What: A site-specific project by the sound art class (Klangkunst Klasse
) at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HBK) in Braunschweig. Soundwalk with twelve individual site-specific sound works
Where:Von der Rosentalbrücke am Petritorwall bis zur Okerbrücke an der Uferstraße nahe dem Ölper See. (detailed information on the attached map)How: Accessible in situ
via QR-code, smartphone with earphones, and online url
When: 10. März - 17. März 2021
Participants: Johanna Altgaßen, Yannick Averdiek, Janis Binder, Marie Bothmer, Finja Dühring, Marie-Sophie Kopf, Romina Herrera, Milena Lorenz, Tine Metschke, Jonas Meyburg, Partyk Modlinski, Phoebe Pätzold, Johanna Spieker,Jan Selcuk, Julia Weidner
How can sound and listening be artistically used to explore and deepen our experience of the world surrounding us?
This is the question that motivates the project ÜberBrücken
, a site-specific project by the sound art class at HBK in Braunschweig as part of art in public space.
takes the river Oker as its site and conceptual point of departure. As it travels from its source in the Harz mountains, through the city of Braunschweig, to its mouth in the River Aller, the river Oker is not just “flowing water”: it is a complex ecological, political, and urban system, which transforms over time, affecting and being affected by all of its inhabitants (human and more-than-human).
, participants have investigated eight of the many bridges that connect the banks of the Oker in Braunschweig. These bridges, which constitute a central part of the city’s character, have been explored from a variety of different perspectives, spanning between materiality, architecture, ecology, poetics, politics, history, longing, and notions of the future. Through a defined route, that takes the listener from Rosentalbrücke to Ockerbrücke Uferstraße, ÜberBrücken
is experienced as a soundwalk connecting a number of individual site-specific sound works. The listener is invited to walk from bridge to bridge, taking part in the sound works along the way. The works are possible to access through a QR-code and experience in situ
using a smartphone with earphones, as well as online. Each work explores a different perspective, expanding the listener’s experience of the environment through the act of listening.
In this sense, ÜberBrücken
can be understood as a project that extends an invitation to bridge the gaps between the past and the present, nature and culture, art and society, and the visual and the sonic.ÜberBrücken
is part of a longer project extending over the period 2020-2021, whereby the sound art class at HBK, conducted by Åsa Helena Stjerna (representing the Professorship “Sound Art”), explores the river Oker as a site and complex context. The aim of the project is to support participants in developing their own sonic artistic sensibility with(in) the world, based on an understanding of the river as a complex site of sharing. Salomé Voegelin (representing the Professorship “Sound Studies”) also participated as an invited external guest lecturer within Überbrücken
Please keep your distance to others or wear a mouth and nose protection if this is not possible in the area.Avoid crowds and experience the sound walk alone if possible.Please do not touch the bridges as we cannot ensure that the bridge has been disinfected.