Trace investigates the coexistence and possible interplays between natural and urban structures and sounds. It is based on fieldwork at the train station Potsdam Griebnitzsee.
The interior of a train station, built at the beginning of the 20th century, becomes every year in spring a place of swallows’ hatching. The height of the main hall and structure of the ceiling provides nesting sites for swallows and defines the acoustics of the hall. Every year swallows rebuild a pattern of organic structures between concrete geometrical forms. The sound of birds reverberates in the space, at the same time revealing its acoustic features.
Installation planned at the station during Autumn months when the birds’ nests are empty. It is a sonic structure of recordings made in the location during the Springtime and of sounds recalling signals of trains and the station’s communication system. An interplay of urban and nature’s soundings evolve into the quadraphonic piece.