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hear and now (2007)

is an audio-visual installation. A floor projection shows the trajectories of a nonlinear dynamical system flowing from the center outwards. When the trajectories reach the circle, their position is represented by moving sound entities through 8 speakers. The dynamical system generates a constantly changing audio-visual cluster. The equations of motion are known as “chaotic itinerancy,” as described by the Japanese scientists Kaneko, Tsuda and Ikeda. The character of these dynamics, their visual and their acoustic representation is close to Heraclitus’ notion of pantha rhei - well known as:
We both step and do not step in the same rivers.
We are and are not.
The sound samples are the question words, who, where, how, when, what and why. 25 of them were selected from 12 languages. The choice was motivated because it is always a question that forces us to rethink categories. Hear and now invites the audience to enter a space in progress but without destination.
During my work at „hear and now“, I was substantially supported by Hans Diebner, Frank Halbig, Sebastian Fischer, Tamar Tembeck, Florian Dombois and the Institute Y at the  HKB in Bern as well as by Katrien Reist and the PROGR in Bern. For further support during the premiere at the festival „Flying Circus“, I would like to thank the team of the Institute for music und acoustics at the ZKM in Karlsruhe. Further I like to thank the people who lend me their voices: Olga Artes, Jayoung Bang, Doga Cigsar, Paulo Fereira-Lopes, Shingo Inao, Petra Kaiser, Irina Koutoudis, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica, Grégoire Qvenault, Pablo Robert, Olivia Toffolini, Steina and Woody Vasulka and Susanne Wurmnest.