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2014 Horchposten – Postes d’écoute 1914

© Stephan Kaluza
© Stephan Kaluza



The walk-through sound installation 2014 Horchposten – Postes d’écoute 1914 creates a space of memory around World War I for everyone to experience individually. The focus is on the Franco-German front and each side’s image of the enemy. Walking through the installation, you undergo a change of perspective as you take in the one-time enemy’s point of view too.

So the installation provides a narrative access to World War I, a dialogical form of remembrance that goes beyond the usual one-sided national perspective.

Excerpts from the sound installation


Dominique Richert
“The night grew dark and we had a hard time keeping ranks.”

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Hugo Muller
“It was quite interesting to study the wallets of the fallen and captured French.”

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Illustrierte Zeitung, 20 August 1914
“The French have been toying with the idea of war for decades.”

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Louis Bernard
“Dear Mother, I try to write interesting things but the awful censorship is upon us.”

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Martin Vaillagou
“As far as German bullets are concerned, will do: I’ll bring you a few when I get back.”

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L'Intransigeant, 17 August 1914
“Many are commenting on the ineffectiveness of the enemy fire.”
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2014 Horchposten – Postes d’écoute 1914 is a project of the Goethe-Institut in France currently being put together in collaboration with Westdeutscher Rundfunk (West German Broadcasting Corporation). This sound installation will be touring six Goethe-Instituts in France beginning in October 2014.


This project is partly funded by the German Foreign Office.



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