Pools of Memories
Gelsenkirchen, 2002

In the centre of a room of blue filtered daylight is placed a green illuminated transparent water bed (which was especially designed for this exhibition). The installation can be experienced with several senses (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and the sense of equilibrium). Especially for the exhibition a perfumer created the smell of water, which is being brought into the room through an olfactory object.

When entering the room a sea of voices and drops of water are heard. Through each movement of the visitor on the bed - waves are being created. Nine loudspeakers are located in a circular form surrounding the bed - voices are heard in different languages. The voices together with the sound of electronically processed sound of drops at different levels of pitch and loudness create a musical composition. The deep drops can be felt with the body as vibration through the bed while the individual voices and memories can be understood only near the loudspeakers.

The interviews which I made on the theme of water and memory were for example the memory of a woman from Tasmania, who as a child almost drowned while swimming in a lake of dark - opaque water. Or the story of a Korean man, who talks about the flooding of his basement apartment in Seoul through the Hun river and the following blue mold, which covered everything.

Pools of Memories