2023 Installation, experimental Sound Walk
ink on paper, 6-channel-soundpiece, PVC-tubes, video, steel, paperclay, slate shingles, walk
Sewer networks connect people who are within the city and allow the fluids that pass through the environment and through us humans to flow together into the sewage. The city system can be understood as an organism for which a functioning wastewater system is indispensable.
We all, when drinking from the drinking fountain, on the toilet and when opening the tap, are part of a system that connects us and presents us with challenges to be solved together.
Our own body, through which water runs, which consists mainly of water and which is cleaned by water, gets incorporated into the bodies, cavities and channels through which our fresh or used water runs.
During my two-month residency at KABUFF-Residency, I focused on Freiburg's waterways. The old town is characterized by the "Bächle", a medieval system of utility water supply in the form of open water channels through almost all streets and alleys. I got to know the work of the people who clean the Bächle every day and thus also which parts of the Bächle are not visible and how this system is connected to the sewer system. I was also able to take sound samples at some of the canal points of the sewage system. I developed a group of works in different media from this.
For an experimental sound walk, I created listening devices whose fit exactly matches the diameter of a sewer cover. Equipped with these tools, we walked as a group from the E-WERK along the Bächle through Freiburg's old town to the Schwabentor, where the first Bächle comes to light.
Bildhauerhalle E-WERK and public space, Freiburg
Photographs: group of participants