I am sHitting in a room, sound installation at Konzerthaus, Vienna, 2002






-> more


















I am sHitting in a room

Sound installation by Bernhard Gal

The title of this installation cites Alvin Lucier’s sound art classic “I am sitting in a room”, in which the intrinsic resonances of a room are made audible through the repeated recording and projection of the same text. In ironic reference to this conceptual idea, Bernhard Gal combines the sound spaces of the two lavatories (women/men) of the Konzerthaus in Vienna. Microphones and loudspeakers are installed in both restrooms; the sounds from the women’s room are projected into the men’s room and vice versa. The resulting feedback loops can be regarded as the fastest possible shortcut of Lucier’s concept. A live electronic sound control system with velocity envelopes, delay patterns, and pitch shifting alters the room’s sounds and dampens and modulates the feedback that constantly arises anew. At the same time, the recording and playing back of these sonic spaces breaks up and questions the intimacy of this “taboo soundscape”.
I am sHitting in a room (2002)

Microphones, loudspeakers, live electronics, 4-channel audio system
Premiere: Public Toilets of the 'Neuer Saal', Konzerthaus Vienna, 2002 (Durian-Festival 2002)

I am sHitting in a room - audio excerpt 1..........I am sHitting in a room - audio excerpt 2
I am sHitting in a room has been published as part of Bernhard Gal's Book & audio CD 'Installations', Kehrer Verlag Germany, 2005.
A site-specific adaptation of I am sHitting in a room has been presented at the Festival Interface in Berlin in September 2007.

Book & CD ' Installations'
Order Book / CD
Other sound installations