49 invited artists will create brief audio plays of seven times seven perspectives. What the eye sees is acoustically over-inscribed or countered. For “five minutes of fame,” this soundtrack becomes an event for a theater piece without actors, a live sound film or a readymade picture for an audio play. Everything that takes place during the five minutes before the window becomes a part of the track.
The audience can experience the tracks in three ways.:
Single Track: Intervention with Opening Hours
The truck remains in a single place and opens its doors every ten minutes to a spontaneous audience like a gallery or an art space. After a brief trailer on the video screen, the screen opens for five minutes and the soundtrack begins. What had just been a normal street intersection is rendered strange behind the glass. Residents see their neighborhood and their neighbors in new ways through the window. Passersby zoom through the frame to a strange place. This first opportunity of experiencing the five-minute-staging is free of charge.
Album: Tour of Seven Tracks
In the evening, a tour begins at a central parking lot. One after another, stops are made at the seven locations of an album. In each place, the screen is opened and the city’s piece begins. After five minutes, the journey continues. Between stations the city passes by as a road movie, forming a site-specific sound composition as if the Ruhr region were the scene of a film that played out directly behind the screen. Between stations, the screen is closed and shows faces of people from the Ruhr Region.
The Compilation: audio-visual Installation
The filmmakers Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken have accompanied the project. The resulting films have now been brought together in a video installation at the Kohlenmischanlage Zollverein. The stories and perspectives are edited together into a compilation on seven screens, thus removing the separation of locations in time and space. Visitors find themselves in an audio-visual landscape which becomes a composite artistic image of the Ruhr region.