Rebecca Horn

Konrad Fischer Galerie | Düsseldorf

Even before you took in the individual pieces of Rebecca Horn’s installation, waves of mechanically repetitive knocking, banging, rattling sounds hit your ears, sounds that created a secret relationship among the works and accompanied the visual connections like a subterranean echo. This echo filled the space with an atmosphere that tugged at your feelings without your being able to pinpoint exactly what it was that moved you. No one could have left these rooms without feeling that their senses had been heightened to the utmost, like the narrator in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The longer you stayed, the stronger the idea grew that you were a witness to some kind of secret ritual being enacted by the repetitive movements of the apparatus–a field of events over which you had no influence and whose agents took no note of you whatsoever. The dissonant rhythm of repetitive noises

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