A gust of wind ... laughter ... masts ringing ... rustling leaves ... steps on the jetty, a conversation in a foreign language ... masts ringing, wind noise ... the ferry boat slowly passes ...
The Viennese sound artist Thomas Grill spent his residency by the Kunstsammlung of the province of Upper Austria in August 2017 at Villa Stonborough-Wittgenstein in Gmunden. The tower of the nearby lake castle Orth watches over the Traunsee, picturesquely situated and a popular tourist destination. The room behind the clock tower has windows that can be opened in the four cardinal directions, also admitting four different sound characteristics: from the bustling footbridge of the castle, from the marina, from the side of the castle courtyard and from the open lake.
Inspired by the recommendation of Joseph Beuys from 1964 to raise the Berlin Wall by 5 cm for the purpose of a „better proportion“, Thomas Grill developed the concept of carefully complementing the original beauty of what is heard with sound material played live over loudspeakers. The original and the imagined interweave, the border becomes indeterminable.
For Kunstradio, Grill invited vocalist Agnes Hvizdalek to the tower room to perform her advanced vocal techniques. The result is an audio report from the shores of Traunsee lake, increased by 5cm.
The project has been developed during an artistic residency at the Atelier des Landes OÖ, maintained by the Kunstsammlung OÖ in Gmunden, Austria and was also supported by the Austrian Federal Chancellery by a production stipend.