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Published on Feb 13, 2007
The project »Energie_Passagen« reproduces the linguistic space of the city in form of a data flow. Hundreds of catchwords taken from current newspaper reports appear in a projected »information flow« and are spoken by artificial computer voices. As soon as passers-by select individual words, thematically related networks of terms start to perform in this flow, which can also be experienced as an audiovisual echo. The text is thus detached from its linear context and staged as a medial reading in urban space. During 4 weeks all actions and the choices of newspaper -- what was reported? -- and people -- what was of interest? -- were measured. People choose most often terms like Preis (cost), Eltern (parents), Opfer (victim), Liebe (love), Essen (food), Mädchen (girl) while the newspaper was reporting mostly about Prozent (percent), Jahre (years), Deutschland (Germany), Millionen (millions), Menschen (people), München (Munic). On the geografical map one could see who in the world is of interest and in contact with the city. Another result was that the newspaper focussed on economy and politics and reported not much about culture and even less about education. Also the influence of economy on politics and vice versa can be detected from the storaged statistical data. See the Archive: http://energie-passagen.de/webinstall...
The installation »Energie_Passagen« was shown for the first time from October 28th to November 29th, 2004 at "Salvatorplatz" in Munich. It is a project of the City Munich, Kulturreferat & the artists within the exhibition serie »Ortstermine 2004 -- art in public space«. »Energie_Passagen« incorporated in Munich the local daily newspaper »Sueddeutsche Zeitung«.
Artists / Authors: Monika Fleischmann, Wolfgang Strauss