Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the top of the hour, an aria resounds beneath the Tormin bridge on the Aasee - Susan Philipsz sings the Bacarole from Jacques Offenbach’s opera Hoffmanns Erzählungen (Hoffmann’s tales). The score is based on the story of the lost reflection written by E. T. A. Hoffmann.
It tells of courtesan Guilietta’s charm that men succumb to, who in turn give their reflections away to her. Consequently, they are not recognised any more even by their wives and children. The story line is set in Venice; when Susan Philipsz sends her voice floating with loudspeakers across the Aasee to the opposite bank and back again, the lagoon city and its canals feel close. The human voice may not change the space it pervades, but does change spatial experience entirely.