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OVERLAY (2018)
Site-specific sound installation

Overlay: Installation View (2018)

Overlay is a site-specific sound installation for the panoramic window front of the Humboldt-Box, located in between the newly constructed Humboldt-Forum and the Lustgarten in the city center of Berlin. The sound for Overlay is directly connected to the view visitors have when looking out of the window. Appearing like a curtain of sound, the installation makes use of the fact that the window glass usually isolates all sounds coming in. By playing sound onto the glass, employing transducer speakers that make the windows resonate and appear as sound sources, it adds a series of composed soundscapes to the view. Because these artificial soundscapes solely consist of sonic material recorded around the Lustgarten (at different times of day), on the one side, the impression for the visitors is, that the window is permeable. On the other, the installation plays with the fact that the mind, just as in film sound, connects visible and audible sources that don’t necessarily belong together. In this sense, Overlay adds a credible sound space to the view, but caused by the asynchronism of the events, it shifts the awareness to the listening process itself, transforming the perception of time and space.

Overlay has been created for the exhibition “[Sound] Listening to the world”, organized by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss jointly with the Ethnologischen Museum der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Kulturprojekte Berlin with the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin as well as with the AMAR Foundation in Beirut, supported from the Arab Fund For Arts and Culture AFAC.

Overlay: Installation Views (2018)

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