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Max Neuhaus • Time Piece Stommeln

„I call a group of my sound works Moment or Time Pieces. They are artworks which take the form of communal sound signals. The basic idea of these works, though, is to form the sound signal with a silence rather than a sound.„ (m. n.)

In his Time Piece Stommeln, which adopts a time schedule following the Halakhic hours between sunrise and sunset under Jewish religious law, the sound signal begins inaudibly, swells imperceptibly over the course of several minutes until it stops abruptly and creates a sensation of silence. The sound signal is emitted thirteen times a day, while the interval between the individual signals changes daily, in synch with the sun’s shifting position.

This work lends a voice to the Synagogue, and projects it acoustically into the centre of town. In the context of the Synagogue project, this became the first artwork that remains permanently in Stommeln as art in the public realm, commemorating a Jewish congregation that existed as part of the village community up to the rise of National Socialism.

To inquire about the schedule of the sound installation, subject to daily shifts, please contact the Culture Department of the City of Pulheim.


Time Piece Stommeln is sponsored by
the Prime Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

With the kind support of
Kulturstiftung der Kreissparkasse Köln, Kunststiftung NRW, Landschaftsverband Rheinland, Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland, Provinzial Rheinland, RheinEnergie, WestLotto, EGN Entsorgungsgesellschaft Niederrhein mbH, Remondis.

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