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Hernoise archive, Kubisch, Varda, and audiences

Hernoise archive, Kubisch, Varda, and audiences

Watching, listening, writing to the hernoise archive

Watching the video interview with Christina Kubisch on hernoise, I am reminded again of the importance of this multi-faceted and growing archive for contemporary research in sound, gender and technology. I have read quite a bit about Kubisch in the past, but the video and its informal conversational tone gives access to her thinking and work in a new way, providing more context, letting me see and hear her reactions to questions. She talks about how she came to her method of working with magnetic induction, and her interest in letting audiences construct their own sonic experience using technology that she and her team had developed to make electrical signals audible. I think this aspect of Kubisch’s work is very important… read more at Hernoise archive…


Christina Kubisch

July 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Christina Kubisch is a sound installation artist and composer based in Berlin. She has created many works that bring together sound and light, as well participatory sound walk pieces in urban settings.

Kubisch began her career as a classical musician but notes that she, “…left the concert hall to look for new settings for music, places where you could listen while moving freely in space” (1984).

Kubisch is known for her “Electrical Walks”, which involve listening to the musicality of electromagnetic frequencies in the city. Using special headphones and a map displaying the locations of interesting electrical fields, participants are able to tune into an otherwise hidden layer of urban sound. On her website, she writes: “The perception of everyday reality changes when one listens to the electrical fields… Nothing looks the way it sounds. And nothing sounds the way it looks.” An interview with Kubisch on the Electrical Walks can be found here.

For more information on Kubisch, including samples of her work, visit