Chains chain

The German word for chains, “Kette”, is strange, because it looks like a chain of five letters connected to each other. Could these be hieroglyphics? The word chain contains many meanings: A state of captivity. A symbol for violence or sadomasochism. Relationships that cannot be broken. Husbands give necklaces to their wives as symbolic chains securing their property, etc.

But a chain can be a great instrument as well. When I picked up a heavy chain and wrapped it around my arms, I was profoundly surprised: I sensed something menacing. Where does that menace come from? The connection between the material and the immaterial – here heavy chains and eerie menace – becomes audible/visible in this composition.

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