Schall und Rauch

(Noise and Smoke)

Interactive telephone installation

(c) 2012, Laurent Mignonneau & Christa Sommerer


Schall und Rauch Concept

This installation consists of two vintage Bakelite telephones from the 1950ies. They are placed in viewing distance to eachother.

When visitors pick up their telephone receivers, dial a number and talk into their mouthpieces, their voices are transformed into noise that echoes out from the receiver of the other phone.

Additionally, spoken words are also translates into smoke that evaporates from the mouth piece of the other phone. „Schall and Rauch“ is a German proverb for „It is all hollow words“. In the installation „Schall and Rauch“ this proverb is taken literarily and visitors interact via noise and chaotic fume rising up into the air.

Communication through smoke has a long history, it has often been used by native tribes to indicate ones presence, mark important events or to signal danger.

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Schall und Rauch Exhibitions

2012 LABORATORIA Moskow, Art & Science Space( 29th.March.2012 until 1th5 July 7.2012)
Exhibition: "DUST,"
: Daria Parkhomenko, Simon Mraz
Artists: Herwig Weiser, Erwin Wurm, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, Dietmar Offenhuber, Markus Decker, Orkan Telhan, Bartholomäus Traubeck, Kiril Ass und Anna Ratafjewa, Alexej Blinow, Vereinigung "Vverkh", Natalja Egorowa, Darja Krotowa und Sergej Krotow, Maxim Ksuta, Gruppe "Kuda begut sobaki", Anatolij Osmolowskij, Alexandra Paperno, PROVMYZA, Roman Sakin und Olga Wolkowa, Olga Tschernyschowa, Sergej Schutow
ORF article
Moscow, Russia