Mapping the Depth

Berlin, Germany
Composition for a 16 channel site-specific sound installation
Duration: 3'40''

CLB Berlin, building house on Moritzplatz, 10969 Berlin.
Navigating Berlin. Perspectives on Cartography
Chapter 1: Snapshots & Transitions
Curated by Lisa Gordon
Opening: 30.11.2019, 19.00.
Opening hours: 03.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

‘Overlooking the gardens, the differences between habitual (daily, therefore linked to night and day) rhythms blur; they seem to disappear into a sculptural immobility…… But look at those trees, those lawns and those groves. To your eyes they situate themselves in a permanence, in a spatial simultaneity, in a coexistence. But look harder and longer. This simultaneity, up to a certain point, is only apparent: a surface, a spectacle. Go deeper, dig beneath the surface, listen attentively instead of simply looking, of reflecting the effects of a mirror. You thus perceive that each plant, each tree, has its rhythm, made up of several: the trees, the flowers, the seeds ad fruits, each have their time…. Continue and you will see this garden and the objects (which are in no way things) polyrhythmically, or if you prefer symphonically.'
Henri Lefebvre, “seen from the window”
p.31, "Rhythmanalysis: space, time and everyday life"

Every straight line we see could be distorted on a closer scale. We experience maps in a different dimension in contemporary life, with two fingers we can zoom in on maps easily. This composition uses field recordings from further to closer scale of Berlin to chart the multi rhythms of mundane life into deeper layers.


Maps are no longer still-life geographic portraits. Along with the habit of zooming in on 2D screens, we experience the depth of mapping. Layers of a city present itself as we see stiff lines starting to crook, distort and transform into dynamics. Diverse livings appear and traces of life unfold. In which, multiple scales of time and space exist simultaneously. Maps become an up-to-date archive of everyday life.

To present the effect of zoom in sonically in this piece, sounds are changing scale in terms of time and space. I collected field recording of different corners of Berlin, and compose them in a way of sound collage. Space-wise, starting from wider soundscape, it gets narrower and the focus shifts to urban, then to beings' voice. Until the microsound that we can not easily hear like ice cracking, underwater bubbles, plants bloom. Clips merge into each other with speed changes, to create the stretch of time-scale.


16 loudspeakers are arranged in the gallery following the frequency range of each and the given visual plan of the exhibition. For example, surface-transducers are attached on the façade facing the passersby on Oranienstraße. They transduce sound from the gallery to the street, extend the exhibition to public space, and break the hard border in-between. Six coaxial speakers are hanged around both sides of the wall, to create two fluid rooms in one.

The position of the exhibition wall creates circulation. The sequence of different speakers guides visitors to roam through the shower of 16 streams. Each journey is unique. While no path is identical, every visitor is as well composing their particular experience.

Navigating Berlin

A never before publicly shown private collection of historical maps and plans of the city Berlin. The private collection of Berlin city maps belongs to Michael Müller and contains examples dating from 1700s to the present day. The 3-part exhibition series examines the city through its cartographic representation, focusing on the maps’ historical narratives, aesthetic depictions and the socio-political dimensions they illustrate or even influence.
Six contemporary artists engage with the specific themes of each exhibition, creating new dialogues with the maps on display.
Berlin Sound Transitions - DISS Collective

Berlin Sound Transitions is a site-specific work, consisting of a 16-channel system distributed in the gallery space that is presented in the form of sound collages, acoustic cartographies and compositions that engage with the existing acoustic properties of the room. A collective set up of individual aural perspectives creates a variety of sonic dimensions in dialogue with the cartographies exhibited.
DISSS is a collective formed by the MA Sound Studies supervised by Daisuke Ishida. Featuring the works of Jonathan Bruns, Nico Daleman, Yun-Chu Liang, Oskar J. Mayböck, Enrika Myskovskaja, Samuel Perea-Díaz and Francis Sosta.