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What to do with needless cubes of concrete?

An interactive sound installation in the Peter-Behrens-Halle of the TU Berlin (Technical University).

 

Once procured and used for the protection of experimenters, today they are obsolete and, besides, predominantly in the way.

They are too valuable to dispose them and are linked with the hope of being reused one day for a similar project. They are transported from one corner to another according to the required space of the running projects.  Always with the biggest available crane. Always with tiresome expenditure.

 

Now for the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (long night of sciences) a team of employees and students of the Department for Solid Construction in intensive cooporation with the media artist Wolfram Lakaszus  transformed the three space troublemakers into music instruments.

Of course the short term of the Lange Nacht didn't manage on making many aspirants virtuoso "concrete cubers". Therefore, inspite of unexpectedly many talents, the witnesses of the spectacle perceived the three cubes sometimes as sound troublemakers during the extensive practise phases.

Besides, the instruments were exceedingly sensitive.  With many "concrete cubers" the aura - at least, however, gentle stroking - already was enough to draw pretty sounds out of the respective tube.

context

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Berlin 2015

colleagues involved

Michael Hecker, Christoph Hilleringmann, Alexander Hückler, Philipp Reiter, Willfried Walkowiak
Technische Universität Berlin
Chair of Conceptual and structural Design
Prof. Dr. sc. techn. Mike Schlaich
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25
13355 Berlin