonzalez-Foerster belongs to the generation of artists who at the start of the 1990s broke with an artistic practice focused on the object. With her wide knowledge of cinema, literature and modernist architecture, she produces evocative staging and atmospheres that rely on immersive sound and light settings.

The sonic work Raining (Sound Piece) by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster belongs to the Pinault Collection. The work was first shown at the “Prima Materia” (“Raw Material”) exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.