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Shel(l)ter 2005-07

This 14-photograph selection is part of many photographs I took in one of Berlin's atomic bunkers (Kurfürstendamm) at three successive periods, in 2004 during my first stay in the city, in 2005 during a second stay and then, in 2007 while I was a guest composer for one year in Berlin thanks to the BERLINER KÜNSTLERPROGRAMM of the DAAD.

These photographs inspired the composition of my series Shel(l)ter for ensemble and electronics and manifest both a search for abstraction and the oppressive sensation that such a confined space can induce with its subterranean location, its darkness and artificial light, and the opacity of the walls letting no sound inside.

Clara Maïda, September 2007

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