Do people leave behind personal emotions in a place? Are they perceptible, measurable, transferable, retrievable? For the three-part series “Songs of the Siren”, Emanuel Mooner explores abandoned sites and their often troubled histories in an interactive project. The artist works with the atmosphere of empty buildings and moves at the boundaries of audibility. Visitors explore abandoned sites, some of which have been dormant for years, piece by piece. The reduction to auditory perception allows participants in this walk-in sculpture to experience sounds, associations and moods in a new way.
The first part of the series “Songs of the Siren, Part I – House of Good Memories” opens in a vacant house at Zehetmeierstraße 2 in Freimann. Emanuel Mooner transforms it into an acoustic environment, alienating individual rooms with audible and visible means, thus creating a very unique world of perception. Video installations also provide the viewer with impressions of children and young people who show how they deal with the legacy of the building in their own way. “House of Good Memories” is just one of many possible titles that could accompany visitors on their exploration of the abandoned house, which will be demolished immediately after this restaging.
Emanuel Mooner, born in 1972 in Munich, lives and works in Munich.