SPRING SCREAM (FRÜHLINGSSCHREI)
On March 21st 2009 - the first day of spring - Clemens Wilhelm was invited to Galerie 21 for an interactive performance. The astronomic meaning of this day was the inspiration for "Spring Scream".
He hung a forest photo wallpaper in the gallery and placed a microphone and a video camera in front of it. The visitors of the show were asked to greet the coming spring with their personal scream. This ritual of unknown origin - which is also mentioned in Astrid Lindgren's novel "Ronja" - enables the screamer to rid him/herself off the winter's sorrows.
The video image and the scream of the performance where projected and amplified into public space.
The scream itself is probably the most human form of expression of feelings and reveals the personality of the individual. Without language the individuality expresses itself in the most personal way.
A German saying claims that "how you call into the forest is how it will come back out", meaning "everything you do will come back to you one day".