Soundtracks for Revolutions is a film that shows the recording of the gavels' sounds played by a performer and presenting these objects’ enigmatic visual and performative aspects.
The sounds as other fragments or actions that are presented related to the work Processing Authorities, are conceived as observations of these tools, alluding to their potential power.
These fragments won’t serve as a closure or an ending point of a research, but will instead open to the public thoughts and strategies that could themselves become tools that are ‘ready to use’ for the public. Showing them, or writing about them, making their histories or actions public, inscribes them in a discourse that turns them into authority figures - which is completely against their nature. Yet it is in this way only that the contradictions and characteristics these hammers embody can emerge: they become weapons, staged through a combination of investigation and actions questioning their forms of power.
Just as these hammers were used by labour movements in the past, following self-organized strategies in order to activate their own voice within society, the work is shaped and choreographed by the experiences that relate these tools to the ceremonies they belonged to. Although the stories connected with these hammers only exist by word of mouth and in an unwritten collective memory, they contain a potential new body of information, ‘ready to use’ for the spectator.