It’s one of my favorite spots in Kassel, outside documenta as well: Kunsthochschule Kassel (the School of Fine Arts and Design).
During documenta the Research Laboratory for Experimental Building hosts an acoustic performance by Diego Jascalevich in Gernot Minke’s earth dome: Earth – Sound – Space: Adobe Dome.
|The Research Laboratory for Experimental Building at Kunsthochschule Kassel|
The earth dome, built in 1992, is made of handmade, unfired adobe bricks following a new technique without framework developed in this research laboratory. It has a hight of 5 meters and a diameter of 7 meters.
|Earth Dome, University of Kassel, 1992|
When you enter the dome a relaxing silence welcomes you. Music coming from the top of the dome puts you in a dreaming, relaxed, meditative mode. Sounds you make are being heard very clear, though not very loud, but still a little unusual. It’s best to sit there, when there are not so many people around (what could be hard during documenta, but I managed), even though it is fun to look on people’s reactions 🙂
I call it a performance for the soul.