Anneliese Michel

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Anneliese Michel | 2008

A massive quadrophonic audio-environment installation (4k watts) in the former restaurant hall from ca. 1905, in suburban impoverished district of highly industrialized area of southern Poland, presented during Something Must Break exhibition, curated by Sebastian Cichocki (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw).

The exhibition took place within the OFF festival framework, one of the main summer music events in Poland. This work traces the story of Anneliese Michel, Austrian girl allegedly possesed by seven demons, who eventually died in the seventies after several years of exorcisms. The case brought huge criticism towards catholic church for diminishing the need for medical help, ending up in the court. The exorcisms were recorded by the priests on reel tape recorder, and the original sound was used in the installation. It made the desolate restaurant a truly haunted and devilish place, sending thrills down the visitors' spines and violently disturbing neighbouring houses. The exhibition space was shared with mighty Leif Elggren presenting his posters, audio work and giving a lecture there.


(...)W ramach tegorocznej wystawy „Something Must Break”, towarzyszącej Off Festivalowi w Mysłowicach, przygotował [P.Kulczyński] porażającą kwadrofoniczną instalację, umieszczoną w ponurym magazynie na obrzeżach miasta. Była to niewątpliwie jedna z najbardziej diabolicznych realizacji sound-artowych ostatnich lat – materiałem źródłowym były archiwalne nagrania z egzorcyzmów dokonywanych na Anneliese Michel, opętanej dziewczynie, która podczas ataków szału mówiła sześcioma męskimi głosami, podającymi się za Judasza, Nerona i Hitlera.(...)

Sebastian Cichocki, MSN Warszawa

> Something Must Break


In the photos below you can see the venue space with works by Leif Elggren (posters) and Hubert Czerepok (sign over the entrance), also one of the big four speakers that were used as a PA for my installlation plus small reel-to-reel deck playing the original exorcisms tapes.

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