Ines Lechleitner – A Space of Translation

A space of translation

A radio piece by Ines Lechleitner, 2009
Duration: 36min
Sound mastering: Martin Leitner

Produced by Ö1 Kunstradio
Supported by the Jan van Eyck Academie and Pages Magazine



“Last August I traveled together with a group of researchers of the Jan van Eyck Academy to Tehran in order to participate in ‘Instances of translation’, a workshop organized by Pages (Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi).
I decided to take this workshop and my stay in Iran as the starting point for a sound project for the Ö1 Kunstradio (AT).

The first part is a sound walk with excerpts of the workshop appearing and disappearing in the noise of the street. It highlights certain aspects of the discussions during the workshop that shaped my experience later on during the recordings in the city.

What follows are acoustic reconstructions of spaces and situations in Tehran such as two scenes in the central Laleh Park (one during a Sunday afternoon, the other at night the following day), various taxi journeys, a visit in the Bazaar one day before the holiday celebrating the hidden Imam, a dinner in a restaurant and the Shrine of Imam Khomeini. Using microphones hidden under my veil, I followed my ears in order to create a physical acoustic record of everyday urban life spaces in the city. By including rather than hiding my constant movement, my own physical presence as well as remarks by members of the group I was traveling with, I attempt to elaborate an acoustic experience of social and architectural spaces with their particular encounters, resonances and discussions.” (Ines Lechleitner)

For more information on Pages and the workshop itself see projects on the site  pagesmagazine.net or their current issue Pages 7: In Translation



ineslechleitner_BW_V2Ines Lechleitner is an Austrian artist working and living in Berlin. She studied at the San Fransico Art Institute (USA), NSCAD- College for Art and Design Halifax (CA) and the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (FR), where she graduated in 2003. 2006-2008 she was a reasearcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academy (NL).

Some recent exhibitions include: Die Lucky Bush. MUKHA, Antwerp (NL), Parcours interdit. Künstlerhaus Malkasten, Düsseldorf (DE),Video as urban condition.  Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz (AT) and Je partage votre point de vue. La Galerie de la Générale. Paris (FR);

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