Site-specific installation with 47 speakers

EIN MEER AUS HERZSCHLAG | Site-specific sound installation for St. Petri Friedhof, Braunschweig, Germany.
Historical cemetery, 47 hidden loudspeakers, 1000 metres of hidden loudspeaker cable.
Year: 2017

Ein Meer aus Herzschlag  can only be perceived sonically. Nothing indicates an installation, nothing irritates the site, which is still clearly visible as a cemetery, the work blends in and barely noticeably changes the tonal and atmospheric quality of the site. The heartbeat, as unique as a fingerprint, becomes the compositional starting point as the fundamental rhythm of life: the point of departure for the considerations and the starting point for a contrapuntal composition with the cemetery and the silence of the graves as one voice and a large amount of heartbeats as the other.

Along the central avenue we look at the rows of graves overgrown with ivy, weathered writings, faded memory – a special aura is felt. Åsa Stjerna picks it up with her sound art work, makes it more conscious and experienceable in the structure of urban sounds: a synchronized sound field, constantly changing over time, based on imaginary heartbeats, lays over the green like an echo of earlier times. The walk between the weathered, over-mossed and overgrown stones becomes a walk through a sea of sounds – present life and past life connect directly in this poetic moment.

(English translation of text from the Klangstaetten’s website)

Allgemeiner Konsumverein e.V. Braunschweig as part of Klangstaetten-Stadtklaenge Braunschweig 2017: 
Curators: Dr Anne Müller von der Haegen and Prof. Ulrich Eller.

Andre Bartetzki: Software developer
Manfred Fox, Fox Engineering Berlin: Technical engineer: 

Link: Klangstaetten website

Link: Allgemeiner Konsumverein e.V. Braunschweig

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