Shannon Ebner & Dexter Sinister

A room designed to keep sound in


Based on an architectural blue print from 1847, Shannon Ebner & Dexter Sinister built a room from Aircrete breeze blocks. Where the original 1847 structure was designed to keep the weather out, the commission for Frieze Projects is designed to keep sound in. The situation of the fair and its material resources are used in the commission of an eight-part episodic text on the octopus; twice daily at 12 and 4pm the room is closed to the public and the text was read and recorded.

As the fair closes, the episodes are stuck together to form a whole, to be played to a dedicated audience on the 31st floor of the Chrysler Building in New York. The recording is then transcribed and republished as a PDF on

Shannon Ebner (b.1971) is an American artist based in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Signal Hill’, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco (2010); ‘Invisible Language Workshop’, Wallspace, New York (2009) and ‘Special Project: Shannon Ebner’, P.S.1/MoMA Center for Contemporary Art, New York (2007). Recent group exhibitions include: 6th Berlin Biennale, ‘Les Recontres d’Arles 2010 / 41st Edition’ (both 2010); Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008); ‘Learn to Read’, Tate Modern, London (2007) and ‘Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millennium’, The Serpentine Gallery, London (2006-2007).

Dexter Sinister is the co-operative name of Stuart Bailey (b. 1973) and David Reinfurt (b. 1971). Dexter Sinister constitutes a triangle of activities: (a) a publishing imprint, (b) a workshop & bookstore, and (c) a pseudonym making site/time-specific work in art venues. Reinfurt graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1993, Yale University in 1999, and formed the design studio O-R-G in 2000. Stuart graduated from the University of Reading in 1994, the Werkplaats Typografie in 2000, and co-founded the journal Dot Dot Dot the same year.