PASS ON (WEITERSAGEN)
Sound installation in public space alleys of Völksen, Hannover, Germany / Choir concert (2022)
Five oversized Whispering Bag of Metal, Spoons, Wire Rope, Six Horn Speaker, Cord, Light Berrier, Waveplayer 8, Six Active Speaker in the Church of St.John
For her sound installation PASS ON, Anna Schimkat uses the narrow historical footpaths that run through the town, which are also known as "Gatzen". They lead away from the streets along the backs of buildings,past private gardens and meadow orchards and shorten the distances to kindergarten, school and St.John‘s Church,connect the supermarket and the old smithy. Children are brought and picked up again, dogs are taken for a walk, shopping is done and church is attended - always on the same footpaths over a distance of 2 km. In her installation she illuminates the aspect of information transfer through and in the Gatzen. What can already be heard, what do you experience, what is told and what can be made to sound? Five red whispering bags stand as sculptures in the alleys and refer to the creation of publicity and the dissemination of information from one place.
Human voices can be heard through six horn loudspeakers on a fence in the Gatzen, with each loudspeaker being assigned a different voice. The voices come from the Augusta Choir from Völksen, who played "Stille Post" (chinese whispers). What is said changes from speaker to speaker, just as in the game. The texts used for the sound installation come from reviews from Google Maps of the local supermarket. The relocation of the supermarket from the center of the village to the "green field" is being discussed. A third component of the sound installation is created with the help of spoons, which hang in rows above the heads of passers-by in the Gatzen like wind chimes.
A third component of the sound installation is created with the help of spoons, which hang in rows above the heads of passers-by in the Gatzen like wind chimes.
The Choir of the Leibniz Universität Hannover under the direction of Tabea Fischle and the artistic direction of Anna Schimkat created a live choir performance as a walk through the village.