Tilman Küntzel

The Sounding of the Meridian Crossing at the Entarctic Shelf
shortwave radios, long antenna, parabolic speaker
prelature garden

Entarctic Shelf Festival: 23 June – 3 July, 1995


“This installation has been designed for a monastery in Plasy. Different wave ranges of two VHF (very high frequency) receivers, equipped with horizontal long-wire antennas. The nave of a former chapel -which had just been restored - was an ideal place to put up the long-wire antennas. Two small parabolic mirrors reflected the sounds they received through a set of small loudspeakers on the front wall and on the back wall of the chapel. The installation was in operation for 24 hours during the festival. Because of the shifts in the wave ranges, the sound was constantly changing. The diffusely spreading sounds were inviting spectators to wander around in the chapel directly underneath the long-wire antennas which were installed in the shape of the cross in a height of 8 meters.”

Tilman Küntzel, 1995

Tilman Küntzel (1959) lives and works in Berlin and Lüneburg. Education: 1985 – 1992 Study of fine arts at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. 1992 – 1994 Study of systematic musicology at the Universität Hamburg. 1993 German Academic Exchange Service grant Auf den Spuren von Harry Partch (Revisiting Harry Partch) with Alan Kaprow at the Visual Art Department of the University of California in San Diego, California, USA. 2004 Initiator of the project Stare über Berlin – Aesthetic Analogies of Birdsong with symposia, exhibitions, and a concert series.

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