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blind spot

Noise and sound in space

2 September - 8 October 2017

Opening on Friday, 01/09/2017 at 20:00 h

The exhibition presents contemporary positions of sound art.
It focuses on sound installations allowing for multiple possibilities of synaesthetic perception. Given an equitable attention, the audible and the visual merge symbiotically to form space-temporal events whose variable characteristics depend not least on the moment and the position of the visitor within the exhibition space.

Participating artists

Anja Erdmann (Weimar)
Miriam Hamann (Vienna, Austria)
Christoph Illing (Berlin)
Martina Lussi (Luzern, Switzerland)
Evgenija Wassilew (Berlin)
Achim Zepezauer (Dortmund)

Associated events:

02/09/2017, 16:00 - 18:00 h

„listening - zuhören“ with Marcus Beuter (sound artist)
Workshop for teenagers and adults
We cannot shut our ears. But what do we hear? An Introduction into the world of listening. With active exercises
Registration until 01/09/2017 at workshop@gegenort.com

02/09/2017, 18:30 - 19:30 h

Curator's guided tour:
Guided tour with curator Denise Ritter and the artists

02/09/2017, 20:00 h

Experimentelle Musik
mex concert in the context of "blind spot"
in cooperation with mex (www.mexappeal.de)
with Anja Erdmann (Weimar) & Marcus Beuter (Bielefeld), Julia Bünnagel (Cologne)

16/09, 23/09 & 24/09/2017, 11:00 - 16:00 h

Film and sound experiments „robot sounds“
with Dagmar Lippok and Björn Leonhard
for kids of 10 - 14 years of age
(in the context of „Kulturrucksack NRW“)

Anja Erdmann

Raumsucher (Light and Sound Apparatus)

Raumsucher consists of digitally controlled motors and lighting elements. The installation repurposes the motors as crude sound generators. Moving shadow projections are animated by changing light sequences of the LEDs. Together they form an audio-visual network, temporally structured movements, - to create a spatial experience.
Raumsucher explores the difference between object and projection, construction and imagination. In search of manifold ways to perceive space.

Miriam Hamann

3’2,2m3 (Sound Installation)

The work 3'2,2 m3 is the result of an investigation into the sculptural presence of everyday objects and the function of sound as immaterial material. At first the objects formed from ventilation shafts evoke the impression of a purely sculptural and static work. However, excess pressure flaps have been built into the individual ventilation ducts, and ventilators control the movement of their fins. The actuation varies and is employed as in a composition. 

Christoph Illing

Brain Decomposition | sound installation 1 (Sound Installation)
by Christoph Illing and Titus von der Malsburg
photo: Myriam Holme

Brain Decomposition | sound installation 1" conveys the spatial nature of
brain waves. By using multi-channel playback the presented work intends to
make the space of the skull audible. Our recordings originate from a
linguistic experiment, in which 30 electrodes attached to the skull served as
sound sources.

Martina Lussi

Komposition für einen Kreis (Sound Installation)

Mitten im Ausstellungsraum befindet sich ein Scheinwerfer, welcher ein Lichtkreis auf den Boden projiziert. An der Wand hängt ein Kopfhörer mit iPod, daneben ein Schild mit dem Titel der Arbeit und einer Anweisung an den Besucher: «Setze den Kopfhörer auf und starte das Stück auf dem IPod. Gehe gegen den Uhrzeigersinn auf dem Umriss des projizierten Kreises bis das Stück zuende ist.» Aus Aufnahmen der elektrischen Gitarre entstand eine ruhige, sphärische Komposition, welche mittels versetzten Wiederholungen immer wieder neue Soundstrukturen generiert.

Evgenija Wassilew

Tempest Tunes (Sound Installation)

The sound of a tempest, simulated through the speed of the wind during a drive, was captured out of a window in thin glass tubes of various lengths and a small microphone placed inside the glass. The glass tubes recorded the blow of the wind up to 210 km/h, thewind speed of a hurricane. Each tube produced unique sequences of whistling tones and noises, steered by the blow of the wind during the recordings. These sounds are then played back by small speakers inside the tubes. The fragile construction leans forward inthe space, fixed on pivot arms and hold up by single threads from the ceiling.

Achim Zepezauer

Cardtalk Cutting Lathe (Cutting lathe & Cardboard phonograph with recycled CD), photo: André Symann

The Cardtalk Cutting Lathe is a machine, with which speech can be cut onto the backside of old CDs. The finished pieces can be played back by a usual record player. But the housing is as well an electricity-free phonograph made from cardboard, that was already used by missionaries in the 1960s.

Concept and Organisation: Denise Ritter

images works ©: the artists
photos opening ©

Kindly supported by:
Kulturbüro Dortmund, Sparkasse Dortmund, DEW 21, DEGEM (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik), BerlinerLuft, SeaM Weimar (Studio für Elektroakustische Musik Weimar)