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    Soundwalk Ohriversum
Soundscape by Alexander Johannes Heil
        [headphones recommended]


                                                        ST-LAB 2021

I am walking on the beach. The wind swirls around my body. The waves wash the shore, crashing onto the land in an endless phasing repetition, creating an oscillating swell of noise. I encounter a sea shell. I lift it towards my ear – a maze of sound reveals itself to me. We live immersed in a world of sound. However, most of the sounds are filtered out by the shape of our ear.
With this project we want to include ourselves deeply within this world, which extends beyond our daily experience. And thus we began our intuitive search for the relations between the ear, its form, and the resulting sound experience. Eventually, all human ears are built using the same blueprint. Nevertheless, every ear is uniquely shaped like a fingerprint and thus influences our subjective acoustic experience of the world. One could say, that listening beings all together live in their subjective sonic worlds. Therefore, we invented the concept of the Ohriversum (German ‘Ear-verse’) in which the entirety of all listening beings establishes a spatial constellation of these individual worlds. ‘Ohriversum’ takes place as part of the ‘Sensory Threshold LAB’. A group of artists exploring the inaudible dimensions of our reality, forming new collaborations, narratives and metaphors.

concept: Katherina Heil (DE), Alexander Johannes Heil (DE), Rik Möhlmann (NL).
contributing artists: Sarah Rose Guitan Nederlof (ES/NL), Farzané Nouri (IR), Gijsje Heemskerk (NL), Kim David Bots (NL).
© 2022 Katherina Heil