Sound installations

Soundshapes – In Between Frequencies

Volume I

Janine Jembere, Untitled (from the series Residence Time), 2013

Janine Jembere, Untitled (from the series Residence Time), 2013. Courtesy: the artist

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 11:00–19:00
Sat, Sun 10:00–19:00
Tue closed

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Soundshapes – In Between Frequencies is a project conceived by Julia Grosse and Carolin Köchling. Its first iteration Volume I is presented at the Gropius Bau.

Soundshapes – In Between Frequencies: Volume I activates the two entrances of the Gropius Bau with sound works by Kapwani Kiwanga and Janine Jembere, creating an acoustic connection between the central entrance portal of the neo-Renaissance building and the step-free entrance. Drawing from the potential of porosity, this architectural intervention challenges the monumentality and statics of the building in an attempt to destabilise the divide between interior and exterior.

Janine Jembere: endurance – a sound shower

18 October 2023 to 14 January 2024

Janine Jembere conceived a new work for Soundshapes – In Between Frequencies: Volume I. It consists of phrases that are uplifting, encouraging and empowering, collected by Jembere from friends and colleagues in different languages. This collectively authored, multilingual piece tackles language in its capacity to build relations amongst us, going far beyond one’s individual ability to decipher the meaning of words.

Jembere recorded the phrases in her own voice. Although making the effort to pronounce the words appropriately, her pronunciation is broken in many cases. For Jembere, this “broken pronunciation” raises questions around the colonial and imperial domination of language as well as the imbalance between those who speak in their mother tongue and those who speak a language learned later in life.       

Kapwani Kiwanga: 500ft

31 July to 16 October 2023

How does architecture control the physical movement and psychological state of humans? In her sound piece 500ft, Kapwani Kiwanga puts different disciplinary tools of built environments and colonial strategies of separation into relation. Drawing from her research into public institutions such as hospitals, prisons and urban spaces, the artist traces how disciplinary architectures travel and mutate across times and geographies. A recurring motif is the way in which the interior is shaped in response to the exterior in an effort to govern human behaviour and nature. The title of the work refers to the minimum distance between areas designated for the local population and those for European settlers in the French colonies, defined during the International Conference on Colonial Urbanism (Paris, 1931).

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