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Susan Philipsz

The Calling — A Soundinstallation for the Viktoriabad

29.04. - 04.07.2021

In her installations, which are specifically developed for their locations, the Scottish artist Susan Philipsz, winner of the Turner Prize and participant in the documenta 13 (2012), always works with the interaction of sound and space.

Especially for the Viktoriabad, a popular, now closed public bath in the city of Bonn, full of memories for many citizens, Susan Philipsz has developed a new sound installation. In it, she  confronts the silence of the location with the sound of her own voice, which, multiplied and in various forms of expression, swells, ebbs and echoes, while leaving room for silence in between. For this installation, the artist was inspired not least by the thesis of the Italian radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, declaring that every sound once produced never fades away into pure silence, but rather pervades our universe as a quiet but never silent trace. Like echoes of the past, Susan Philipsz conjures up an atmosphere of the former liveliness and vitality of the location. Her voice resonates in a wide range of variations - sometimes it sounds chaotic and well-placed, sometimes sonorous, harmonious or even dissonant - and thus reflects the whole range of human nature.

The Calling is part of the exhibition Sound and Silence (27.5. -5.9.2020), in which the Kunstmuseum Bonn explores the theme of silence in all its forms from fulfilled and forced silence to what only appears to be silence and sound clusters that transcend the audible.

An exhibition as part of the project "Emptiness, Silence, Fall - Prometheus" in cooperation with the Beethovenfest Bonn, sponsored by BTHVN2020 with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the City of Bonn and the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis.

Exhibition location: Viktoriabad, Franziskanerstr. 9, 53113 Bonn
Admission is free of charge.

For safety reasons, access to the exhibition is only possible from the age of 14.
The exhibition is not barrier-free.

Header and above: Viktoriabad Bonn, 2020, Picture: Sonja Werner

Viktoriabad Bonn, 2020, Picture: Sonja Werner

Viktoriabad Bonn, 2020, Picture: Sonja Werner