From the Boiler Room to the Hotel Room

Curtis Swope

in Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199759392
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918911 | DOI:
From the Boiler Room to the Hotel Room

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This chapter traces the relationship of sound to space in Wolfgang Hilbig’s novel, Das Provisorium (The Temporary Solution, 2000), and links close analysis of the text to Hilbig's participation in the 1995 WORTspielRÄUME literary sound installation in Berlin. The chapter shows how Hilbig uses sound in the text to create different but similarly ambiguous images of East Germany and West Germany. Furthermore, the WORTspielRÄUME project serves as a continuation of the critique set out in the book by using sound to draw attention to the modern problems of compromised public spheres and mass alienation.

Keywords: Wolfgang Hilbig; Das Provisorium; East Germany; West Germany; sound; space

Chapter.  7427 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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