Part of the group exhibition Kollaborativ Denken und Handeln
Christine Katscher / Pirmin Hagen / Severin Hagen /Sandra Rau / Patrick Steffen
Haus zur Glocke, Steckborn CH (2020)
Åletanken (Danish: 'The Eel Tank') is a sound piece playing from three mobile sculptures in the shape of backpacks, the content of which eludes us the we listen carefully.
The piece is a net of translation acts based on a text written by Svaneborg years ago in an attempt to capture (and retain) scattered childhood memories from encounters with a former milk tank used for keeping eels in her grandparent's barn. The text was fed into a digital "text to speech reader" program upon entering "wrong" language settings, in order to subsequently learn to imitate the computer-generated and linguistically falsified audio pieces and finally record them again. The childhood memory – in itself distorted, incomplete, fragmentary, difficult to grasp – is linguistisized, then with the help of a program "translated" by imitating not the content, but only the form and tongue of the foreign language, to then again be appropriated by the artist.
The work is an exercise in staying in the middle of the translating act. In the space that exists while meaning is transferred from one expression or awareness to another - and exploring what happens here.