Your Touch Makes The Place
21 Jan — 3 Feb 2022
Photos © Sara Lehn
21 Jan 2022 | Silent Green (outside) | 4–7pm
22 Jan — 3 Feb | Silent Green (outside) | daily 3–6pm
18 Feb 2022 | Cashmere Radio night
SoundS at transmediale and CTM Vorspiel with Your Touch Makes The Place, a project by students of Sound Studies and Sonic Arts under the supervision of Sara Lehn.
It doesn’t take much to transform a place. A few years and a crematorium is a ‘Kulturquartier’. A few rearrangements and a rooftop is an aural gazebo, a silent lawn turns into a site for listening and coming together. A few compositions and this place becomes a portal to the histories of what surrounds it as well as other dimensions and realities : Suddenly, the the guardians of the dead are evoked, stories about those in the ether, that were never even alive. Connections drawn from tiny mutterings of hidden corners to their resonance across the city. The present is summoned by its links to past and future, a vessel for memory and foreshadowing, an instrument to be activated by our voice and touch.
As part of the exhibition ‘Your Touch Makes The Waves’ by Cashmere Radio, the minimalist octagonal structure ‘monoment’ (Sara Lehn / Eric Windel) on the lawn in front of Silent Green hosts a public listening session of its recent sound art contributions. ‘Your Touch Makes the Place’ (Sound Studies and Sonic Arts, UdK Berlin) puts hands on and presents a transmediale and CTM Vorspiel special.
Like a stethoscope, the contact microphones epitomise the contact between doctor and patient’s body. Vibrating windows, sizzling heating pipes, tinkling light bulbs… Silent Green becomes a palpitating instrument, revealing its inner aural enigmas. Sonorous hyper reality out of context, re-signified through digital processing.
Minimalist impact of repeated and compressed vocals – recorded on the concrete ramp at Silent Green.
I live with persons and stories I have only heard about. Interview passages and fieldrecordings from the Silent Green site.
Falling dust, descending in transformation. Repetition. Exhaustion. Coexisting in dissonant movements. What do we do with the little pieces ? We consent to the ritualism of presence. Nothing else, nothing more.
Impulse Response based feedback composition, connecting mutual resonances of two cultural locations across Berlin. Between histories of Silent Green and a precarious ‘Zukunft am Ostkreuz’
“Without decay and forever awake I shall greet & guard the ones that enter the gate.”
A graveyard, SMSHAANA. SMSH/shava (“corpse”), while shana refers to shanya (“bed”). An attempt to bridge the in-betweeness of MATTER AND SPIRIT endogenously/exogenically experienced in the process of leaving. The duality of life and death, of past and present meet in the “NOWNESS of the BREATH” and breath is Air/PRAANA…