care
steel, wood, gypsum
dimensions variable
2016 
untitled
ink on paper
4,7 x 6,3 inch
2015 

photographs: Sophia Purbasari 

DR. CATHERINE NICHOLS 

Absence

Fritjof Mangerich is interested in the absence of objects. He is drawn to the behind, the inside, the underneath of things, looking for ways to sound and sense the stored traces of what has been present, and of what is present - atmospheres and ambiences such as the voices of a tuned chamber.

This interest presented itself precisely in the architectural intervention, wich he inscribed into a temporarily abandoned house in Brunswick, Germany in 2016 under the title „eine andere Stimme“. Alike Rachel Whiteread, who with her groundbreaking sculpture „ghost“ (1990) mummified the inside of a house waiting for demolition in London, Fritjof Mangerich fathomed and preserved the nature of a likewise abandoned single family home. 

Through fife major funnel-shaped structures, wich replaced the windows of five rooms, he transmitted their air, their atmosphere and their ability to resonate to the outside as sound waves. These were generated through an archetypal acoustic probe: In each of those five selected chambers he clapped loud and clear with his hands, recorded that sonic incident in real time and reproduced it electronically as a sample. When impulse and impulse response merge, the characteristics of that particular room become accessible. 

Like a big organism the buildings structure begann to articulate itself, and to turn itself inside out. Those, at the same hollow and loaded, at the same time silent and talking inner chambers of a former home, were brought into conversation with their immediate surrounding, with the city and with the spectator. 

JOHN HEJDUK 

Sentences on the House and Other Sentences 
The breath of a house is the sound of the voices within.
[...]
A house is only afraid of gods, fire, wind, and silence.
[...]
A house is born, lives, and dies and is named house.
The house gains immortality when it becomes only a thought that
ceases to exist.
[...]
The house can hear death by it‘s total silence.
[...]
Deaths dimension is one. 

eine andere Stimme
gypsum, ply wood (birch), modelling stands,
steel rope, speaker, wire, amplifier, WAV-Player, various

2016 

Pippelweg
38118 Braunschweig, Germany
in situ

photographs: Sophia Hamann 

untitled (voice)
graphite on paper 3,5 x 5 inch
2015 
Hejduk, John. Such Places as Memory Poems 1953 - 1996.
The MIT Press, Cambridge/London, 1998. 
dusk piece
paraffin wax, vaseline, acrylic,
glycerin, hydroxyethylcellulose,
hydantoin, sodium hydroxide,
water, Tatonka© Baikal 70 trekking
backpack, Osprey© custom molda-
ble hip belt and harness shoulder straps.
dimensions variable
2019 
photographs: Jana Schulz and Fritjof Mangerich 
ERNĂ– GOLDFINGER 
The Art of Enclosing Space 
A particle is snatched from space, rhythmically modulated
by membranes dividing it from surrounding chaos: that is
Architecture.
There is other enclosed space, not modulated, not rhythmic,
but that is not Architecture. 

Neuroschuppen
petroleum jelly, paraffin wax,
Zellan©, transducer, wire,
amplifier, computer, various
2018 
Mariendorfer Hafensteg
12107 Berlin, Germany
in situ 
photographs: Fritjof Mangerich 
Goldfinger, Ernö. The Art of Enclosing Space, Architectural Review,
London, 1942/1942. In: Emanuel, Muriel. Contemporary Architects,
The Macmillan Press Limited, London/Basingstoke, 1980. 

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