Offene Ventile is an immersive audio-installation in a car, about the life and work of a fictional plumber called Hedi. On an acoustic journey through the city, Hedi talks to his audience about his encounters with customers, his everyday work and the struggles of living in a place where one did not plan to stay for long.
Offene Ventile is an immersive audio-installation in a car about the unplanned and unforeseen. It deals with stories that life writes and that shape our society. The audio-installation tells about people who live in a city, where initially they had not planned to stay for long; it communicates the realisation that all of a sudden you have spent half of your life in a place which was meant to be only a pitstop on your way.
Without the car ever moving an inch, the audience embarks on an approximately 20-minute acoustic journey through the city, accompanying a plumber during his working day. You will get to know the plumber as Hedi, who moved here several years ago, but you will also get to know some of his customers, that cross his way workwise. During your stay in the car, Hedi will tell you stories about the city, its inhabitants but also about himself and his profession.
With Clara’s background in philosophy and game design and Alberta’s background in political sciences, this artwork is influenced by its resonating development process, by the act of listening and by the act of letting yourself be carried away by stories, emotions and thoughts of people you share a city with.
Hedi’s character is eventually a product of an open journey through different stories by different people, which all came together through the lens of Hedi’s rough and honest, but also empathic character.
- Winter Semester 20/21
- Clara Hirschmanner
- Alberta Sinani