The Tuner’s Monologue

A film by Eleni Kamma

If the idea of folding and unfolding depends on the structure and expectations a city arouses or suppresses, what images can be produced by the coexistence of sound and space, the space between lived experience and a simultaneous reflection of it? In The Tuner’s Monologue a voice-over in the form of a monologue, in which a tuner of musical instruments describes aspects of the profession, is superimposed to B&W film footage of architectural facades of buildings under construction in the “new heart” of Rotterdam. Both text and footage have been subjected to an increased degree of abstraction.

HD video, 13′ 09″, B&W, stereo sound, English spoken, 2012


Camera: Boris Van Hoof
Video Editing: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Voice Over: Tina Van Baren
Voice recording, which took place at WORM, Rotterdam: Lukas Simonis
Original Text: Pie Leyser, pianotuner, interviewed by Eleni Kamma
Text adaptation: Popahna Brandes & Tina Van Baren
Produced with the support of the FONDS BKVB



Screening Room Brussels, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, curated by Regina Barunke (The Tuner’s Monologue screened on 10-12 December)

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid. “Documents/documentaries”, Theatre Jean Grémillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (The Tuner’s Monologue screened on 5 December)


Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Cycle: “Documents/documentaries”