Inside out

Sound installation  in three parts  in the public space of Bucharest City. September, 14th – 24th 2017

Idea, Concept: Antje Vowinckel
sound: strada postei, strada francesa: Antje Vowinckel; St. Anton’s place: Maria Balabas
technical design: strada postei, strada francesa: Georg Werner; St. Anton’s place: Michail Balabas

commissioned by Goethe-Institut




In three places (Strada Postei, Strada Franzesa and St. Anton’s place) sound is irritating the passengers in a way, that they change their perception of everyday surrounding. Sounds is speaking about the inner architecture of space, be it sounds of the material, be it thoughts of the inhabitants.

Many places in Bucharest are marked by pop-music coming from commercial places like restaurants, warehouses. In contrast public parks seem to be places of private relaxation, but even there, in many areas pop-music from little kiosks can be heard.
The idea of Inside out is to evoke thoughts about public space, to play with possibilities of sound architecture and to encourage passengers to reconquer their public space in a conscious and active way.

Strada Postei/ rain gutters




In Strada Postei about fifteen rain gutters end about 10-20 cm above the earth. They remind of organ pipes, installed upside down, but they are mute. For a week the gutters will be provided with little speakers and mp3 players inside the pipes. You will hear dripping sounds that seem to come from water falling down in the gutters. They build a musical composition based on different timings and resonances.

Strada Franzesă: interactive ruin

At the metal fence 5 interactive sensors are installed. They react on people passing by close to the fence and play sounds that stem from the stones and other material on the ruin ground.  Each sensor activates a different sound. People who are interested can go back and forth or use hands and foot playing their own „composition“.