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  [URBAN MUSIC. Dietmar Offenhuber / TAMTAM]

Ovalhalle / MQ Wien Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Wien

Medienturm SHOWS 09
SPEECH: Vrääth Öhner
Architecture influences all sounds we hear. Urban architecture is a sound box, it shapes a space, wherein the range of sounds which surround us is resounded and reflected. The video STADTMUSIK (“Urban Music”) by the media artist Dietmar Offenhuber and the Berlin formation TAMTAM (Sam Auinger / Hannes Strobl) discusses sound in cities by analysing sound structures which are triggered by urban buildings and facilities. They focus on the aspect of movement in the city, which reinforces a dynamic experience of the urban soundscape. Subject of the video is not a “natural” perception, but a perception put in motion, and therefore implicitly the history of an epochal transformation of the experience of space and time, the moving perception having become self-evident part of the natural one at its temporary ending: particular sounds emerge through movement, sound and its timbre evolves from material and space.

Vrääth Oehner, Dietmar Offenhuber, tamtam

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Dietmar Offenhuber, Stadtmusik, 2005. video. Courtesy Edition Medienturm, Graz