Emily Harvey Foundation, New York. Photo: Julie Nymann

The Sound of P’

Installation w. sound (2011-)
15 min.
Play expert
Sound in collaboration with Stefan A. Pedersen

Based on her study of the seismograms of a New Zealand earthquake in 1929, the Danish seismologist Inge Lehmann was the first to present evidence that the Earth consists of not two layers as previously believed, but three, with a firmer inner core. She wrote this in her famous 1936 article P’. Along with Lehmann’s scientific work, a number of more esoteric theses exist, proposing that the Earth is either wholly hollow or otherwise contains a substantial (inhabited) interior space.

In this installation, the curves of the seismograms have been transformed to sounds which are used to create an acoustic universe– both an homage to Inge Lehmann, and, possibly, a message from inner Earth.