(No)Space is an installation developed for the project Seven Spaces initiated by designer and performance artist Charlotte Triebus at Köln International School of Design. Students created individual approaches in order to transform music tracks of the CD production “Seven Spaces“ by sound engineer Patrick Leuchter into spatial installations and thereby new contextualization. The special feature of the album is that it has been recorded with binaural recording technique. Binaural recording is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged with the intent to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the performers or instruments. Binaural recording creates a realistic spatial impression via headphone replay. The installations of the exhibition “Seven Spaces“ now highlighted the innumerous possibilities of how features and dimensions of this particular binaural sound can be interpreted. The two- and three-dimensional visualizations reflected the temporal and spatial course of the acoustic movements and opened up a dialogue between sound, structure, line, surface, and space.

What is Space? Putting on earphones you will not just listen to a song, but also to the spatial sound of the location where it was recorded.

Therefore your auditory perception of space will differ from the room you are in, while listening to this track. This space is the dimension of sound. The installation completely dissolves all common characteristics of a human build room, like floors, walls or windows. Also its perspective appearance, that we use for orientation, is obsolete, so that you find yourself standing in a dimensionless “nonspace”. Based on this “nonspace”, we defined abstract visual sensations heading for a non tangible space, that is supporting the listening experience. A dimension that directly refers to the music and its spatial recording, capturing its movement, placed in focus of the scenery – the emotional space.

My task was to create the animation which is harmoniously synchronised with the binaural track Done and gone to underline and capture the musical emotion and space. Jakob Kilian was responsible for the whole construction of the room. Together we conceptualized how to place the optical illusion of the hologram within this room. The final work was presented in an exhibition.

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