January 14, 2018 - Jewish Museum Berlin - Mischa Kuball: res•o•nant
January 14, 2018

Jewish Museum Berlin

Photo: Ladislav Zajac/Archiv Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018.

Mischa Kuball

Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9-14
10969 Berlin

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The Jewish Museum Berlin is exhibiting res·o·nant—a walk-through light and sound installation by conceptual artist Mischa Kuball. Kuball created the installation specially for the new exhibition space on the lower ground floor of the Libeskind building.

Covering a total floor space of more than 350 square meters, res·o·nant incorporates two of the five voids that perforate the museum building. These symbolically laden empty spaces form the starting point for the artist’s work, which refers to the materiality, effect and signification of the voids. Museum visitors will thus have the opportunity to re-discover these two voids, which have become something of a Museum trademark since the opening of the Museum in 2001.

In these rooms with 24-meter-high ceilings, rotating projectors cast light fields in the shape of the outline of the voids onto walls and ceiling. By means of rotating mirror elements and stroboscopic light impulses, there arises, in the words of the artist, a "resonance between architecture and skin."

As an important element of the installation, several loudspeakers, distributed throughout the room, loop a series of 60-second-long sound clips—so-called skits—which were composed specially for res·o·nant by more than 50 musicians. 

From now through the summer of 2019, various interventions are also planned in several popular outdoor spaces throughout the city of Berlin. Besides performances and concerts, the outlines of the Museum voids will also be projected onto public spaces; and the physical borders of the Museum thus blurred or displaced.


Open call

With the opening of res·o·nant on November 16, we started an open call for all musicians to submit additional Skits to the installation. Due to the overwhelming interest we extended the deadline for entries to February 18, 2018.

The contributing musicians so far include:

John Zorn / Roedelius / Jürgen Paape / Stabil Elite / Kreidler / Thomas Fehlmann / Heiner Goebbels / Frank Bretschneider / Emmanuel Witzthum / Monika Werkstatt (AGF, Barbara Morgenstern, Beate Bartel, Danielle de Picciotto, Gudrun Gut, Islaja, Lucrecia Dalt, Pilocka Krach, Sonae) / Ihor Holubizky / Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator / Pamela Z / Dee C’rell / Michael Scheibenreiter / Eberhard Kranemann / Andrew Pekler / Robert Kolinsky / Florian Bocksrucker / Alessandro Gaia / Karl Felix Bionek / Marlon T.L. Fink / Thomas Klein / Lucas Croon / Kobermann aka Johannes Piller / Hans W Koch / Axel Heilhecker / Zafraan Ensemble / Minou Oram / BAR / Kurt Hentschläger / Odysseas Klissouras & Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos / Ascion / Alma Quartet / Michele Pedrazzi / Florian Scheibein / Söhnlein Brilliant / Alex Wirth / XAMBUCA / Yejin Gil / Tim Schumacher aka DJ Normal 4 / Midori Hirano / Anja Penner / Luis Negron / Opera Factory Freiburg & Holst-Sinfonietta / Ross Downes / Cass. aka Niklas Rehme-Schlüter / Michal Zietara / Krzysztof Honowski / Hans Nieswandt / Ali Chakav 

The chosen entries will be looped in the installation and form a continuous part of the exhibition. Visitors will have access to the authors’ names, track titles, and other information concerning the various pieces of music included in the exhibition. Participating artists will also be listed on the website of the Jewish Museum and in a publication to accompany the whole project, which we plan to release in the course of 2018. 

The recordings are to be submitted for inclusion in the installation without compensation, and will be played exclusively during the run of res·o·nant in the Jewish Museum Berlin or in advertisements for the installation, e.g., through our media partners.

For technical specifications please check here.

For an explanation of the uploading process, we request that you send us an e-mail at resonant [​at​] jmberlin.de.

The installation was created specifically for the new exhibition space in the Rafael Roth Gallery. Photo: Ladislav Zajac/Archiv Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017.

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