The Waters of Duoaumont, Tuned - Documentary recording
The Waters of Douaumont, Tuned was a sound installation created during June 2018 in response to the historical and modern day condition of Fort Douaumont, near Verdun.
Of modular and flexible composition, the installation made use of 100 simple instruments (one for each of the years since the end of the First World War) created from recycled tin cans placed beneath, and played by, the water droplets found in many areas of the fort's upper levels.
Drawing upon site specific conditions, such as rain water that percolates through the buildings' structure from the surface above, it created a new soundscape for Fort Douaumont from the elements that the fort cannot repel.
It activated the forts' cave-like acoustic properties with sounds reminiscent of distant bells and the randomly percussive barrage of bombardment.
Fort Duoaumont played a pivotal role in the Battle of Verdun during the First World War, the largest and highest of a number of fortifications surrounding the city, it was taken without a fight by German forces in February 2016 and a prolonged, bitter battle ensued as French forces attempted its' re-capture. During the nine month battle, many thousands of lives were lost and as such, it is an iconic, almost sacred location within French national memory.
This installation formed part of a longer four year project, Croquer Les Fougéres: Pour un finir avec le sacrée, produced by and in association with Vu D'un Oeuf, Fresnes-en-Wœvre, La Meuse, France.