Single Channel Video and Stereo Sound (6 minutes)
On Site Assistance from Yuske Taninaka
Costume Development from Tanja Bombach
Funded by Musikfonds e.V. STIP-II
May 2022 - October 2022
Ghost of Aural Trauma (G.O.A.T.)
G.O.A.T. is a confrontation between a visitor and an architecture of war whose friction produces echoes from its past.
The project emerges from research into the unique architectural typology known as "Winkelturme", an above ground vertical air raid shelter invented by German designer Leo Winkel leading up to WWII.
The spire-like geometry of the Winkelturme wasinvented to deflect bombs dropped by enemy air raids, preventing them from immediate detonation.
Today at least 60 of these towers remain standing throughout Germany, producing extraordinary urban conditions.
During the initial safety tests in 1936, goats were placed inside the towers to understand whether an explosion would prove safe for future human inhabitants.
While the goats appeared to be unharmed, it was discovered that the shock wave produced within the tower had deafened them.
A film was produced which depicts a figure engaging with some of the towers that still stand today in Zossen—other bodies begin to appear throughout the town and, eventually, on the towers themselves.