Call for applications: The Hidden City workshop with Christina Kubisch

In keeping with her ongoing project Electrical Walks, pioneering sound installation artist Christina Kubisch leads a three-day workshop, from 25 to 27 February, in which participants explore an otherwise imperceptible urban soundscape. Kubisch’s public walks use specially made headphones that receive electromagnetic signals from the environment and convert them into sound, opening up a remarkable view of our everyday environment. The workshop is based on research of sound waves we cannot normally perceive with our ears, including electromagnetic waves, underwater sounds and radio waves. Another point of interest is the comparison of these hidden sounds with our real soundscapes. The Hidden City aims to explore and record these hidden signals in the city of Amsterdam and to transform and transcribe them into a work that will be discussed and eventually presented at the end of the workshop. Collective work in groups of 2 to 3 people is encouraged. The result of the research can be a choreography through the city, a composition, performance, a written project, or other. What is most important about the workshop is the experience of the participants and the discussion about it – by the use of technology we comment on technology. Enrolment The three-day workshop is open to (sound) artists and anyone with a basic knowledge of how to use recording facilities. Some special recording facilities for exploring hidden sounds will be provided, but participants are required to bring their own sound recording equipment (these can also be video recorders), good headphones and a laptop with an editing programme, such as Protools or Reaper. The number of participants is limited. To apply, please send a CV, a short biography and motivation letter outlining why you would like to attend to workshop[at]sonicacts[dot]com. Participants must attend the full workshop programme. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. If we receive more applications than expected, a careful selection will be made based on motivation and diversity of backgrounds. More information, including a detailed schedule, will be sent to the selected participants. The deadline for applications is 1 February 2019. Fee Participants pay a €75 contribution for three days. Lunch will be provided.

Interview with Christina Kubisch by Fridaymilk. Sonic Acts Academy 2018.
Christina Kubisch is a pioneer of sound art installation and one of today’s most prominent European sound artists. Kubisch is trained as a visual artist, musician, and composer in Hamburg, Graz, Zurich, and Milan. She studied flute and piano before turning to electronic music and later focusing on sound sculpture and sound installations, which often involved ultraviolet light, solar energy, and electromagnetic induction. In 2003, she began an ongoing project Electrical Walks: public walks with specially made headphones that receive electromagnetic signals from the environment and convert them into sound. She has developed 66 walks worldwide, including for ZKM, Karlsruhe; The Kitchen, New York; Ars Electronica, Linz; Kontraste, Krems; and documenta 14, Athens. Kubisch was Professor of Sound Art at the Academy of Fine Arts, Saarbrücken, Germany (1994–2013). She has been a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin since 1997. This workshop is a co-production of Sonic Acts & Paradiso and part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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