“Felder”, Shedhalle Tübingen, 2003, with Richard Spaeth (sound)

A ‘field’ in physics is a phenomenon linked with a particular physical state of space, which is described by one or more functions on coordinates and also of time – called order of magnitude or field functions. Richard Spaeth and Kurt Laurenz Theinert work with orders of magnitude in sound and light. White, dot-like sources of light are distributed about the room. A specific functional relationship between the duration of their light and the frequency of impulses generates a visual field. Within a given timespan two separate visual events are perceived as one. The functions of duration and frequency are arranged in the installation so that perception oscillates about this threshold. Through the spatial distribution of light sources, the light impulses seem to leap into the field and diffuse the built space. If the frequency of oscillation of pure tones matches their natural frequency of vibration, resonance is created. It is a phenomenon in its own right that forms between tones. Resonance generates a field in space that is structured by audible field lines. If several tones are attuned to one another, their resonances overlap and make the field dense. The individual tones recede into the background. The field acquires a palpably sculptural character. The sound-light fields by Richard Spaeth and Kurt Laurenz Theinert are turbulent conditions that refer to nothing and have no meaning.