Urban Morphologies

Concert installation, 2021
Composition: Katharina Rosenberger
Video: Betina Kuntzsch

The Sound of the City, a collaboration with the Swiss composer Katharina Rosenberger and the musicians of the Berlin ensemble mosaik. URBAN MORPHOLOGIES in a five channel video installation



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Changes due to gentrification are directly reflected in the acoustic-visual cityscape. URBAN MORPHOLOGIES investigates these developments with local residents, artists as the displaced and causers, and local sound environments.

Three cities in transition. URBAN MORPHOLOGIES is about disappearance, longing and becoming, utopia, resistance and resilience. Architecture for money, shared neighbourhoods and rapid change, but also the need for dialogue and exchange across all social structures are the consequences. The challenges are the same everywhere. The selection of Berlin – Los Angeles – Basel was made in collaboration with the participating artists, who live in these cities, experience their change and ask themselves to what extent they are responsible for this change.

In URBAN MORPHOLOGIES, the audience joins the artists on an audiovisual, chamber music and installation journey with references to the past, present and hypothetical future of these three cities. In the process, the boundaries become blurred and it is sometimes unclear which city you are in. Individual places come into focus, parallels and points of connection emerge, memories and fantasies take on a life of their own. In interviews and recitations, both locals and scientists have their say; sound worlds of distinctive places are recreated and spun on. The photo and video documentations of the changing cities and their people merge into dynamic visual worlds.

The fungus as utopia

„Stadtplanung ist kein unschuldiges ästhetisches Unterfangen, sondern eines, das eng verbunden ist mit der Aufrechterhaltung und Repräsentation von Machtstrukturen.“

Was Ingrid Böck 2015 in ihren Six Canonical Projects by Rem Kohlhaas nach Michel Foucault festhält, manifestiert sich heute in Metropolregionen auf der ganzen Welt. Wie werden Wohnraum, Arbeitsraum und öffentlicher Raum im Stadtgebiet gewichtet? Welche Gruppen und Interessen werden in der Stadtplanung berücksichtigt? Was für eine Rolle spielen zeitliche Dimensionen für ihre Ausgestaltung?

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ensemble mosaik
Simon Strasser – Oboe
Christian Vogel – Klarinette
Sebastian Lange – Saxofon
Ernst Surberg – Klavier / Turntables, Performance
Chatchatur Kanajan – Violine
Karen Lorenz – Viola
Mathis Mayr – Cello
Arne Vierck – Klangregie


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