Hinaus:: In den, Wald.
In den, Wald. (Out:: Into the, Forest.) is based on texts
by the schizophrenic Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli (18641930). The
starting point is Wölflis megalomanic autobiography Von
der Wiege bis zum Graab (From the Cradle to the Grave);
in its various language constructions (lists, poems, songs, testaments,
etc.) the sound and rhythm of the voice emancipate themselves and the text
can be appreciated only on an acoustic-abstract level. In his compositional
work, Bernhard Gal translates excerpts from
Wölflis transformations and abstractions into his own sound language.
The selected texts are spoken by a 9-year-old Taiwanese girl who has no
knowledge of German and by Gal himself. Wölflis
constant drive to create is underscored with a binaural sound recording
of walking, running, and breathing out in the forest. This layer
also provides the emotional-dynamic background for the structural interweaving
of the various text fragments. Hinaus:: In den, Wald. is conceived
for a completely darkened room. The disquieting spatial situation can also
be understood as a spatialization of Wölflis subconscious.
Hinaus:: In den, Wald. (2001)
Dark listening room, four loudspeakers, 4-channel audio system
Commissioned by Sammlung Essl and the Festival Wien Modern 2001.
Selected exhibitions / sound installations
Exhibition 'Adolf Woelfli Universum. Eine Retrospektive.', Kunstmuseum Bern, 2008
Exhibition 'Blackbox Tonkunst', as part of the project Schauwerk. Theaterhaus Gessnergasse Zuerich, 2007
Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, 2007
Diapason Gallery, New York City, 2005
singuhr - hörgalerie in parochial, Berlin, 2003
Exhibition 'Kopfwelten. ADOLF WOELFLI.' (Part of Festival Wien Modern). Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg (AUT), 2001 (premiere)
Hinaus:: In den, Wald. has also been presented as a live laptop performance in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the USA.
Part of Bernhard Gal's Book & audio CD 'Installations', Kehrer Verlag Germany, 2005
DVD-surround version (excerpt) published by Aspect - DVD Magazine of New Media Art, Boston, 2004
Full Length CD release published by Klanggalerie, Vienna, 2004
Listen to audio excerpts (opens audio player)
Conceptual details (pdf-file)