KviKvi, Galerie Barbara Weiss, 2015


4-channel video/sound installation, HD, 8:50 min loop, colour


The Icelandic landscape at the foot of the Eyjafjallajökull vulcano, responsible for the near standstill of European aviation in 2010, as well as a 100-year old, brick-built pool built into the rock, form the stage for KviKvi, 2014. Ten women singing together in a choir left their daily routine behind for a week in July 2014 to develop a project together with the artists Heike Baranowsky and Ursula Rogg, and choirmaster Gróa Hreinsdottir. The only predetermined detail was that there would be singing, and the singing would take place within the pool. KviKvi, a traditional Icelandic lullaby, served as the point of departure and as the basis for a range of improvisations in movements and singing which took place during those seven days. Collage-like performance and vocals coalesce with the nature and open into Baranowsky´s extensive, 4-channel video installation.
This singing runs like a thread through the entire piece. Humming and different singing exercises gradually accrue to a musical canon during the course of the film, created by Baranowsky by superimposing and shifting two soundtracks. Finally, the sound unifies in a cacophony. (Sophia von Westerholt)


Contributors Volker Gläser, Thomas Meier, Titus Maderlechner und Ursula Rogg
Kindly supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg


Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin
March 7 – April 25, 2015