WHEN TIMES RING

Sound installation
Wasserturm, Zurich
Address: Badweg 10, 8001-CH

From 6 October to 17 November 2023, the installation When Times Ring resonates daily from the Wasserturm in Zurich. Oriented towards the sonification of time and the use of sound as a vehicle of information, the artist Hannah Weinberger transforms the Wasserturm into a temporary bell tower. At every hour – from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – the sound announces the passing of time through the song of birds that might be rooted in the global south and never heard in our forests. Like a cuocou, the sound is spread through megaphones and merged with the public space, even reaching the nearby Old Botanical Garden, behind whose beauty lies one of man's symbolically colonialist actions.
While the work naturally integrated itself into the location, a closer examination reveals that the experienced sounds are, at best, entirely displaced. This piece served as an invitation, encouraging not only the absorption of auditory stimuli and diverse temporal perspectives but also the interrogation of our approach to time. It beckons us to enter a dialogue, continually reassessing and negotiating the fundamental themes and democratic values that underscore our society.

The sound installation is curated by Zaira Oram [Francesca Ceccherini, Eleonora Stassi]

bio

Hannah Weinberger's artistic journey has been marked by a continuous exploration of immersive experiential realms. Graduating from the Zurich University of the Arts in 2013 with a Master of Fine Arts, specializing in Media Arts, Weinberger's practice spans various forms, from associatively enriched sound and video installations that blend across multiple channels to orchestrated live musical performances aimed at collaborative, process-oriented, and open-ended art production. Drawing from an ever-expanding archive of sound and visual materials, Weinberger crafts intricate sound and video collages. Her repository comprises pre-fabricated sound elements from online databases, digital audio programs, studio recordings, and personal field recordings—a visual diary of her journeys captured through a digital lens. The artist adeptly translates the moods evoked by her works into scores, guiding musicians in free improvisation, which seamlessly merge with site-specific live performances featuring her bespoke soundtracks. A constant underpinning of Hannah Weinberger's practice is her resonance with the environment, fostering a subtle yet resonating rupture with the familiar modes of perception. From 2011 to 2013, Weinberger co-organized the Elaine project space in the courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Art Basel. She initiated the Hidden Bar at Art Basel (2018,2019) and the Basel Social Club that just held its second Edition in Basel last June. Early in her artistic trajectory, she presented her works extensively in solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.

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