Hear Me -Collaborative Intervention, Sound installation, 2019
This sound installation was held as a part of ACT BRÜCKEN music festival in Cologne 2019. 'Metropolitan polyphony' was this year's theme of this festival and was implemented by students of the Art School for Media in a collaborative intervention. It combines animation, 3D / VR, experimental computer science, and sound with the architecture of the Christ Church. Realized with joint authorship, instead of a neutral exhibition space, the work incorporates the deliberately chosen urban location with its special architectural combination of private apartments, public space, and church into the concept.
The sound installation work, ‘Hear Me’ was inspired by the history and architecture of the Christ church. The nave of the church(das Kirchenschiff) was demolished by the order of the Protestant Church Cologne in February 2014. The church has been reduced in size and to the left and right sides of the tower, built five-story wings replaced with mostly rental apartments and community spaces like a garden and a backyard.
Inside the church
Ten white boxes with a drawn ear on the top, are placed throughout inside the church. In these boxes, people can hear some private noises coming from daily life inside home, which Jeesoo Hong recorded and collected from neighbors’ houses inside these church wings. Visitors can see the boxes, take them in hand, and hold it to the ear. They can also move them and replace them freely. Through this gesture, the sounds become close and intimate for each individual to hear.
Outside the church
Outside the church, there is a public backyard. Six small speakers are hidden in this area. The two of them were attached to the iron tower of this church, and the other four speakers were inside bushes behind the stone benches. The sounds are also the noises recorded in private homes, such as washing dishes, showers, baking pancakes, someone snoring, and opening and closing doors. These daily inner noises surround the small courtyard and can be heard and perceived together in this public space.