We aim to build a sound sculpture of thousands of recycled harmonicas through a world-wide collective process that will be played by the wind. WINDWALL will be as high as the Berlin Wall used to be, but it will connect people instead of separating them. The process of collecting harmonicas, which is the first phase of the project, is coming to an end. We have received more than 4000 harmonicas so far and we still expect more to come. To celebrate this milestone we organised a work-in-progress event where we presented the 20% of the WINDWALL as well as activated it as part of sound actions. So far we built only a small part of the sound sculpture, on the photos you see one fifth of the final size.
WINDWALL 0.2 | THE PILOT EVENT Sound actions and concerts reflecting on the work-in-progress installation of WINDWALL, a sound sculpture made of thousands of recycled harmonicas Open air public event, no entry fee One fifth of the sound sculpture (WINDWALL 0.2) was presented and activated in various ways by Berlin-based sound artists. This work-in-progress event was accompanied by several concerts at the East Side Gallery.
¡¡¡ During the event we collected broken harmonicas that will be included on WINDWALL together with the name of the contributor !!! Until 31 December you can still contribute to the building of WINDWALL by donating broken harmoncas via post. Please read about the details below the line.
The event was carried out in collaboration with CHB with the support of Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Event photo credit: Barbara Antal
What is this all about?
The power of collective action has no barriers. We aim to build a huge wall of harmonica reed plates by involving as many harmonica players and manufacturers as possible from all over the world. This might become one of the most visible collective move of the whole harmonica community and it could have a powerful positive impact on many others. The energy of such an action is something that we always need, but especially during these critical times. Windwall is a sound statue through which the wind blows and makes sounds. I have been upcycling broken harmonica reed plates for a decade. In 2015 I built the Disharmonika out of hundred harmonicas, which became my main musical instrument. Inspired by the structure of the Disharmonika, I set about building a wall of harmonicas together with the world's harmonica community in cooperation with Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, with the support of the Berlin Senat (Hauptstadtkulturfonds) in collaboration with harmonica producers such as Hohner, Seydel and Lee Oskar Harmonicas. Further partners of this project include East Side Gallery / Stiftung Berliner Mauer, Field Notes and ag-prop. The sound sculpture is being built in Collegium Hungaricum Berlin.
You can also become part of this collective action if you have a broken harmonica reed-plate to donate.
What you need to know in case you wish to contribute:
We will cover the postal expenses. Your name will be engraved in the sound statue - of course, only if you agree with it. Deadline is extended to 31 December, 2021. If you know that your are willing to participate, we kindly ask you to get in touch with us as soon as possible - even without being ready to send the reed plates -, so that we can have an overview of the number of offers received from each country. Primarily we collect diatonic harmonicas, but other types are also very welcome. All brands are accepted. Due to the complexity of the worldwide logistic process first we register your data (e.g.: country, approximate weight of the package) and after some organisational procedure we will get back to you with the info about the shipment. For WINDWALL we will use only the reed plates and optionally the screws, but we happily adopt all parts of the harmonicas, therefore you can send them to us as they are. We will find a way to recycle/upcyle the other parts too. We will send you updates if you wish, but you can follow the process either on this webpage or on the facebook page we created for this collective action: WINDWALL FACEBOOK PAGE.
We hope you will join us to create together the wall of harmony. Thank you!