THE SOUND OF THE SUN an Exhibition by Eva Müller on Cockatoo Island / Sydney – 09. Sept. – 04. Oct. 2010

The Sound of the Sun
Dreamscapes II/1
The Sound of the Sun
Dreamscapes II/2
Whiffs of Walls and Words
Heracles.2.or.the.Hydra
The Sound of the Sun
The Sound of the Sun

The Sound of the Sun
is a series of nine installations inspired by the texts of Heiner Müller (East-German writer, 1929-1995) that search for ‘the gap, the other, the stutter, the hole, the ERROR’ in our system called life. The original texts provide the bare materials for artist Eva Müller’s exploration of the relationship between [...]

Dreamscapes II/1
Dreamscapes II/1

Dreamscapes II/1
Sound installation, single channel, tape deck, megaphone – duration 05’11 min
Original text by Heiner Müller:
Traumtext (1995) / Dreamtext (1995)
(English translation by Eva Müller)

Voice: Dana Miltins
About the work:
Müller’s aspiration was to achieve the quality of dreams in his writing: ‘I was always interested in the narrative structure of dreams, the seamlessness, the abrogation of causal [...]

The Sound of the Sun
The Sound of the Sun

Mixed media installation
Inspired by a note on a manuscript by Heiner Müller:
“the sound of the sun
the sound of the sun
the sound of the sun”
About the work:
During my research about Heiner Müller I stumbled across three handwritten lines scrib­bled on a manuscript archived in the Heiner Müller archive in Berlin. These lines imme­diately caught my attention: [...]

Dreamscapes II/2
Dreamscapes II/2

Dreamscapes II/2
5-channel sound installation – duration 73’36 min
Original text by Heiner Müller:
Traumtext (1995) / Dreamtext (1995)
Piano: Eva Müller
About the work:
Müller’s aspiration was to achieve the quality of dreams in his writing: ‘I was always interested in the narrative structure of dreams, the seamlessness, the abrogation of causal coher­ence. The contrasts create acceleration. The whole effort [...]

OPENING NIGHT: Sept.9
OPENING NIGHT: Sept.9

The opening of the double-bill ‘The Sound of the Sun’ and the A.R.P. exhibition (Resident Artists Program on Cockatoo Island) took place on Sept.9.
Thanks for coming!
The line up:
A short Live Performance ‘Soundwaves on Fire’
with Dan Spielman & Nadine Helmi
and ‘The Fire Tubes’ by Keith Chidzey.
Afterwards a guided tour through the exhibition spaces of The Sound [...]

Landscapes on Hold
Landscapes on Hold

Mixed media installation, 4 sound channels, 2 video channels – duration 23’32 min
Loosely inspired by a Heiner Müller quote:
“…And walk further into the landscape
that has no other work than to
wait for the disappearance of man…”
Recording location (sound and video):
Fowlers Gap, UNSW Arid Zone Research Station, NSW outback (120km north of Broken Hill)
About the work:
Landscapes frequently [...]

Whiffs of Walls and Words
Whiffs of Walls and Words

16-channel sound installation – duration: 07’25 min
Original texts by Heiner Müller:
Der Reisende Shakespeare / Shakespeare the tourist
Traumwald / Dream Forrest
Das leere Treppenhaus / The empty staircase
Mit der Wiederkehr der Farbe… / With the recurrenc of colour…
…Und gehe weiter in die Landschaft / …And go further into the landscape
Voices:
Gertraud Ingeborg, Waltraud Köttler, Dana Miltins, [...]

Heracles.2.or.the.Hydra
Heracles.2.or.the.Hydra

Single channel sound installation – duration: 9’20 min
Original text by Heiner Müller:
‘Herakles 2 oder die Hydra’ / ‘Heracles 2 or the Hydra’
(English translation by Eva Müller)
Voice:
Dan Spielman
About the work:
Heracles 2 or the Hydra is a fragment or a so-called ‘intermedium’ that Heiner Müller inserted in his theatre play Cement. It is his
adaptation of the Greek [...]

The WhiteNoiseAngelWordScream
The WhiteNoiseAngelWordScream

4-channel sound installation – duration 13’44 min
Original texts by Heiner Müller:
Der Engel der Verzweiflung / The Angel of Despair
Der glücklose Engel / The luckless Angel
Der glücklose Engel 2 / The luckless Angel 2
Voices:
Gertraud Ingeborg, Waltraud Köttler, Dana Miltins
As choir: Martin Greil, Harald Kräuter
Saxophone: Harald Kräuter

About the work:
Angels are a recurring theme in Heiner Müller’s oeuvre. [...]

The Earphonic Play – a theatre in the head
The Earphonic Play - a theatre in the head

Stereo sound installation for headphones – duration: 20’47 min
Original texts by Heiner Müller (partly in excerpts):
Das Gefühl des Scheiterns / The Feeling of Failure
Ich sitze auf einem Balkon / I sit on a balcony
Bankrott eines großen Sargverkäufers / Bankruptcy of a big coffin seller
Voices:
Gertraud Ingeborg, Harald Kräuter, Dana Miltins, Dan Spielman
As choir: Kate Davis, [...]