Historically museums could be confusing, distant places; if you didn’t have knowledge of what you were looking it, or were unable to decipher the oddly-phrased explanation cards, then you could spend much of your time walking round indecently puzzled about everything. That all changed with the introduction of wireless audio guides, giving people a personal tour of exhibitions with all the supplementary information and explanations they could need. Of course, what’s suited for inside a weather-proof, contained gallery is less ideal for an outdoor attraction; that’s where artist Markus Kison comes in.
Markus’ newest installation, Touched Echo, will be in Dresden, Germany, this year, at a point where the view of the well-bombed Neustadt is particularly clear. Visitors will be guided to lean their elbows on the railing and put their fingers in their ears; then, using the same principles of bone conduction that Sound Leaf used in their Receiver Microphone, they’ll be able to hear audio of bombers flying over their heads followed by the sound of explosions.