Constanze Ruhm

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blindstorey, 2003

"Blindstorey" tells of cinema, of silence, of memory, and of blindness. The German composer Otto Kränzler developed three contemporary compositions from sampled sound material based on acoustic residues and atmospheric noise, on sonic interstices and voids, on various forms of silence from three films that deal with the theme of blindness in one way or another (Wait Until Dark [USA 1967, Terence Young], Night on Earth [USA 1991, Jim Jarmusch], Until the End of the World [USA 1991, Wim Wenders]).

About the Abbey Library 2021

blindstorey was created for the production series "Made for Admont" - collection "BEYOND SEEING - art connects blind and sighted"

Focus of blindstorey

These compositions serve as auditory maps to trace, record, and recompose the diverse movements of silence, omission, interruption, noise, and atmosphere present in the soundtracks of the selected films. Another focus of "Blindstorey" lies on the Baroque library of the Stift Admont monastery, where seven allegorical trompe-l'oeil ceiling frescoes by the painter Bartolomeo Altomonte from the years 1775/1776 are visible.

The blind French author Claire Bartoli (known for her accompanying text to the release of the soundtrack for Jean-Luc Godard's film "Nouvelle Vague" [France/Italy 1993]) recounts her experience as a blind moviegoer. Seen, remembered, and (re)told visual and auditory fragments permeate seven short texts, which report on light and darkness, memory and projection, and the different sensory experiences of hearing and seeing

Produced in collaboration with: Fareed Armaly and Otto Kränzler Text: Claire Bartoli Virtual modelling: Franz Schubert, 2003