magdalena hill

mixed media Child's Play I 2011 I Vienna Austria


Child's Play

audio-visual installation (8-channel sound work – 8.30 min loop) by Gary Hill

photo montage of children/gargoyles
by Magdalena Hill

voices: Clara Amanda Campman, Yamna Krasny, Hannah Scheucher, Yona Schuh, Yaron Schuh, Caspar Quint White


A handful of children invisibly present, apart from the eight speakers installed in the TONSPUR_passage – modern day aquivalents of grotesques, exchange rhetorical questions, colloquial word play and idomatic expression, seemingly doing so in the spirit of banter. We can imagine the walkthrough as an initiation or “rite of passage” concocted by the mischievous group. With the children’s voices coming from different directions, it becomes difficult to avoid the realiszation that one might be the subject of conversation. The passerby sense the disire to connect, perhaps even interrupt, lightly agitate, wake up or even enlighten their passing presence … or, will we simply be ships passing in the night? — Gary Hill

Vienna passage