Audio text, loop 8’34“, installation freight container, 2012
Text spoken by: Susanne-Marie Wrage
Text recording and mastering: Marcel Vaid, Studio LIFT
A travelling audioplay for various settings
[…] She says that her fear and anger grew when she saw how the young woman at the pass control put a pink paper into her passport. She wanted a white paper. No, she wanted a white paper. And no, she says, she really was not in the mood. I just finally wanted to enter this country. This country where the house is, which I was so determined to find. The house, which I know by heart, but have never seen. […]
Extract from the audio text
In this audio work, Nicole Biermaier reinterprets the self-conducted interview with a woman, who tried to enter the home country of her parents to search for the house which represents home for her. By means of spoken text, she reproduces her memories of the narrations of this woman. In the audio text, a house stands for a universal topic. It generally stands for origin or affilation of an individual. The detailled description about the comfort of the home works as a contrast to the gloomy undertone of the conversation. But exactly these two opposite poles define the need and thus the accompanying search for the homeland. The Container R486 on Lagerstrasse 98 in the district 4 of Zurich serves the audio work as space that does not have a clear location. A space which is located anywhere and may also be testimony of homelessness and isolation. The container and its empty interior serve as a stage and temporarily become a component of this auditive staging in which an inner world blends with the form of an interrogation.