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SOUNDSEEING V – Sounds to See

Opening Address 2014 | Ute Schäfer

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Experiencing special sounds in special venues – that’s what »SOUNDSEEING« is all about in terms of content. High-class art and culture at eleven cultural venues in Münsterland – that is the regional significance of SOUNDSEEING. In 2014, the network extends from Ahlen to Gronau and from Rheine to Bocholt. This makes it bigger than ever. SOUNDSEEING V crosslinks the region’s cultural venues with the aim of opening ears and eyes to something new. In order to make this happen at a young age, SOUNDSEEING V has new elements on offer: workshops for children and teenagers that are specifically designed to seek dialogue with a young audience. Sounds to see for everyone. I would like to thank everyone who has made the project possible.
You contribute to the cultural enrichment of Münsterland!

Ute Schäfer | Minister for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport
of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia


SOUNDSEEING V – Programme 2014



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A chandelier fallen into the depths below, gently resounding in the Stadt-Galerie Ahlen, vinyl objects and light-sound boxes in DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, kinetic sound apparatuses made from everyday objects in Burg Vischering, playable percussion sculptures in the Amtsgarten of Burg Nienborg, sound machines that react to visitors and invite them to interact in Kloster Bentlage or solar-powered art in Eiskeller Altenberge: SOUNDSEEING V featured sounds to see performed by numerous renowned sound artists such as Claus van Bebber, hans w. koch, Tilman Küntzel, Michael Nicke, José Antonio Orts, Christof Schläger, Ralf Schreiber, Erwin Stache and Dino Steinhof.




Deep Schrott, the only bass saxophone quartet in the universe, cult band »Talking Horns«, Christof Schläger’s »Quäker« or Stephan Froleyk’s »geschweifte Tuba« – SOUNDSEEING V dazzled with an incredibly unheard-of concert programme worth listening to.
The sound artists of »Atonor« developed their very own blend of performance, theatre and rhythm in their sound laboratory. Duo »Moving Sounds«, featuring clarinetist Tara Bouman and world-renowned trumpeter Markus Stockhausen, ventured into new acoustic worlds with spherical (over)tones. Improvisation and experiment, wit and zest, acoustic colours ranging from comical to mystical – avant-garde and jazz enthusiasts were ecstatic!



Sound installations specifically designed for the respective venue are part of SOUNDSEEING’s very essence. As a permanent installation on the premises of the Landesmusikakademie NRW in Heek-Nienborg, artist Andreas Oldörp thus devised a concentrated-meditative listening place which has a subtly harmonising way of charging the place with sound energy. Special sounds in special places were also promised by the installations in the TextilWerk Bocholt, in rooms to which visitors normally don’t have access. Last but not least, at Kloster Bentlage José Antonio Orts enchanted the audience with his delicate sound art objects, which responded to a change of light by producing sounds, tones, creaks and whispers…

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Participation, or to put it more simply, joining in, has been an essential part of SOUNDSEEING from the very beginning. In the past years, fascinating projects such as »30 years of Travelon Gamelon«, a bicycle workshop and orchestra by American composer and sound artist Richard Lermans, or »Singende Insektenroboter« with Ralf Schreiber were among them. In 2014, sound builder Schreiber, very well liked in the region for his annual electronics workshops, and his friend and colleague Christian Faubel have led several workshops across Münsterland in cooperation with local schools. Working together with children and teenagers, they soldered electronic sound devices and equipped a sound tree with solar objects. Sonic excitement guaranteed – no previous electronic knowledge required!