In a world dominated by visual stimuli, just listening can be a haven of tranquility. The Sound Park — located in Kepler’s Gardens at the Campus of the JKU — offers the chance to relax and engage in active listening processes. Visitors are invited to close their eyes or observe the clouds passing by while attending to the rustling of the leaves in the wind, permeated by the vibrations of the silenced bells of Notre Dame, transmitted live into the park. Bill Fontana’s Silent Echoes installation makes the bells’ vibrations audible, which they continue to emit when not actively ringing, in response to their environment. The city soundscape rendered by the re-construction of Notre Dame can be experienced by festival audiences.
The installation The Eternal Return by the Peruvian artist Cristhian Avila connects us with the past through pre-Columbian instruments that are played by the wind. Depending on the local wind, the twelve instruments (chimú whistling bottles, bone flutes, antaras nazca) connect us to ancestorial knowledge,inviting visitors to listen to sounds that come from a remote time-space. The work seeks to uncover uncommon layers of information that feed from wind energy, a hidden force of nature, the dimensions and importance of which we do not usually realize. The sound spectrum of the park transports us to the Antarctica through the work Antarctic Resolution by Giulia Foscari and UNLESS, the winner of the STARTS Prize. The alarming soundscape of Antarctic ice cracking is amplified in a huge container that shakes and moves and brings those live threatening consequences of the climate crisis into the center of the festival. Through this work, we are reminded that the effects of human life on this planet cannot be ignored, not even for one second.
The huge lawn between Kepler Hall and the pond is dedicated to the work μ by the Danish artist Christian Skjødt Hasselstrøm. 49 distributed particle detectors amplify the energy of muons, cosmic rays that enter the magnetic field of our earth and, while splitting, they emit mildly radioactive elements.
On Friday, September 9th, the Sound Park is taken over by the Bruckner Orchestra and transformed into a Garden for Chamber Music. The musicians wander together with the audiences, between the pieces, styles and epochs; they play under the open sky, in the sound-spaces of the impressive architecture of the JKU and under the mighty trees of the park, creating unique opportunities for extraordinary encounters.
Giulia Foscari (IT), UNLESS
Grand Prize – Developed as a transnational and multidisciplinary collective effort, Antarctic Resolution was launched on occasion of the bicentenary of the first recorded human landing on the continent in the format of a 1000-page volume published by Lars Müller Publishers and authored by the 150 leading world Antarctic experts. The encyclopedic publication focuses on the continent’s unparalleled scientific potential, contemporary geopolitical significance, and extreme inhabitation model.
Jobbuffet – about working and providing work
AMS (AT), Ars Electronica (AT)
In cooperation with the AMS — Arbeitsmarktservice (Public Employment Service), we are addressing a paradox in European labor markets that affects virtually every industry: that while jobs are available, the standards and demands of employees have reconfigured and changed.
Music for Chamber Gardens – Chamber Music Paths through Kepler’s Gardens
The Bruckner Orchestra (AT) / Norbert Trawöger (AT)
Individual ensembles and soloists of the Bruckner Orchestra, together with Norbert Trawöger, their artistic director, have put together a three-hour program that transforms the Kepler’s Garden into the “Chamber Gardens of Music.”
Listening through the Dead Zones
Jana Winderen (NO)
Listening Through the Dead Zones is a sonic contemplation of the disruptive impact of human activities on subaqueous environments.
Shota Yamauchi (JP)
By personifying technology as a gorilla wearing a human’s skin, and by synchronizing it with the movements of the performer who faces it, this work aims to open up a new perspective on the relationship between people and technology. It asks just what it is that exists before our eyes or beside us, in an age where technology is a medium for many forms of communication.
Christian Skjødt Hasselstrøm (DK)
Die Installation µ fungiert als kosmische Live-Lauschstation, die dazu einlädt, ein Gitter aus 49 Teilchendetektoren zu betreten und die (ständige) Anwesenheit von Myonen, die Teil der kosmischen Strahlung sind, die weit unter die Erdoberfläche reicht, akustisch zu erleben.
Silent Echoes: Notre Dame
Bill Fontana (US)
Notre Dame has been described as the soul of Paris. As a result of the tragic fire in 2019, its bells have fallen silent. However, these bells were not damaged in the fire and are silently waiting and secretly “listening” to the sounds of Paris around Notre Dame.