Six times a day, a Talgo train is being shunted along the full
length of the Wriezener Freiraum, transforming the green space
into a large funnel, washing away all background sounds, blocking
the view on the post-industrial architecture of the surroundings.
These trains scream the park strip back to what it once was: a
marshaling yard of Wriezener Bahnhof. The sound produced by the
train and the track is overwhelming, varying from soft whispering
to loud squealing and heavy rumbling. The last train leaving at
18.30 will have 12 singers that when the train comes to a halt
in the park will sing the sound produced by the train. After that
we invited the residents of the Helsingforser Strasse to comment
by screaming out of their window either three time bravo or three
time boohoo. By manipulating the rails with small kerfs and welds
and acoustically amplifying its sound, the acoustic potential
of the train and the rail network is being explored. Check pictures from the exhibition on 4th and 5th of July 2008 here.