Zorka Wollny is developing a soundscape for Zeche Hannover, in which the influx of people looking for work from “all over Europe” is metaphorically taken up as a “flow of energy”. The Polish artist deals with the influences of European labor migration on the Ruhr region with a special focus on Polish-German life in the German state of NRW. The Malakow Tower of Zeche Hannover becomes a space-consuming sound installation that transforms voices from different communities in Bochum into a physically palpable listening experience.
From the middle of the 19th century, thousands of people from various parts of Europe moved to the Ruhr region and found employment in heavy industry, for example, at the Hanover mine. The workforce at that time consisted largely of Polish, Belgian, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, and Portuguese workers. The artist works with residents and newcomers from Bochum. In doing so, she illuminates the collective fears and visions that relate to ecological and economic transformation processes.
Zorka Wollny (PL/GER)
Steven McEvoy (IRL/DK)/ Bátor Tóth (HU/DE)
Anastasia Osoianu (MD/GER) – voice/ Bidisha Das (IND/GER) – electronic instruments/ voice/ Gîvara Efrîn (SYR/GER) – Saz, voice/ Mohamad Tamem (SYR/GER) – darbuka, flute, accordion/ Ralf Lambrecht (Bed/Ruhristan Medine) – tuba, sousaphone, trombone/ Shevan Tamo (SYR/GER) – guitar/ Su Dönmez (TR/GER) – voice / electronic- and bass guitar
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