Unheimlich Heimlich 5.1 Surround Sound Installation — 6 Minutes, 2016. Amplifier, 5 speakers, seat
An installation that uses sound to create a temporary illusion of space. It explores a fragile understanding of homeliness, a concept that is ordinarily associated with a feeling of security and comfort. Even though a home provides safety and isolation, the outside world eerily seeps in through windows, doors and walls.
This piece was inspired by Sigmund Freud’s Essay “The Uncanny”, in which he plays on the etymology of the German word “Unheimlich”, literally meaning “un-homely”, and claims that the feeling of the uncanny finds its origin not in what we find horrifying, but rather in the distortion of the familiar, of what we associate with our homes.