With its dense network of roads, the Ruhr region is Germany’s largest and noisiest conurbation. According to the German Environment Agency, road traffic noise accounts for about half of total noise pollution and is a constant companion for many residents. With Sonic Highway, MFK Bochum invites you to a site inspection of a “sonic red zone”. A walk leads us through physical and instrumental resonances and dissonances, right into the unexpected hilly landscape of a three-leg interchange. We cross and reach places that are usually only caught from the passing car. There, between garbage and rare plants, MFK Bochum formulates a disharmonic response to this landscape for their companions.
Cast & Credits
Concept, Artistic Direction & Performance: MFK Bochum
Scenic Design: Miloslav Juráni, Lars Blum
Documentation Camera: Constantin Leonhard
Dramaturgical Consultancy for the Dortmund Adaptation: Eva Busch
SONIC HIGHWAY was created in 2021 as part of the Christoph Schlingensief Fellowship of Szenische Forschung and Kunststiftung NRW. Funded by NRW Kultursekretariat, the City of Bochum Department of Culture and the Szenische Forschung Department at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Many thanks to the cadastral office of the city of Bochum for kindly providing official maps. Funding for the 2022 revival has been provided by the Fonds Darstellende Künste.