Square Peg Round Hole
Where: Chapel at Eichenpark Langenhagen, close to Stadtparkallee 31
‘Square Peg Round Hole’ is a multichannel sound installation which draws on historical and contemporary sources and reflects the resonances and the sonic iconography, of the chapel in the Eichenpark in Langenhagen.
The chapel was a later addition to an asylum, originally founded in 1862, a so-called “Idiot Institution” and the first educational establishment in the kingdom of Hannover for children with a variety of learning disabilities and other conditions. The founding of this institution was part of a widespread change in attitudes towards disabilities and mental illness throughout Europe. Differently abled people were no longer locked up in cages, or believed to be possessed by the devil or seen as replacements for children stolen away by fairies. Instead they began to be viewed as potentially productive members of society. The education they received focused on activating all the senses and developing communication and language alongside useful personal and productive skills such as gardening, animal husbandry and sewing. With the help of sounds from a variety of sources including words from poets Adrienne Rich and Anne Sexton; folklorists the Brothers Grimm, journalist Ulrike Meinhof and French doctor and educationalist Édouard Séguin, ‘Square Peg Round Hole’ moves between local and European contexts and German and English spoken word. It invites the listener to open their senses in the present and to engage with this rich and potent history through sound and space.
Cathy Lane is an artist, composer and academic. She works primarily in sound, combining oral history, archival recordings, spoken word and environmental recordings to investigate histories, environments, our collective and individual memories and the forces that shape them. She is inspired by places or themes which are rooted in every day experience and particularly interested in ‘hidden histories’ and historical amnesia and how this can be investigated from a feminist perspective through the medium of composed sound. She has been collaborating with filmmakers, textile artists and choreographers and presented her kompositions, multi-channel-installations and performances all over the world. Lane has been publishing an extensive amount of Publications , including ‘Playing with Words: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice’ (RGAP, 2008). An anthology of works from forty contemporary sound artists and composers who use words as their material and inspiration. Books with Angus Carlyle include ‘In the Field’ (Uniformbooks, 2013), a collection of interviews with eighteen contemporary sound artists who use field recording in their work and ‘On Listening’ (2013) a collection of commissioned essays about some of the ways in which listening is used in disciplines including anthropology, community activism, bioacoustics, conflict mediation and religious studies, music, ethnomusicology and field recording. Her most recent publication, ‘Sound Arts Now’ has been published by Uniformbooks in March 2021.
Find out more about Cathy Lane on her Website: www.cathylane.co.uk
‘Square Peg Round Hole’ is part of the soundart festival IntraRegionale 2021. Already in 2015, ten cultural Institutions from the region of Hannover have been collaborating for a large-scale Landart-exhibition. The project presented ten works from ten international contemporary artists on ten different sites all across the region. The Kunstverein Langenhagen, with Ursula Schöndeling as director, has been participating with the contribution of the artist Victor López González, who installed his work at the Wietzepark in Langenhagen. In 2021 another cooperation and large-scale exhibition is taking place. This time with a focus on Soundart. Just as in 2015, the artworks created in 2021 will be site-specific.
Find out more about the IntraRegionale, the contributing artist and the venues here: www.intraregionale.org
Opening times: Mi-Fr: 12 noon - 5 pm Sa-So: 2 pm -7 pm
entrance is free
The Programm of the Kunstvereins is supported by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony.