Sound Installation, 2010
November 10th-14th, 2010; Palais Kabelwerk, Vienna
Presented as part of the
European Conference on 'Public space and the challenges of urban transformation
in Europe: politics and culture',
organized by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR), Nov. 10th-11th, 2010.
¡Pasarán! is the title of a site-specific sound installation by Bernhard Gal, developed for so-called transitory zones - architectural areas that serve no other function than to pass through, thus separating an interior space from an exterior space. This transitory character is underlined by Gals acoustic intervention. The imaginary opening of outward-looking doors activates exterior soundscapes, the virtual opening of inward-facing doors presents - potential - interior acoustic spaces. This constructed sound environment is juxtaposed with the real physical act of walking through the installation space. Thus, passers-by compose their own realistic counterpart of the same sonic concept. The implications of crossing through a border area is also exemplified by sound recordings of security checks, screenings or other control mechanisms which currently shield the fortified first world that we call our own.
The title ¡Pasarán!
(i.e. "They will pass!") relates to the popular anti-fascist
exclamation ¡No pasarán!, touching on issues
of todays omnipresent geographic, social and political frontiers,
where transit only is an option when coming from the right