• BIO & WORK •



1. “Winterreise Apparat (Cold Wind Has Bitten My Flowers)”
(Peltier Element, Audio, 2010)

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”
(site specific sound installation in public space, 2012)

In Ping Pong, a pair of loudspeakers are installed along facing
walls of neighboring buildings. In this canal space (a passage leading toward the youth sport center) a game is being played. The hermitic Winterreise Apparat is externalized, the solitude burst. Back and forth impulses are volleyed, caught between the parallel walls until their energy dissipates into the open sky.

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
second installation that leads to the solemnity of the first. The parrying fun of a new love so easily frostbitten by the bitter wind of heartbreak.

Elen Flügge (*1986)



Florian Goeschke, Winterreise Apparat (Cold Wind Has Bitten My Flowers) (2010), sound sculptureFlorian Goeschke, Ping Pong (2012), sound installation
Florian Goeschke, Winterreise Apparat (Cold Wind Has Bitten My Flowers) (2010), sound sculpture

Florian Goeschke, Winterreise Apparat (Cold Wind Has Bitten My Flowers) (2010), sound sculpture

Florian Goeschke, Ping Pong (2012), sound installation

Florian Goeschke, Ping Pong (2012), sound installation