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Empty streets and deserted city centres—the pandemic has not only had an enormous impact on the image of public space in the past year. The soundscapes of life and our attention to everyday sounds have also changed. We all spend more time at home than ever before. How does the perception of our surroundings change and what sounds and noises does the unfamiliar situation produce?

Last year, the New York artist Natalie Bookchin (*1962) invited us to document the new everyday life in the pandemic through short home videos. Sounds and also one’s own body, which is suddenly perceived differently in one’s own flat, as well as quiet glances out of the window became the central motif of the recordings. The result is an audiovisual portrait of the collective experience of isolation. The multi-channel video installation Geisterspiele (Ghost games) is dedicated to a paradoxical time in which solidarity consists precisely in renouncing public life. The exhibition venue on the tenth floor of a residential tower transforms the questions of public and private life into an immediate and intense experience for the visitors. Above the rooftops of the city of Herne, the film recordings of glimpses out of the window, collected all over the world with the mobile phone—i.e. one of the few possibilities currently available for opening up to the outside world—merge with the real view of the surrounding Ruhr Area landscape.


Due to the ongoing pandemic and the current COVID-19 regulations all art sites will remain temporarily closed. We will inform here and via all our communication channels as soon as the situation changes.


Admission is free.


Temporarily closed.


Hochhaus, 10. Etage
An Der Kreuzkirche 10
44623 Herne

Natalie Bookchin Photograph by Susan Meiselas Magnum Photos 2017 Künstler*in ©

Natalie Bookchin

As a pioneer of Net Art, Natalie Bookchin was already exploring the structures and aesthetics of the Internet in the 1990s.