A Light and Sound Installation by Mischa Kuball at the Jewish Museum Berlin

Exhibition res.o.nant

The Jewish Museum Berlin ist exhibiting res·o·nant – a walk-through light and sound installation by the Düsseldorf conceptual artist Mischa Kuball. Kuball created the installation specially for the new exhibition space on the lower ground floor of the Libeskind building.

until summer 2019
Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus

Libeskind Building, lower level, Rafael Roth Gallery

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Covering a total floor space of more than 350 square meters, res·o·nant incorporates two of the five vertical voids that perforate the Museum building. These symbolically laden empty spaces form the starting point for the artist’s work, which refers to the materiality, effect and signification of the voids. Museum visitors will thus have the opportunity to re-discover these two voids, which have become something of a Museum trademark since the opening of the Museum in 2001.

In these rooms with 24-meter-high ceilings, rotating projectors cast light fields in the form of the outline of the voids onto walls and ceiling. By means of rotating mirror elements and stroboscopic light impulses, there arises, in the words of the artist, a "resonance between architecture and skin."

As an important element of the installation, several loudspeakers, distributed throughout the room, loop a series of 60-second-long sound clips – so-called Skits – which were composed specially for res·o·nant by more than 50 musicians.

From now through the summer of 2019, various interventions are also planned in several popular outdoor spaces throughout the city of Berlin. Besides performances and concerts, the outlines of the Museum voids will also be projected onto public spaces; and the physical borders of the Museum thus blurred or displaced.

Light illuminates the left side of the room in red, on the right you see the grey of the walls

Rotating projectors cast light fields onto walls and ceiling; photo: Ladislav Zajac/Archiv Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

A light floods the room with blueish-purple light

Rotating mirror elements and stroboscopic light impulses flood the rooms with light; photo: Ladislav Zajac/Archiv Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Open Call

With the opening of res·o·nant on 16 November, we are making an open call for all musicians to submit additional Skits to the installation. The deadline for entries is 18 February 2018.

The contributing musicians include:

John Zorn / Roedelius / Jürgen Paape / Stabil Elite / Kreidler / Thomas Fehlmann / Heiner Goebbels / Frank Bretschneider / Emmanuel Witzthum / Monika Werkstatt (AGF, Barbara Morgenstern, Beate Bartel, Danielle de Picciotto, Gudrun Gut, Islaja, Lucrecia Dalt, Pilocka Krach, Sonae) / Ihor Holubizky / Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator / Pamela Z / Dee C’rell / Michael Scheibenreiter / Eberhard Kranemann / Andrew Pekler / Robert Kolinsky / Florian Bocksrucker / Alessandro Gaia / Karl Felix Bionek / Marlon T.L. Fink / Thomas Klein / Lucas Croon / Kobermann aka Johannes Piller / Hans W Koch / Axel Heilhecker / Zafraan Ensemble / Minou Oram / BAR / Kurt Hentschläger / Odysseas Klissouras & Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos / Ascion / Alma Quartet / Michele Pedrazzi / Florian Scheibein / Söhnlein Brilliant / Alex Wirth / XAMBUCA / Yejin Gil / Tim Schumacher aka DJ Normal 4 / Midori Hirano / Anja Penner / Luis Negron / Opera Factory Freiburg & Holst-Sinfonietta / Ross Downes / Cass. aka Niklas Rehme-Schlüter / Michal Zietara / Krzysztof Honowski / Hans Nieswandt / Ali Chakav / …

A light floods the room with purple light

The installation incorporates two of the five voids; photo: Ladislav Zajac/Archiv Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

The chosen entries will be looped in the installation and form a continuous part of the exhibition. Visitors will have access to the authors’ names, track titles, and other information concerning the various pieces of music included in the exhibition. Participating artists will also be listed on the website of the Jewish Museum and in a publication to accompany the whole project, which we plan to release in the course of 2018.

The recordings are to be submitted for inclusion in the installation without compensation, and will be played exclusively during the run of res·o·nant in the Jewish Museum Berlin or in advertisements for the installation, e.g., through our media partners.

Technical specifications Audio file
wav, mono, 44 kHz, 32 Bit
Information to be provided on the monitor Title
Year of recording
Commentary (maximum of 200 characters)

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A mirror element is illuminated by a light

The installation was created specifically for the new exhibition space in the Rafael Roth Gallery; photo: Ladislav Zajac/Archiv Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Mischa Kuball

Mischa Kuball, born 1959 in Düsseldorf, has worked since 1977 in public and institutional spaces. Using the medium of light, he explores architectural spaces and their social and political discourses. Since 2007, Mischa Kuball has been Professor for Public Art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln), Associate Professor of Media Arts at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung/ZKM, Karlsruhe), and since 2015 a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of North Rhine- Westphalia in Düsseldorf. In January 2016, he was awarded the German Prize for Light Art.

Mischa Kuball

To the artist's website

Portrait of the Artist; photo: Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf/Daniel Biskup, Wittenberg

Exhibition Information at a Glance

  • When

    from 17 November 2017

  • Entry fee

    Included in admission (8 euros, 3 euros reduced)

  • Where

    Libeskind Building, ground level, Rafael Roth Gallery
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Gebäudeplan mit Markierung des Libeskindbaus

Libeskind Building, lower level, Rafael Roth Gallery

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin