© 2019 Salomé Voegelin

Mollin + Voegelin

Since 2008 Salomé Voegelin and David Mollin have developed a collaborative practice with words, things and sounds. Their work has a conceptual basis, establishing through texts, voices, sounds and images, conversations and reconfigurations of relationships and realities. Their artistic engagement focuses on invisible connections, transient behaviour and unseen rituals. It re-considers socio-political, architectural and aesthetic actualities and sites through the possibilities of an ephemeral sound, whose invisible mobility invites a semantic inhabiting and brings a participatory engagement to installative and performance based works.

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Selected Works

Kleefeld – Klangfeld

Mollin+Voegelin have been awarded the commission to design and realise a site-specific work for a new replacement build of a primary school in Bern Kleefeld, Switzerland, 2016

 

For this ‘Kunst und Bau’/ ‘Art and Architecture’ commission, rather than producing sculptural objectsto be placed within the new build, Mollin+Voegelin are working with the mobile and invisible dimension of sound to bring a different awareness to the site and the architecture, and to make audible the temporary and passing nature of place: how it is inhabited and used by the local community, a very multicultural and mainly immigrant and refugee neighbourhood. 

The regeneration of urban areas necessarily involves the removal of the old. This entails the removal of visible buildings and elements, but it also includes the removal of the invisible traces built up over the years through the living

experience of local residents within those buildings. 

 

A lived-in sense of the environment will have developed its own subliminal timbre, a lived-in texture, which will be removed by an imposed new form upon the local populace. 

 

The engagement with the building through its sound and the making of sound within it and on its site will provide a sense of authorship, and gives the community a stake in the process of their own regeneration while also facilitating ownership and participation.

Mollin+Voegelin have conceptualised a technological infrastructure and will curate a programme of sonic interventions that enables the exploration and transformation of the superstructure of the environment, understood as the architectural, technological and ideological construction of the site, through sound and sonic activities. 

 

The project will activate, intervene in and expand the physical architecture through artist led community based sonic interventions: accentuating, and adding interactions with the sound of the building, its users and its environs, in order to bring the invisible elements - voices, music, everyday sounds, the recess bell, cars, planes, birds, church bells, etc., - that create the social identity and influence notions belonging into play, and allow the neighbourhood to add their own voice to its design. 

         

Sound Art as Public Art: commissioned by the Kunstkredit Kommission Bern and the Hochbau Amt der Stadt Bern to produce a site-specific work for the new rebuild of a Primary School in Kleefeld, Bern, Switzerland, December 2016 (CHF175’000) 

 

The project will involve interventions by Gilles Aubrey, AGF Antye Greie aka poemproducer, Rahel Kraft, Jan Schacher and Cathy von Eck

They Own The Night

By Mollin + Voegelin

A radio composition for Dokumenta 14, in collaboration with Silvia Ploner and Nicolas Perret YNK #10 on 27 June 2017 

 

Broadcast on: UKW 103.0 MHz in Berlin, UKW 90.4 MHz in Kassel, SW 15560 kHz Berlin, Athens, Kassel. 

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The Glad Circle

By Mollin + Voegelin

 

A radio compositions for Dokumenta 14

Broadcast #17 Saout Africa(s) July 2017 

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Exhibition text

The way I walked the cars went backwards

By Mollin + Voegelin

 

Exhibited at Aurality and Environment, Fase 6,

Tabacalera Promoción del Arte 

Madrid, Spain, December 2017 - February 2018.

The way I walked the cars went backwards engages the internal volume of the site through interviews and conversations with the communications officers who manage the visitor experience, answer questions about work and guide them through the exhibitions.

This work included a co-authored essay, Overlapping Environments Made by Moving through Buildings and Paragraphs in a book publication.

Vocal Site Report

By Mollin + Voegelin

 

Exhibited at Aurality and Environment, Fase 6,

Tabacalera Promoción del Arte 

Madrid, Spain, December 2017 - February 2018.

Vocal Site Report engages the site at the intersections and interactions with its external environment as it is delineated by the external walls that circumnavigate it.

This work included a co-authored essay, Overlapping Environments Made by Moving through Buildings and Paragraphs in a book publication.

A Cartography of Knuckles and Fingertips

By Mollin + Voegelin

 

Exhibited at Interferenze, a collateral event of Manifesta 12, in Palermo, Italy, November 2018. Also exhibited in The Manifesto of Rural Futurism, at Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, Melbourne, Australia, July - October 2019, curated by Daniela d’Artielli, Leandro Pisano and Philip Samartzis.

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