Split-second

sound installation, wood, polycarbonate roof panels
2005

“A missing roof is reconstructed. The sound of falling water from a nearby river is amplified in real time. An urgent gap between past and present is sealed.”

Split-second is an intervention in the ruins of a watermill that brings Voet’s poetic meditation of time into direct contact with its reality. Despite its modern materials, a white structure seems to have fallen from the decaying building, a temporary roof that has itself fallen into ruin. It creates a space between original and replica in which recordings of water rushing merge with actual sounds from the nearby stream. As the title suggest, the work plays on how one time intersects with another, caught in moments between the past and the future.