Commissioned for the opening of the Kranich Museum in Hessenburg, Germany, Faltungen (Im Westen nichts Neues) tells the story of the folding of one thousand paper cranes. This is folded together with the story of the wish that the cranes are meant to fulfill, which is in turn folded around the story of a bad translation that leads a woman to leave Japan for Germany to become a translator herself. Tying these strands together is All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), the American film adaptation of the German anti-war novel set in World War I, which was the first film to employ the free-floating camera perspective which in English is called the ‘Crane Shot’, a pun which does not translate. All this is itself folded together in sound, which appears and vanishes unexpectedly as the listener moves throughout the museum.

Faltungen (Im Westen nichts Neues)

multi-channel sound installation

stereo audio preview