Matthäikirche, The Ministry for State Security STASI, Leipzig
Welcome to the Eavesdropshop, the place where the future has been excavated. Our time "capsule" presents the evolution of eavesdropping and empowerment of future nostalgia. This is the place of futurology and home to all tiny utopias. Our products come with a Lifetime Guarantee. Their fictional nature allows one’s imagination to simply float. Before you use them, we kindly remind you to never stop speculating on your future.
Here, the owner of the small futurology store, Nađa Kračunović, examines the presence of mechanisms of power while provoking speculative thought. The dilapidated, aged, and dusty walls of the Stasi (Staatssicherheitsdienst — State Security Service of the former German Democratic Republic, GDR) building in Leipzig are invaded by a fictional inventory. Lavishly displayed in a newly opened, sui generis shop, the objects are meant to be used for hearing the sound of the future, nostalgia, and social dreaming.
The air is filled with the smell of freshly fired ceramics, highly mystical objects, and sounds of the futuristic radio coming from the wall. This shop provides the customers with a chance to imagine potential, alternative scenarios while digging into the future through sound. Created in an open-ended manner with acoustic potentiality, these objects are meant to raise auditory awareness of the time that is coming.
The Stasi building is the manifestation of one of the most problematic aspects of the GDR, with the emphasis on its political system of oppression. Here, Kračunović draws a critique of a panoptic society in which the mechanisms of control have been dissolved into the possession of the citizens themselves. By creating the objects of non- or multi-functionality (eavesdrobjects), she brings the Orwellian visions from the past century steadily closer to a state of operation.