La galería berlinesa Singuhr, conocida por su cuidada programación dedicada al arte sonoro, con obras a menudo creadas especialmente para su singular espacio (recordamos que está situada en el interior de un antiguo depósito de agua), acaba de anunciar el arranque de actividades de esta temporada, que coinciden con la llegada del calor, presentando trabajos de Arnold Dreyblatt, Terry Fox y Stefan Rummel.
SINGUHR – HOERGALERIE 2009 – SAISONERÖFFNUNG / SEASONAL OPENING
On 21 May, the singuhr – sound gallery will open its 2009 exhibition season with three sound installations in and at the two subterranean water reservoirs in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district.
Fehlformen (18 Uhr, 6 pm – Belforter Str./Straßburger Str.),
34 Turns (19 Uhr, 7 pm – Großer Wasserspeicher),
Turntable History (20 Uhr, 8 pm – Kleiner Wasserspeicher)
Arnold Dreyblatt (USA)
Turntable History – Installation im Kleinen Wasserspeicher
“Turntable History”, an installation by American media and sound artist Arnold Dreyblatt in the Small Water Reservoir, investigates the historical and social interrelationships of the place. A motor driven “media turntable” fitted with video beamers at the centre of the reservoir and slide projectors positioned around the space project text and image sources onto the brick walls. The material, the result of comprehensive research in historic archives, documents the history of the location fragmentarily. Flanked by resonance sounds from a multi-channelled loudspeaker system, a dynamic scenario emerges. Text, image and sound fragments move about the space – a multi-sensorial convergence on the history and present of the space which focuses on the mechanisms and the motor activity of remembering, enshrining and storing. This project is supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Terry Fox (USA)
34 Turns – Installation im Großen Wasserspeicher
“34 Turns” will concurrently open in the Large Water Reservoir – the final large-scale installation project by artist Terry Fox, who died in October 2008 and whose works straddling sculpture and sound gave significant momentum to sound art. With “34 Turns”, Fox developed an installation that relates the water reservoir’s maze-like vaulted architecture to the famous labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral with its 34 turns. Simple metal trays are installed in the 34 individual chambers of the reservoir’s outer ring that contain course salt crystals. Imperceptibly and slowly, they bind the humidity released into the air. This transformation process “at the threshold of audibility” is accompanied by real sounds and noises that are carried from the urban surroundings into the interior chamber at the centre of the water reservoir and then unfurl from the centre of the vault as a fine acoustic wave in the space. “34 Turns” is a slow and poetic convergence on a space and its associative potential.
Stefan Rummel (D)
Fehlformen – Klanginstallation im Wasserturmquartier
With “Fehlformen”, the Berlin artist Stefan Rummel presents a sound installation in the public space around the water tower square over the course of the singuhr – sound gallery’s entire 2009 season that focuses on modifications and distortions of the area. At the centre of the installation are two traffic islands located both north and south of the water tower. By relating them to one another sculpturally, Rummel transforms “Fehlformen” into an allegory on non-synchronisms and differences not only of architectonic and atmospheric developments on the most cramped urban spaces. “Fehlformen” is a singuhr – sound gallery contribution to the Berlin “ohrenstrand.net” project for New Music.