"Returning a Sound", video still (2004)

"Returning a Sound", video still, 2004
Single channel video with sound, 5 minutes 42 seconds.
Courtesy the artists.

"An upside-down table is a metaphor; the absurdity of this guy driving is a metaphor. The muffler is an instrument to reduce sound; the trumpet is an instrument to produce a loud sounding call. The juxtaposition of two things completely opposite to each other creates a sort of absurd new instrument. There are tons of things like that, but this absurdity, this nonsense, this paradox . . . all these things constitute part of the meaning of the work."
- Allora & Calzadilla