Sound installation at Museum Essl, Austria







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Hinaus:: In den, Wald.

Sound installation, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg (Austria), October 2001- January 2002
Hinaus:: In den, Wald. (“Out:: Into the, Forest.”) is based on texts by the schizophrenic Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli (1864–1930). The starting point is Wölfli’s 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 Wölfli’s 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. Wölfli’s 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 Wölfli’s 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)