Imagine there was no roof

david helbich

Intro-active sound meditations

Imagine there was no roof invites visitors to brief sound meditations while standing on the rugs.

The meditations emphasize imaginative listening by evoking inner sounds. Imagining, as much as remembering and anticipating, are all listening spaces adjacent to acoustics.

The series is taken from the artist’s installation concept House of Ear, in which he creates spatial installations from an ever-growing growing collection of pieces and formats. Each of which plays in its own way on the imaginary and concrete spaces of listening and hearing. 

For this, the experience of sound is regarded as that of a movement: a back and forth, between the inner and outer spaces of our body, from the opposite wall, through our spiral shaped ear directly into the brain, and into the last corners of thought. And back.

While we hear sound, while sound swirls around us, we think it too. Somewhat analytically, yet also quite creatively: we think our hearing into existence. This physical and cognitive intrinsic element of the acoustic experience is the departure point and the source of the aesthetic results in the works.

© David Helbich
© David Helbich

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David Helbich (BE)

Born in 1973 in Berlin/Bremen (DE), lives and works in Brussels (BE) since 2002.

David Helbich is a composer, sound-, installation- and performance artist, as well as a photographer and teacher, who creates a diverse range of experimental and conceptual works for the stage, paper and online media and in public space. His trajectory moves between representational and interactive works, pieces and interventions, between conceptual work and actions. Many of his works address concrete physical and social experiences. A recurrent interest is the direct work with a self-performing audience.

Crédits & mentions

Production CHRONIQUES.

Other versions have been presented at the D Museum/Daelim Cultural Foundation, Seoul (Soundmuseum, 2020-21) and Basis, Frankfurt (We
can be Heroes, 2021).