Digital Bottle Messenger

September/October/November 2017
Fluid Public Space
1012 AB Amsterdam (NL)
9821 AB Leeuwarden (NL)
Ruhr/Promenadenweg · 45219 Essen-Kettwig (D)
Volksgartenweiher/Volksgartenstraße · 50677 Köln (D)

Rochus Aust (Köln/D) · Musc/Trumpet/Klangkoffer
Han Halewijn (Arnhem/NL) · Video/Editing
Andrea Voets (Amsterdam/NL) · Harp

In RESONATING SUITCASE, Cologne composer and sound artist Rochus Aust used his klangkoffer to give mini-concerts for his neighbours, a group of diverse nationalities. Having asked them for unique gifts of sound in return, some of these were subjected to a colonial-harmonic analysis in SUITCASE RESONANCE and then embedded in a symphonic composition for Electrophonic Orchestra, together with organ, accordion and Arabic song.

In SUITCASED SOUVENIR, the final symphonic material acts as the point of departure. The composition – with its inherent neighbourly diversity – is broken up into digital fragments and fed back into the klangkoffer. With this and further analogue and digital equipment and instruments, artists Marc de Vos (Tielrode/B), Han Halewijn (Arnhem/NL) and Rochus Aust (Cologne/D) will set off on a tour through North Rhine-Westphalia, the Netherlands and Belgium. On their journey, they will visit ten public spaces looking for people who just happen to be there (neighbours in the widest sense), who are willing to act as a “medium” and, with the help of the artists, send video souvenirs created on the spot to third parties.

The souvenir consisted of a postal notification, an original QR code in the shape of a watercolour painting (which obviously was of low machine readability) and a personal link which allowed the recipient to access his digital video souvenir.

This is the principle underlying SWIMMING SUITCASE – Digital Messenger in a Bottle. The artists cruise through all the channels and waterways of Leeuwarden (NL) and only disembark in order to create short video souvenirs with people on neighbouring boats or those of a more landlocked disposition. These recordings are uploaded onto individual USB sticks, placed into bottles sealed with glowing LED stoppers and then “sent out” as bottle messages to their inadvertent recipients.