They hear what they no longer see. Except for the memorial in Gusen built on the initiative of former inmates and a few unmarked buildings, the area presents itself as simply residential. Single family homes have replaced the sheds on the camp’s former territory and thus have turned Gusen into a post-war Austrian town. Where SS-henchmen and capos used to torture thousands of people to death, children nowadays play in the front yard.
As a visitor of the project, you’ll get a set of headphones and a player and a voice will guide you along the AUDIOWALK GUSEN. Making your way through today’s Gusen, you will hear the voices of contemporary witnesses, perpetrators and victims. Through the dramaturgy developed together with ars acustica expert and radio author Andreas Hagelüken You will be systematically introduced to the people and their stories set in this landscape, back then and now. The soundtrack composed by Kai-Uwe Kohlschmidt reinforces the process of the place’s all-encompassing experience and the human fates connected to it, among others by integrating sound material recorded locally. Composition, reports and narration together create a corridor between today's dominating „normality“ and the region's historical burden. The experience of the radical „discrepancy“ between the visible and the (audible) story brings out the inconceivable - the horror as well as the attempt to forget it – and perhaps that will trigger a productive discussion of this subject.