Bahnhof begins with the expression “Ich verstehe Bahnhof” (English: “I understand station”), meaning ‘I have no idea.’ The expression originates from WWI when German soldiers, anxious for the war to end and to return home, would use it to imply their main concern was home. From a non-native speaker, the repetition of the phrase within the sound piece is particular to both the literal translation and the sense it conveys. The sound installation Bahnhof was first created for the Kunst-Bus in Friedrichshafen, Germany curated by Ulrike Shepherd. The piece was re-staged for a show, curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando, at Infernoesque, Berlin. The sound piece and props are incorporated into the video work Bahnhof, which was shot at the Akademie Schloss Solitude with Akademie fellows and is part of And I Think I Like It..
[2013, HD video, 4’04 TRT, audio and color]
Infernoesque photo credit: Sonja Gerdes