SONNTAG, 20. März 2005, 23:05. - 23:45, Ö1


Unser Auge vom Wechsel

von Petra Ganglbauer
Sound Engineer: Martin Leitner



[ Deutsche Version ]

The radio piece guides us through distinctly different acoustic spaces: like in life, pain and happiness, fortune and misfortune, war and peace, acceleration and deceleration, sleep and wakefulness, speaking and remaining silent – the list could go on forever – alternating and triggering different feelings, this piece also produces alternating qualities of experience: one could compare the repartee to the rapid succession of acoustic and visual images in the media, or with back-to-back commercials and news reporting about disasters, usually without any real separation: the juxtaposition of farce and suffering, fashion baubles and loss, etc.

Petra Ganglbauer attempts an abstract approach to these strange dynamics: she calls these two different qualities immersion and release.
The artist would like to thank Karin Lerch-Heilegger, whose acoustic extras tell about the former Stadt des Kindes in Vienna; Josef Ondracek, who provided sound recordings from Asia; and Peter Waugh for his poetry readings. All this has been incorporated into Ganglbauer's radio piece.

The visual material for the Internet comes from Petra Ganglbauer, Josef Ondracek (both: photos) and Peter Waugh (graphic design).

Among the sound sources used are primitive instruments, such as the so-called cardboard buzzer from Indonesia, the bull-roarer from Australia, news snippets, acoustic recordings or film material, poems, etc. With the help of these specific source qualities, the artist seeks to create spaces of ensnarement and spaces of breaking free, similar to the sine wave-like developments that are part of our everyday lives: fullness, emptiness, fullness, emptiness, etc., in this case, however, at times following in abrupt succession, at times merging together seamlessly.

The theme running through the work is the recordings and conversations in the former Stadt des Kindes in Vienna, the former children's home built in the seventies by the architect Anton Schweighofer and based on a concept combining youth and community work: it was supposed to be a home for children with an open living structure. In 2004 it was used to house Chechnian refugees. Ganglbauer traces its history: the past and the momentary reflect each other in an unusual way...