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Be Water #1 | Kerstin Ergenzinger – Pluvial: A Sono Tactile Architecture

12.10.2019 | 14:00 - 18:00

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An event every week that begins at 14:00 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until 12.10.2019

7 September to 12 October 2019

With PluvialĀ Kerstin Ergenzinger opens the new exhibition format Be Waterat the B-Part Exhibition Am Gleisdreieck. After her unique work Raumtasterfor Standart International #4 Spatial Clearings, a site-specific light drawing created with an overhead projector modified to a programmable drawing machine, the collaboration is now continued.

Her sculptural spatial installation follows the associative quality of rain noise and explores the sensual and philosophical relationship between man and place by connecting the listening body with moments in which proximity and atmosphere gain previously unknown levels of meaning.

The 80-channel spatial instrument consists of self-made, digitally controlled drums that work according to the String-Drum principle and use the shape memory alloy Nitinol as an instrument wire. The hanging drums balance floatingly in a large cloud-like mobile. Their metallic resonance tubes lift and lower at the heat-sensitive, kinetic nitinol strings, sending and knocking swelling rhythms and rushing harmonies through the room. Pluvial invites you to enter and follow the acoustic and tactile sounds.

Rain materializes white noise: modulated by the drop size and intensity of precipitation, acoustically and tactilely filtered by the quality of the environment the drops encounter. Analogous to the phenomenon of rain, these string drums are driven by random on-off voltage pulses, which in turn are modulated by the density and intensity of collected precipitation measurements on the oceans.

The result is an acoustic environment that develops in time and space. The physical body of the drum cloud with its different resonance frequencies and their harmonics acts like a set of bandwidth filters, defined by the different tube lengths, widths and materials, as well as by the randomly varying tensions of the drumheads. In addition, each drum is equipped with a feedback pendulum that interrupts the circuit when it is heated and fully tightened, allowing the rhythms of the individual drums to diverge further.

Thus, Pluvial acoustically simulates and creates rainy conditions: be it a single precipitation or the continuous rainfalls of a certain season, a climate of variable length or a geological episode marked by heavy precipitation.

The sound installation artificially creates an experience of being outside in changing weather conditions, with the openness of perception that arises when one is exposed to these unprotected conditions. Through its sculptural nature and its significance, which at the same time cannot be experienced directly through form, the work develops a phenomenal character and opens up a space of experience that moves at the interface between art and science. Auditive and visual stimuli are used to evoke sensations, just as rain triggers thoughts and dream-like journeys.

Be Water #1
Kerstin Ergenzinger – Pluvial: A Sono Tactile Architecture
Opening: Friday, 6 September 2019, 18 to 22 o’clock
Exhibition: 7 September to 12 October 2019
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 14 to 18 o’clock

The artist will be present on 14 September and 5 October 2019 from 4pm.

B-Part Exhibition curated by loop


14:00 - 18:00
Event Category:


B-Part Am Gleisdreieck
Luckenwalder Str. 6b
Berlin, 10963 Deutschland