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Interactive Museum Installations
Little Garden of Sounds
A fourteen part sound exhibition which ran for one hundred days during documenta 10 & 11
Las Vegas Meditation
In a reversal of the expected casino environs, participants find themselves transported into a non- participatory role.
Geh´doch in die Oberstadt
The stairwell in its entirety is structured as a chromatic scale with different chords predominating at each consecutive level.
Stille - Bell Tower
Room Installation with sound Location: Breitenau Memorial Museum. The second piece within this 4 part sound installation
Acoustic City Maps
Acoustic explorations of urban environments represented by multiple recordings which aim to capture the subjective auditory experience of selected locations at a specific moment in time.
Transit - No. 7
Part of a Cultural Exchange Project between 20 artists from Germany and Eastern Europe in which each artist was allocated in a room within an abandoned 1950's hotel.
The use of Vacuum Tube Radios, acting as spatialised loudspeakers, is of the main Leitmotifs meandering throughout Spyra´s artistic work. The ancient sound of those radios has always fascinated him.
Stille - Dark Cell
Room Installation with sound Location: Breitenau Memorial Museum.
In an inversion of expected antenna function, namely to collect electromagnetic waves and redirect them to a receiver, this work denies that possibility.
Ten part site specific sound Installation. Location: uninhabited apartment, Kassel.
Steel vs. Steel
This piece represents one part of a series of works focusing on' the sonic properties of steel.
Sound installation: steel sheets, sound transducers, composed sound. Various locations including, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel.
In Case of Fire
"In case of fire, stay calm!" This statement is translated into morse code, each dash/dot being replaced by corresponding drum sounds.
Sounds picked up from the immediate environment by a microphone, are relayed via a customized high voltage amplifier to insulated contact plates which form the seat and back of the Chair.
Green House FX
Collaborative project with artists Palka & Miller exploring the relation between sonic art, performative objects and contemporary environmental issues.
Site specific installation located at a 14th century chapel in rural Germany. Both musical composition and sculptural elements were designed to evoke the building's original function as an almshouse.
Kick the Bucket
Collaborative project with artist Adrian Palka in which oil barrels are connected to a computer through contact microphones.
An old reel-to-reel tape recorder and simple table are used as sculptural elements in the third work within the Breitenau series.
Participants are invited to inscribe their earliest memories on the surface of a black metal cabinet, an object chosen for its multiple associations.
This installation investigates the structural aspects of architectural space as dissolved through the fluid qualities of light and sound.
First shown in 1991, the Klangbett forms part of an ongoing series of works which situate the participant in an installation created specifically for the lone listener - a concert for one.
Hommage à Leon Theremin
Following his defection to the West and sub-sequent seizure/imprisonment by the KGB, Leon Theremin, was co-opted by the Russian authorities to work on a series of spying devices.
An adapted grand piano, the strings of which are replaced by magnetic tape and sonic transducers, is surrounded by eight reel-to-reel tape recorders.
Strom - Hommage à Willi Ogan
Hommage a Willi Ogan, was one component of a six part sound intervention, "Strom" which explored the theme of Electric Current.
Interactive Museum Installations