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Art Space Sound
An enhanced art encounter
(Nadja Fernandes/ Barbara Schachtner)
What distinguishes Kolumba, the Art Museum of the Archbishopric of Cologne, in particular is its unusual architecture and its equally unusual presentation of artworks. Both aspects offer the visitor to the museum an unforgettable experience of the galleries and the items on display. It follows that neither the space nor the exhibits can be appreciated through language alone. Barbara Schachtner and Nadja Fernandes enable interested groups of visitors to broaden their encounter with art in a playful artistic way, through movement and use of their own voice. All the participants need to bring with them is curiosity and the desire to investigate Kolumba in an experimental manner while taking advantage of free associations. The collective sharing of an appreciation of the space along with tonal interpretations can enhance not only one’s perception of art but also of oneself in relation to others. Encounters lasting about 90 minutes are designed for groups of a maximum of 5 participants and take place out of regular opening hours. After a brief introduction to the institution and the project the engagement with the museum environment begins. The group leaders offer prompts aimed at heightening awareness of space, sound, light, colour and proportion. Then the participants are encouraged to develop their own ideas and to interpret their observations using their own body and voice. The options can be put into practice as desired and discussed collectively at the end of the session.
Nadja Fernandes is involved in diverse cultural projects in Cologne as a freelance graphic designer. She studied at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences and did her degree in art therapy/social art. Barbara Schachtner is a professional soprano singer and a lecturer in presentation techniques. She has been living in Cologne since 2009 as a freelance singer, taking part in varying capacities in several different ensembles.
Sessions can be booked by appointment for a maximum of 5 participants (flat-rate € 100). Booking by telephone from Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 12 am (0221-933193-32).