Collaborative Intervention, Sound installation, 2019
This sound installation was held as a part of the ACHT 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.
‘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. Jeesoo Hong recorded noises inside private houses and between floors and spread the sound installation through the inside and outside of the church.
Inside the church
Ten white boxes with a drawn ear on the top are placed throughout the church. In these boxes, people can hear small noises coming from daily life in privacy. Visitors can find the boxes, take them in hand, and hold them to the ear. They can also move them and replace them freely. Through this gesture, the sounds become close and intimate objects for each individual to listen to.
Outside the church
There is a public backyard, and 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 the recorded noises 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 together in this outdoor space.