Blättern Im Wind / Papierstrom
Six channel sound installation, group-exhibition, Klanginstallation 6.1, Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Volkswagen Bibliothek, June/July 2010, Berlin
This installation was part of the 'Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften' event in 2010. Six light pillars in front of the Volkswagen-Library were transformed into sound sources. The pillars acoustically corresponded with the library’s architecture through reflections of the sounds on the surface of the building. What you can hear refers to the content and structure of the library as well as to further semantic levels along the concept of a library.
The compositions Blättern im Wind and Papierstrom both revolve around the topic of paper as a sounding material and a cultural and industrial crossroad of civilization.
Blättern im Wind: A forest behind walls on four floors. Rustling of the leaves. Wind?
Interestingly the sound of paper being crumpled matches the sound of leaves being moved by wind. In a strange consistency, the industrial product refers back to its natural source - in the moment of its disposal. Via frequency the crumpled paper tells us where it was coming from. Blättern im Wind is a sound study and a reflection on our treatment of natural resources.
Blättern Im Wind
Papierstrom: Material starts to sound. Sound detaches itself from the material, starts to flow, streams.
What is the sound of paper? For Papierstrom I recorded sounds of different treatments of paper to follow this question. Paper has been rubbed, cut, crumpled, thrown on the floor and used in all kinds of ways. The final composition is supposed to make the material paper audible and at the same time steer away from pure associations with paper as an article of daily use. Emphasizing on the sheer sound that paper can produce, Papierstrom is an attempt to make the acoustic colour of a material perceptible, independent from its physical shape and the context of its use.