'Place is the Space', Gängeviertel, Hamburg, Germany, Jul-Aug 2018

Site-specific installation/intervention/performance project in collaboration with Gregory Büttner (DE)

Following our previous collaborations at Arc Artist Residency, Switzerland and during the Blurred Edges festival in Hamburg in 2016, Gregory secured funding from Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Kultur und Medien for us to work together again.

This time we wanted to concentrate more on exploring the space itself and it's acoustic characteristics, so spent 2 weeks in the Probebühne im Gängeviertel space trying many different methods to sound the room with devices, actions and sound equipment.

By the end of the Second week we had refined our approach and actions, and worked out a rough order of events for the piece.

Photographs by Gregory Büttner and Simon Whetham

The third week saw us transpose all of our sound making devices and apparatus to the MOM Art Space, which as you will see is completely different from the rehearsal space we had been using. It took the first two days to reinstall and reconfigure the installation elements, testing their combinations and effectiveness as we did so.

Photographs by Gregory Büttner and Simon Whetham

Below is a video edit of one of our 'rehearsals' in the space, kindly captured by Anja Winterhalter

By the end of the third week we were ready to present the piece to the public of Hamburg. We had a surprisingly large audience, which was great for us, but made the performative parts of the piece a little more difficult.

Photographs by Michael Münnich