Blick auf die Bewegung

Sound by Thomas Gerwin (PC, code, sensor, video projector, active speakers, raw egg), 2008

The installation “Blick auf die Bewegung” (peek at the movement) is an interactive photo album. By using a raw egg it is possible to interact with a computer generated projection and sound.

A program permanently generates pattern and structures. It looks like a curtain that covers all the photos that are shown on the projection screen. In front of the screen is raw egg placed on an stand. This egg can now be used like a trackball. The visitor can clear the picture by carefully handle the egg until the photo is visible. Simultaneous the sound gets clear and you can hear a sampled version of “Lilli Marleen” by Lale Andersen. When the egg is no longer used new pattern grow again and blur the photos and the sound.

All images are photos from 1936. The pictures and the typing were made by an Austrian Nazi. It was intended as a propaganda book for the forbidden nationalist party. He made all photos when he went on a round-trip to Germany. On the images you can see typical and important places for the Nazis like: “Thingstätten”, “Wache am Rein”, Adolf Hitler square in Berlin, memorials of Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm I., “Braune Haus” in Munich (NSDAP party headquarters), “Heldenfriedhof” and even a photo of the German “Reichsautobahn”.


The Installation was shown among others at:
2012 “Crash of Test“ Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany
2009 “Tiefklang” Internationales Klangkunstfest, Berlin, Germany
2008 “Strictly Berlin” in der Galerie der Künste, Berlin, Germany




Wolfgang Spahn is a visual & sound artist based in Berlin. His work includes interactive installations, performances of light & sound and miniature-slide-paintings. His art explores the field of analogue and digital media and focuses on both their contradiction and their correlation.



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