Judith Hamann
Sa, 17/07/2021 - Fr, 30/07/2021
Klangkunst / Sound Art / Longplay (Austellungen, Installationen, überlange Konzertformate)

Trace Constellations

sound on demand

During the course of its making, this piece somehow developed its own logics: primarily, that of an inquiry into what new forms might emerge when something remains without its originary context; without its body or frame, when it slips outside its own temporal scaffolding. It moves towards how we might configure remainders, traces, parts, into a rendering of a new whole, how we might render losses, ghosts, and artefacts into their own dimensions (in terms of measurements, spaces, or dwelling places).

This refers not only to things past, but the reaching for, the tending toward future iterations, or horizons. This courtyard is, in many ways a witness to the slow extinctions/extinguishing of cultural imaginaries in progress, from its past life as a coin mint ‘outside’ of capitalism, to a future jazz centre without Black leadership or local community, without reparations.

This work takes place in an attempt at a sort of blurring; of weather, uncanny layers, days and spaces collapsed then replayed, hallucinations, visions and fragments, glimpses of alternate leaky versions of now.

Using audio material generated by the Raum and Hof themselves in the form of feedback and field recordings, layered with interpretations and contributions undertaken away from the space, this work lives in a porous position, in-between document and fiction.

The Alte Münze courtyard and Judith Hamann haunted each other for a little while, leaving traces to follow in their respective absences. As much of Hamann leaked into this space really, as it in turn leaked into them.

Povinelli asks: what if we reconsider the limits of ourselves, our bodies, how we mark out the edge of us, where we end and the world begins. Humans often think of our skin as one limit, one sort of edge, but she asks us to imagine instead a metaphor of a lung.

In living, we cannot avoid taking in the world, we cannot avoid breathing ourselves back out into it.

  • Judith Hamann: »Trace Constellations« (2021)

‘Trace Constellations’ is a kind of sound installation as slippage, a collapsed, imaginary surface of the sonic life of the Alte Münze courtyard and the interior resonance of Raum on Demand.


  • Bemerkungen zum Ort: raum on demand in der Alten Münze, Am Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin
  • Barrierefreiheit: Sehbehinderung und Blindheit / motorische Einschränkungen / kognitive Einschränkungen