2015, ohrenhoch der Geräuschladen
We are pleased to inform you that in 2015 'ohrenhoch - the Noise Shop' will deal with the question "Sound activism" in the most diverse facets, and thereto will make signals like:
What can sound activate?
Does ist have to be political?
Is language unavoidable?
Fathom the agency of the acoustic.
A hearing enlightenment.
(Excerpt from the text "Sound activism" by Knut Remond and Isabella Zamboni)
Martyna Poznanska will be starting on Sunday 4 and 11 January 2015 with her sound installation "Salt-Sculpting", which is special also in the sense that it will be present at ohrenhoch throughout the year 2015.
18 and 25 January 2015: "Meine-Welt-Musik – 2. Symphonie" Op.148/2013 by Dieter Kaufmann
1 and 8 February 2015: "Syria..as my mother speaks" by Christine Gedeon with sound artist Bent Bøgedal Christoffersen.
15 and 22 February 2015: "outcry" for Bassbox loudspeaker installation, by Knut Remond
1 and 8 March 2015: "MOSCOW - (M)y Swo(O)ning (S)ends out (C)old (W)armth", by Elisabeth Schimana
15 and 22 March 2015: "Black Ice" by Maggi Payne
29 March and 5 April: "Labor in the Territory of Hawaii, 1939" Installation for a single visitor, by Ludwig Abraham
12 and 19 April: "Breathe Between the Lines / Atmen Zwischen Linien" - for Eric Garner, by Christopher DeLaurenti
26. April and 3 May: "Island" by Dean Rosenthal
10 and 17 May: "La rosa incarnata del suono" by Giuseppe Iacono
24 May: "defeat" - audiodrama or psychosonic? - by Knut Remond
14 and 21 June: "pájaro suelto" sound installation by Rubén D'Hers
26, 27, 28 June and 5 July: "unerhört" by the ohrenhoch-Kids
12 and 19 July: "AGNES, TINA, LION & MATHIS" by Alois Späth
26 July and 2 August: Extension "AGNES, TINA, LION & MATHIS" by Alois Späth
9 and 16 August: "This Is For You (ohrenhoch, Berlin)" Tina M Pearson
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'ohrenhoch - the Noise Shop' presents on Sunday 12 and 19 July 2015, 2pm - 9pm:
Extension: Sunday 26 July and 2 August!
Sound installation (Premiere)
by Alois Späth
Alois Späth on 'AGNES, TINA, LION & MATHIS":
The tripartite sound installation shown in 'ohrenhoch - the Noise Shop' has grown out of the simple recognition that serially (mass-)produced things and everyday objects look alike for our eyes but reveal their individual own sound and differ from each other, as soon as we listen into their inside, for example by flicking them with a finger and making them sound.
So-called transducers – small special loudspeakers by oscillation that only in contact with objects diffuse their sound through them – are placed on metal hangers, book-stands, glass flower vases and ceramic saucers as resonating bodies.
The serially produced IKEA furniture objects reproduce sounds of quite normal everyday situations, living spaces and experiences. Each object with its own sound resonates with the sound being played back on it, and colors it, whereas its own sound slightly to strongly differs from the own sound of the other object which visually seems identical.
In the overall impression it can be heard that the single objects provide a seemingly musical sound garment to the played-back basic sound and make the sound wander at times through the installation by "resonating" in different ways - much the same as in a surround or multichannel installation.
[Translation from German: Katharina Moos]
Relating to the question "sound activism" with which ohrenhoch deals in 2015, Alois Späth writes:
"Sound, when made and heard by humans, creates self-definition and individuality. Sound art, as every art form, transports empowerment. Self-definition and individuality further and further create diversity and variety, which in turn multiply. [Translation from German: K.Moos]
Audio Field Report no. 33 / Sound activism 12: Interview with Alois Späth by Knut Remond. Limited Edition Audio cassette, 8 copies numbered. Available at 'ohrenhoch - the Noise Shop' (and can be heard there on headphone no.1).
Born in 1972
After attending School at the cathedral choir "Regensburger Domspatzen" he studied musicology and German at the University of Regensburg (Graduation Magister Artium).
After several years working as a professional singer in various choir and ensemble engagements including Collegium Vocale Gent, Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, including Weser Renaissance.
Since 2004 practice of experimental electronic and computer based music
In 2011 he graduated with Master of Arts "Sound Studies - Acoustic Communication" from Universität der Künste Berlin in the class for experimental sound design with the sound installation "Panharmonicon 2"
Since then he works as a soundartist, sounddesigner and sound scientist.Soundinstallations, sound interventions and electroacoustic compositions for festivals, institutes (Goethe Institutes Usbekistan, Kasachstan and Spain / Barcelona), theatre and in context of residencies.
ohrenhoch, der Geräuschladen presents at the art festival 48 Stunden Neukölln (Festival theme „S.O.S. - art saves the world"):
by the ohrenhoch-Kids
Friday 26 June 7pm - 10pm
Saturday 27 June 2pm - 11pm
Sunday 28 June 2pm - 7pm
and on the ohrenhoch Sunday
Sunday 5 July 2pm - 9pm
A patchwork of field recordings, interviews, sound installations, performance and sound actions. The ohrenhoch-Kids search for the unheard, dealing with domination, war and ecology, and through actively communicating and taking part in the social discourse.
ohrenhoch-Kids since 2008
The sound gallery 'ohrenhoch - the Noise Shop' was opened along with the ohrenhoch School in 2008. In the ohrenhoch School the ohrenhoch-Kids, age 5 to 13, learn, research and experiment. Starting from their own ideas they realise acoustic projects on fixed media with electroacoustic/acousmatic compositions, performance, field recordings and sound installations. The pedagogical basis is to meet the children at equal eye level and as fully-fledged members of the society. Director and mentor of the ohrenhoch-Kids is Knut Remond, artistic director of 'ohrenhoch - the Noise Shop'. The ohrenhoch-Kids appear on the same platform as the international sound artists whose works are presented in the sound gallery every Sunday.
Idea, creation, performance: Chiara, Elias, Tarek, Yuri, Elsa, Jacob, Aila, Manuel, Alma, Minze.
Director: Knut Remond
The ohrenhoch-Kids have debated in diverse topic areas about destruction and exploitation of the globalised world, and realised different projects with the acoustic possibilities. The ideas that emerged are activistic, courageous but also witty and forward-looking, and have one thing in common: The conviction that every individual can bring into action his/her individual possibilities in order to stand up in his/her environment and in the society for a better and solidary, more imaginative world.
The world or the media informations not only consist of pictures and texts but also of acoustic things. 'ohrenhoch' and the ohrenhoch School are based on hearing, and try to free the acoustic or the definition of music from its tight limits. Tones and sounds aren't only contained in so-called musical things. It's about a democratisation, to dissolve the hierarchies in music, in life, in our everyday lives. The variety of the acoustic is mirrored, transformed and contrasted by the ohrenhoch-Kids on different levels in an interdisciplinary context, to better understand the world and be more active and critical for oneself and for others.
"unerhört" evolved from the question of "sound activism" in particular, which is the leitmotiv of the sound gallery ohrenhoch in 2015, reflected and presented from different perspectives by the sound artists and composers.
S.O.S. - art saves the world
The ohrenhoch-Kids focus on our ears, that is on the acoustic possibilities, to take an active and critical part in questioning the condition of the present world order. The ohrenhoch-Kids produced different projects for S.O.S. to sensitise people and to make them aware of the art of the acoustic, in an independent, critical and lively discourse. They also want to point out that every single person with his/her hearing and senses in general can change something and take part actively, each one with his/her individual creative possibilities.
"unerhört" consists of 7 different projects which are presented by the ohrenhoch-Kids for 48 Stunden Neukölln:
„Mitten auf der Strasse" (in Neukölln) „In the middle of the street" (in Neukölln)
is a loop piece heard in the gallery space on the fixed ohrenhoch loudspeaker installation. It is made of sound interviews with pedestrians in the streets of Neukölln. The ohrenhoch-Kids with their recorder asked adults and children to make a sound with their voice so that they could record it. They collected tiny little recordings which at the end they put together compositionally into a loop piece.
Also in the gallery space, on the shelves there are "acoustic cups", made of prepared throwaway coffee cups which you can hold to your ears, and cause sound experiences by tapping, scratching, scraping and rubbing.
In the gallery space spontaneously (without time specification, repeatedly over the 48 hours) a performance takes place based on a video advertising of the Federal Armed Forces in 2013. The original title of the video advertising is: "Career with a future".
„Werft die Fahnen fort“
is a (music) performance based on texts by Kurt Tucholsky. The performances take place repeatedly over the 48 hours, without time specification.
A feature by Tarek, Yuri and Knut. With interviews conducted by Tarek and Yuri.In the ohrenhoch archive 'the potato' the piece „Bundes-WEHR?“ is presented on headphones. It is made of smartphone recordings of questionings of different people about war, the Federal Armed Forces and the politics of the Federal Government. With the collected interviews and the sound processings of Tarek and Yuri, Knut created a composition, a so-called feature.
is an electroacoustic (acousmatic) composition, made of field recordings from Singapore. With his family Jacob spent a year in Singapore. He was given a recorder from ohrenhoch to take with him. In Singapore he made different recordings of insects, which he later in Berlin at ohrenhoch processed with Manuel into a special sound composition. For S.O.S. "Singapore" is presented in a specially prepared audio booth.
„No Future“ is an electroacoustic (acousmatic) composition by Chiara. It takes place on the fixed loudspeaker installation Bassbox in the cellar spaces. "No Future" is about the destruction of the rainforest.