• BIO & WORK •
1. “Winterreise Apparat (Cold Wind Has Bitten My Flowers)”
A glass encased loudspeaker playing a recording of Schubert’s song cycle, Winter Journey (1827), becomes covered with ice over the course of several weeks. A Peltier element, by polarizing the temperatures on each of its faces, cools the isolated space inside the glass dome. Slowly growing ice crystals chill the speaker’s membrane into completely muted dormancy.
In Schubert’s Winter Journey a man is moving toward the frozen paralysis of his death, dreaming briefly of a spring and a warm love that will never come. In seeing ice crystals appearing like flowers on his window pane, he wonders when the bleak world outside might turn green again.
The end of a single man’s journey, written as though anticipating Schubert’s own end that coming year, parallels the same immobilization on universal scale: the ultimate heat death of a continuously expanding space whose loss of energy ends in an empty frozen stasis.
2. “Ping Pong”
In Ping Pong, a pair of loudspeakers are installed along facing
If one extreme is the icy stiffening of a degenerative universe, its polarity is the explosive heat of (re)generation. This is what we find down the passage, as well as the flip side of the Winterreise Apparat’s Peltier element. The games people play together with their burning expenditure of energy. Perhaps it is the playful youth of the
Elen Flügge (*1986)