excerpt from ORF Documentation about Ars Electronica 1990 showing the project "Garden of Time-Dreaming" by Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger
BRUCE ODLAND / SAM AUINGER
GARDEN OF TIME-DREAMING
At this point in time, with borders falling, roles reversing, technology exploding, nature beseiged, human understanding overwhelmed, frailties exposed - we stand asking the same question Kepler asked. Can man find a harmonious way to live in the cosmos?
Garden of Time-Dreaming
Yes, but what is it?
A personal cosmology of time space and dreaming, dedicated to the life and work of Johannes Kepler and the people and history of Linz.
A meditative space where the visitor explores and finds his own path through geometries of sound, suggestions of orbits of planets, shifting sound environments, and big-screen sound movies.
Time ... sounds are programmed to change from dawn to night time from moon to moon and from spring to fall so the installation grows like a true garden.
Alchemy, Science, what next?
Notes from a Time-Dreamer
In the process of developing the initial idea into "Garden of Time-Dreaming" we had many life experiences which were included into the work. From the start we decided that the perspective must be from personal experience judged in relationship to nature. So we went to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico to visit the site of the Anasazi Ancient city. These people lived in the type of "Harmonica Mundi" where all the important events of their lives were related to the motions of the sun, moon and heavens, and the cities they left behind offer ample evidence. Recordings made at this time such as "Sunne", and "Narrend Mond³, have completely different feelings of time and space than recordings made in New York and Europe. We came back determined to make the "Garten der Zeiträume" both a round-world project, and one that reflected a personal view on time and space.