one week of lullabies for roux

White Space Beijing booth
Art Basel 2018, Statements Sector
Basel, Switzerland
14 - 17 June 2018

Project description:

From my understanding, a lullaby is either a soothing or educational song meant to lull a baby to sleep. I've always thought a lullaby was full of fun rhymes, onomatopoeic words, nature sounds, and/or simple repetitions. When I bought a video monitor for my baby Roux, I saw that it had several popular lullabies I can choose from in order to help my child to fall asleep.

The idea of playing songs for my child that I am not familiar with gave me a feeling of unease, so I factored them out of the sound diet. Since I intend to be mindful of what my baby grows up listening to, I have invited my parent friends to make lullabies for Roux based on a conceptual score I've developed. It is worth noting that some of these friends very recently became parents; given this, they have produced their respective lullabies to the best of their abilities within the baby circumstances.

The score instructions I provided to parents read as follows:

  • Length can be as short or as long as you like.
  • No lyrics, no speech.
  • A greater emphasis should be placed on low frequencies.
  • Will be played on repeat at normal or low volume.
  • Will be used to encourage my baby to sleep between 19:00 and 20:00.
  • Write a short description of your lullaby.

1 Juan Cisneros: Untitled, 09:54 & 11:11
2 Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson: A Lullaby for Roux, 03:22
3 David Horvitz: When the Ocean Sounds, 01:36
4 Carmelle Safdie: O Superbaby, 10:02
5 Sonja Simonyi, Nico Van Tomme and Niels Van Tomme: Good Vibrations, 00:29
6 Lotti Sollevi: Untitled, 07:50
7 Alex Waxman: Roux's Casino, 05:02

Photos by White Space Beijing