My City is a Hungry Ghost

Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier

In an installation comprised of four screens and four hundred tiny speakers, Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier will be broadcasting and receiving his own radio transmission from within the Library Artspace. Poet and RRR radio presenter, Alicia Sometimes, will open the exhibition.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Library Artspace in Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 27 September 2012 to Saturday 20 October 2012
Launch Thursday 27 September 2012, 6pm-8pm

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Published by The Library Artspace on Tuesday 11 September 2012.
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Jan Hendrik Brüggemeiers’ artistic interests lay in sound art and spaces for communication in the city. He holds an MFA in Media Arts & Design from the Bauhaus University Weimar, where he graduated from the chair for Experimental Radio. He relocated from London, where he worked for the AA School of Architecture, to take on his Creative PhD at the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University in Melbourne where he now resides.

The inspiration for the work was Italo Calvino’s novel, ‘The Invisible Cities’, in which Marco Polo notes observations of a city called ‘Melania’ as part of his travel reports for Emperor Kublai Khan:

‘Melania’s population renews itself: the participants in the dialogue die one by one and meanwhile those who will take their place are born, some in one role, some in another. When one changes role…, there is a series of changes, until all the roles have been reassigned; but meanwhile the angry old man goes on replying to the witty maidservant, the usurer never ceases following the disinherited youth, the nurse consoles the stepdaughter, even if none of them keeps the same eyes and voice he had in the previous scene.’ (Calvino 1974)

With My City is a Hungry Ghost Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier
re-contextualises Calvino’s description of Melania and explores wider communicative affairs in the contemporary city. He looks at the gaps between the connection and break down of communication considering the fundamental drives that constitute our attempts to bridge our inner life with the external world.

This installation work is part of his Creative PhD in Media Arts “From Sound to Waves to Territories” at the Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University, in which he is investigating the phenomena of contemporary sound and communication practice in the city.

Jan’s website is found here:
Link to exhibition page