OÖ Kulturquartier, Linz
Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.
(Herman Melville, Moby-Dick)
Water is the focus of HÖHENRAUSCH 2018. Amorphous, volatile, and fluid, water has always been a foreign element for those confined to the land. Infinitely boundless, life-giving, belonging to no one and following its own laws, water is at the same time a perilous liminal space and a nearly insurmountable boundary, at turns “barbarically” disconcerting and devastating. More than 40 international artistic contributions show how contradictory the element of water can be: a place where we may run aground or set sail for new shores, a place of exchange or conquest and also a utopia. The HÖHENRAUSCH circuit with its walkways, bridges and stairs, the various art spaces, attics, and the vast roof landscape high above Linz forms the atmospherically charged backdrop for this extraordinary art project.
Tamara Grcic translates the flowing movement of a river into an acoustic interplay of voices. Words and sentences can be heard about the special qualities of a river and its constantly changing surface. The sounds of the words rise and fall, making the attic of the Ursulinenkirche vibrate, washing over the vaulted ceiling, the wooden walkways, and the visitors traversing them. In an additional video work, a young man observes the scene from the adjacent attic, lost in thought.
Curators: Elisabeth Schweeger, Martin Sturm, Genoveva Rückert
HÖHENRAUSCH is part of DonauArt, a cultural project taking place concurrently at differnent institutions and in the public space, presenting art projects revolving around the theme of water/the Danube.
DER FLUSS FLIESST, 2017–2018
sound installation, video, 24 loudspeakers, 18 exciters, 4 body shakers, 3 subwoofers, monitor
sound editing: Tamara Grcic, Raphael Languillat
sound engineer: Felix Dreher
speakers: Helgard Zeh, Nelly Politt, Lea Zehaf, Vincent Lang, Rainer Ewerrien