Area Composer in der Leverkusener Kunstnacht am 23.10.2015 in der Reuschenberger Mühle


Together with the Göttingen based light artist Uta von Schenck Gaube and Hölscher have developed a total work of art, which outlines this special situation of the confluence of the Werra and Fulda rivers, which join here to form the Weser.
While the images only play with this motive, the sounds of the work tell the history of the rivers – until now.
FLUX is a triptychon shown on 3 flatscreens with surround sound. These pictures are a compilation of the three parts.     Close info

Santa Justa

The "Elevador de Santa Justa" in the heart of Lisbon, built 1902 by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard in neogothic style, connects the upper and the lower city. The pictures show a walk around the impressive steel monument, followed by an ascension.
The sounds are a composition of original material, electronically produced sounds and classically played instruments.     Close info


e.on ist he portrait of the Düsseldorf headquarter oft he former energy group, designed by the Cologne based architect O.M. Ungers between 1999 and 2001. The mediterranean appeal oft he pictures is supported by the sound, but also abruptly interrupted at some parts. The sounds emphasize the backgrounds of electricity generation, but primarily include the people who are working in this building.    Close info

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Velbert, April 16, 2015 – Today, St. Mary's Cathedral in Neviges was the site of an artistic expedition. Peter Hölscher and Ronald Gaube, practitioners of a cross-media technique they call "area composing", focused on different perspectives and varying light conditions at the pilgrimage church designed by the architect Gottfried Böhm. With cameras, microphones and recording equipment, the two artists captured the distinctive elements, shapes, colors, and acoustic atmosphere around the cathedral, and combined them into an area-composed media portrait.

Area Composing

The harvest from one day was more than a thousand individual photographs with long exposures and over four hours of sound recording – enough material for the planned installation. Hölscher processed his photos into a liquid image – a sequence of images, familiar views and surprising details which flow together in an interplay of colors and shapes. Gaube used excerpts from his sound recordings, and added parts played by classical instruments as well as electronic music structures to create a soundscape. This collaborative area-composing approach produces an artistic portrait of St. Mary's Cathedral which makes the senses acutely sensitive for experiencing the magical attraction of this locale.

THE PortrAIt

I. Aspiration
II. Epiphany
III. Purification
IV. Salvation

I. The first part is about the pilgrim's (or any other visitor's) approach to his destination. In spite of the widely towering, rock like cathedral, the path that lies behind him, is almost forgotten. Yet time and again he sees it changing on his way up the hill, as if the building was eagerly awaiting him. His steps are accelerating.

View »Aspiration«

II. The impressive glass windows of the cathedral, whose symbolic messages appear through the light coming from heaven, are surprising the entant with its pure and bright colours. They give the darkly, amorphous inside soul and direction. And they let the visitor look through them into heaven, almost forgetting the place where they are. The sounds, voices and noises, most recently filling the room, now give room to a little melody. Dramatically, but coming back again in variants, it is growing to a festive music. The here and now disappears. Colours and contrasts are separating imperceptibly slowly from the room and twisting into an Abstract Expressionism, which concentrates all perception into a spiritual feeling.

View »Epiphany«

The 2 other parts are in progress …


"Almost any area is suitable for a media-enhanced portrait like this," says Peter Hölscher, who has created liquid images of many buildings in Germany and abroad. Whether the Elevador de Santa Justa in Lisbon, the headquarters of E.ON in Düsseldorf or the old city center of Hannoversch Münden – the artists were able to discover the unique characteristics of each location and bring out the inherent magic of each site. As a preliminary step, the area composers research the historical and architectural background and include it in the concept for each building. Acoustic documents from the history of the site as well as musical references to people and locations, which are related to the building, complement the momentary on-site impressions.


"A special sense of tension emerges when an area-composed work comes back to where it originated," says Ronald Gaube. This is what happened in Hannoversch Münden, for example, when the savings bank commissioned a portrait of the city for its newly designed administration center in order to position itself as a local player. Working in collaboration with the builder and the architectural firm, the area-composing project was conceptualized as a spatial installation. This installation was presented on three giant screens in the waiting area of the foyer, with staggered start times, and broadcast on an integrated surround sound system. Due to the staggered start of images and sounds, observers took in new impressions of their city on every visit to the savings bank, becoming the conductors of their own associations.


Hölscher and Gaube give deliberate emphasis to integrating the perceptions of residents, observers and daily users within their concepts. The media portraits express their admiration of the location in a new way. This regained consciousness of the special nature of the location becomes more widely known and thus contributes to a lasting positive perception by outsiders. Area-composed pieces are thus an important component in public relations work and offer companies, building contractors and architects a compelling tool for expressing their corporate identity, whether as a company portrait, a city portrait or an architectural biography. The portrait of the cathedral created at the initiative of the area composers will also return to Neviges after its presentation. The portrait can give both clergy and visitors to the church a new perspective on this special building, and a contemplative individual experience of its surroundings in the context of, for example, a media zone integrated within the architectural design. This zone offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in these impressions without affecting the character or function of the building.

Dorothee Pilavas

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