In front of us is a wide valley
15 wireless headphones
5 transmitters with a range of about 100 m
5 mp3-player one map per person
The images show the map and installation views.
Installed in Karlsruhe-Entenfang, 2009
With traffic jam tellers, a map and headphones at the highway
Commuters were asked to observe and compare the immediate neighbors as well as using them as a trigger for
own memories and behaviours. Therefore they got voice recorders. The car next to them, animals and own
memories got into their spotlight and formed short fragments of curiousity, surprise, boredom or sadness.
These edited recordings were hearable in between the fragmented and confusing architecture of a highway crossing
in Germany via a wireless headphone system. Five transmitters with different audio sources were hidden and one had
to search for voices and noises with the help of a map.
As the radiowaves were widening the car cell for the observer, they did also start a communication with the
architectural setting of this typical highway crossing and its effects. As we are permanently confronted with
fussy noises, the mobile audio player has created a space of immunity and safety, some kind of a sound bubble,
which is surrounding us in the urban space. These machines are alluringly alive. They are widening the borders
of our self-centered everyday perceptions and are experimenting with our body as a junction of technological mediacy.
The architectural facts of highway bridges and underpathes are the cause and the effect of the thoughts being
heard over the headphones. Here they get into communication with each other.
___Documentation with sound fragments and images of the spot, excerpt 3:29 min, Vimeo