TIME-TONE PASSAGES - a public radio installation in the Welckerpassage, Bonn
The radio installation "zeit-ton-passagen" by the Bonn city sound artist 2017 Maia Urstad, realised next to the World Conference Center Bonn, is a journey into the world of languages and radio signals. To facilitate the creation of this work, the international broadcaster Deutsche Welle opened its radio archive to the artist. A selection from the many different radio languages, voices and broadcast-specific sounds collected in the archive since the 1950s was compiled and transformed by Maia Urstad, and does now serve as the material of her 40-channel site-specific sound installation in the Welckerpassage. More more info and images below.
Running time: Nov. 29th 2017 – Dec. 31st 2018 daily 10:00 – 20:00
Location: Welckerstrasse (Passage between GOP and WCCB) Bonn / Germany.
Time-Tone Passages was the main work by Maia Urstad as the selected sound artist of Bonn 2017
Commisioned by bonnhoeren / Beethoven Foundation Bonn
Curator: Carsten Seiffarth
Photo: Zimon Vogel
31 copper-colored loudspeakers arrayed along the length of the Welckerpassage tunnel in four rows invite guests to embark on a journey into the sound world of human languages – both those familiar and exotic. The composition explores the different melodies and rhythms that characterize the individual languages while also at times featuring clearly comprehensible announcements from diverse parts of the world where Deutsche Welle can still today or could at one time be received. In addition, now and then technical radio signals resound from small open black loudspeakers affixed to the wall opposite the 31 loudspeakers. Finally, an additional drone-like compositional element that sonically reflects the changing mood at various hours of the day floats above it all.
German title: ZEIT-TON-PASSAGEN
Norwegian title: TIDSKLANGPASSASJER
Technical director: Markus Oppenländer
Technical sound work: Dirk Specht
Technical assistent: Richard Heßler, Dirk Ufermann
Sound archivist Deutsche Welle: Christian Spiecker
Special thanks to Anastassia Boutsko, Marion Haug-Mähren and Bernt Rössle at Deutsche Welle
- «In the flood of sounds», Deutsche Welle, review by Rick Fulker 30.11.2017 can be read HERE
- «Nicht abschalten, sondern zuhören», General Anzeiger newspaper is linked HERE
- «Stadtklanginstallation: zeit-ton-passagen» Medienwerksatatt Bonn, podcast by Erika Altenburg HERE
- «Stadt-Klangkunst in der Welckerpassage», review in Rheinische Anzeigenblaetter by Harald Weller HERE
More information: www.bonnhoeren.de