/lauschen

The Audible Space – Listening

The series ‚The Audible Space‘ deals with listening. More precisely, it deals with ‚Lauschen‘ which is a German term for a specific form of listening that implies attention and concentration.

The central material of this group of work is the gourd. I chose the gourd because of its form and the meaning it has in some cultures. In China, where I lived for some time, Taoism regards the gourd as a symbol for the connection between macro- and microcosm.

My work refers to this background. In addition, it broadens it since I don’t keep the gourd’s form as a whole but cut it up in order to put it back together in a new shape.

Thus, the bulgy form of the gourd functions as a funnel that collects sounds, amplifies them and sends them into the inner space to the person listening. 

© 2013 by Anja Eichler