Installation, 2013/14 Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau audiotext, loop 10min. Wooden table, 3 white garden chairs, 70 white curtains, 2 spotlights Text: fictional interview / dialogue, Text spoken by: Susanne-Marie Wrage, Text recording and mastering: Marcel Vaid, Studio LIFT
A travelling audioplay for various settings:
[…] 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. She finally wanted to enter this country of which she knows almost every corner but has never been in it. She tells me that she really was not in the mood to explain the security agent why her father went away from this place and went to the other country where she was born.[…]
Extract from the audioplay
Nicole Biermaier uses spoken text for a space-consuming installation in the Aargauer Kunsthaus in order to illustrate the topics of power, violence and manipulation dominating her work. The artist reinterpreted the self-conducted interview with a Palestinian woman. She reproduces her memories of the story the woman told who tried to enter the country of origin of her parents. In the audio text, a house represents a universal topic. Detached from the context of the Israel Palestine conflict, it generally stands for an individual’s origin or belonging. The detailled descriptions of the protection of the home are contrasts to the gloomy undertone of the conversation. But exactly these two opposite poles define the need and the search for a homeland associated with it. Visitors find themselves in a stage-like installation. Meanwhile, the installation in the Aargauer Kunsthaus serves as a space that does not have a clear location. A space that could be anywhere and in which the form of an interrogation blends with a staging of an inner world.
Text by Nicole Biermaier 2013 adapted from the original by Susanne König 2011