July 16, 2017

Eine Performance für die Seele (A performance for the soul)

It's one of my favorite spots in Kassel, outside documenta as well: Kunsthochschule Kassel (the School of Fine Arts and Design).

During documenta the Research Laboratory for Experimental Building hosts an acoustic performance by Diego Jascalevich in Gernot Minke's earth dome: Earth - Sound - Space: Adobe Dome.
The Research Laboratory for Experimental Building at Kunsthochschule Kassel
The earth dome, built in 1992, is made of handmade, unfired adobe bricks following a new technique without framework developed in this research laboratory. It has a hight of 5 meters and a diameter of 7 meters.
Earth Dome, University of Kassel, 1992
When you enter the dome a relaxing silence welcomes you. Music coming from the top of the dome puts you in a dreaming, relaxed, meditative mode. Sounds you make are being heard very clear, though not very loud, but still a little unusual. It's best to sit there, when there are not so many people around (what could be hard during documenta, but I managed), even though it is fun to look on people's reactions :)

I call it a performance for the soul.

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