„enlighten“ at Kunsthalle Kühlungsborn was an audiovisual installation by Katrin Bethge (analog light projection) and John Eckhardt (sound) in November 2020.
The immersive environment was created on location and transforms the art space (a former reading hall built in 1910) in synchronicity with its architectural dimensions and acoustics. In addition, the artists reference the unique history of the surrounding town and landscape, notably of the directly adjacent Baltic sea, which have been subjected to a dynamic historical process. This also includes 5600 attempted escapes over the water from the GDR recorded between 1961 and 1989.
In combination with her wealth of analog projection techniques and materials, Katrin Bethge makes use of image material drawn from local-historical archives. The starting point for John Eckhardt's sound work includes a musical investigation of room acoustics as well as underwater audio recordings specifically created in the Mecklenburgian bay outside Kühlungsborn.
„enlighten“ was commissioned by Tourismus, Freizeit & Kultur GmbH Kühlungsborn under the curation of Claus Friede Contemporary Arts.