Stimmen der Ruhmeshalle (Voices of the Hall of Fame) is an audio installation for the Ruhmeshalle of the Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Battle of the Nations Monument) in Leipzig. The monument was built in 1913 to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon’s army in 1813 by a coalition including newly united German (Prussian, Saxon and Württemberg) forces, an important event in Germany’s path to nationhood. The four 9.5 meter tall figures represent the “virtues of the German people” – Volkskraft (Ethnic Strength), Glaubensstärke (Steadfast Belief), Tapferkeit (Bravery) and Opferbereitschaft (Willingness to Sacrifice). The audio installation functions as a discussion between the four figures about German identity as reflected through the history of the figures, their role in society and how these have changed over the past 100 years.
The script for the audio work was developed from interviews and a survey I conducted with German citizens. The video above is a short, subtitled excerpt. For the English version of the script, click here.