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ELECTRICAL WALKS

Electromagnetic Investigations in the City



Since the end of the 1970s Christina Kubisch works with the system of electromagnetic induction, which she developed from the basic technique to an individual artistic tool. In 2003 she started her research on a new series of works in public space, which trace the electro-magnetic fields of urban environments in the form of city walks. The first Electrical Walk took place in Cologne in 2004.
Electrical Walks is a work in progress. It is a public walk with special, sensitive wireless headphones by which the acoustic qualities of aboveground and underground electromagnetic fields become amplified and audible.
The transmission of sound is achieved by built-in coils which respond to the electromagnetic waves in our environment. The palette of these noises, their timbre and volume vary from site to site and from country to country. They have one thing in common: they are ubiquitous, even where one would not expect them. Light systems, wireless comunication systems, radar systems, anti-theft security devices, surveillance cameras, cell phones, computers, streetcar cables, antennae, navigation systemes, automated teller machines, wireless internet, neon advertising, public transportation networks, etc. create electrical fields that are as if hidden under cloaks of invisibility, but of incredible presence.
The sounds are much more musical than one could expect. There are complex layers of high and low frequencies, loops of rhythmic sequences, groups of tiny signals, long drones and many things which change constantly and are hard to describe. Some sounds are much alike all over the world. Others are specific for a city or country and cannot be found anywhere else.Electrical Walks is an an invitation to a special kind of investigation of city centres (or elsewhere). With the magnetic headphone and a map of the environs, on which the possible routes and especially interesting electrical fields are marked, the visitor can set off on his own or in a group. The perception of everyday reality changes when one listens to the electromagnetic fields; what is accustomed appears in a different context. Nothing looks the way it sounds. And nothing sounds the way it looks. 


List of Electrical Walks 2004 - 2013

  
1.      Köln 
9. – 20. August 2004 
Festival Klangraum-Raumklang 
Kunsthochschule für Medien   

2.     Oxford            

8. – 30. April 2005 
Festival Vent 
Ovada Gallery   

3.     Berlin             

2. – 5. Juni 2005            
Ausstellung Prolog 
Akademie der Künste              

4.
     Karlsruhe 
27. Juli – 9. Oktober 2005 
Ausstellung Resonanzen 
ZKM   

5.     Bremen              
 
8. – 11. September 2005 
Bremen Stadt der Wissenschaften 2005 
Neues Museum Weserburg / Galerie zum Steinernen Kreuz   

6.     London
 
10. November – 18. Dezember 2005 
Festival Her Noise 
und Goethe-Institut   

7.     Haarlem
 
4. – 9. April 2006 
Festival )toon) 7 

8.     Birmingham
 
25. Juli – 1. Oktober 2006 
Ikon Gallery 

9.     London
 
8. – 27. August 2006 
Ausstellung Exhibition Road motiroti/priceless   

10.     Riga
 
11. – 29. September 2006 
Festival Skanu Mezs 
und Goethe-Institut 

11.     New York
 
9. September  – 14. Oktober 2006 
Ausstellung Invisible Geographies 
The Kitchen 

12.     Oldenburg
 
3. – 15. April 2007 
Ausstellung Sound//Bytes 
Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst   

13.     Kortrijk
 
15. – 30. September 2007 
Festival Happy Ears 
  
14.     Chicago 
7. – 20. November 2007 
Outer Ear Festival 
und Goethe-Institut   

15.     Krakau
 
16. – 25. November 2007 
Festival Audio Art und Goethe-Institut 
Bunkier Sztuki 
  
16.     Huddersfield
 
17. – 25. November 2007 
Huddersfield Music Festival   

17.     Mexico City
 
16. April – 20. Mai 2008 
Festival Sonic Clouds 
Laboratorio de Arte Alameda   

18.     Bremen
 
seit 14. August 2008 
Kunsthalle Bremen 
Sammlung / permanent collection   

19.      Montreal
 
10.9.- 20.9.2008 
OBORO und Goethe-Institut   

20.     Quebec
 
11. -– 20. September 2008 
Festival Mois Multi / Meduse   

21.     Poitiers
 
6. – 26. Oktober 2008 
Ville de Poitiers   

22.     Darmstadt
 
15. – 18. März 2009 
INMM / Akademie für Tonkunst   

23.     Mailand
 
6. -– 2. Mai 2009 
Palazzo della Triennale 
Festival InContemporanea   

24.     Kopenhagen
 
4. – 19. September 2009 
Wundergrund Festival und Goethe-Institut   

25.
     Leeds 
25. – 29. September 2009 
Expo Festival   

26.     Recklinghausen
 
13. April – 6. Juni 2010 
Kunsthalle Recklinghausen / RUHR2010 
  
27.     Gelsenkirchen 
13. April – 6. Juni 2010 
Kunstmuseum Geksenkirchen / RUHR.2010   

28.     Dorsten
 
13. April – 6. Juni 2010 
Jüdisches Museum / RUHR.2010   

29.     Marl 

13. April – 6. Juni 2010 
Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten / RUHR.2010   

30.     Oberhausen
 
13. April – 6. Juni 2010 
RUHR. Visitorcenter / RUHR.2010   

31.     Linz
 
2. – 7. September 2010 
Ars Electronica Linz 
Tabakfabrik   

32.     Porto
 
2. – 7. September 2010 
Museo de Serralves 
Trama Festival 
      
33.     Utrecht 
15. – 21.Oktober 2010 
Impakt Festival 
  
34.     Tallinn 
12. Mai - 25. September 2011 
KUMU, Museum of Modern Art   

35.     Turku
 
30. Mai - 23. Juni 2011 
Festival Turku is listening   

36.     Nancy
 
17. Juni - 21. Juli 2011 
Goethe-Institut Nancy   

37.     Dortmund
 
23. September 2011 - 15. Januar 2012 
Museum am Ostwall im U  Dortmund   

38.     Krems an der Donau
 
14. – 16. Oktober 2011 
Festival Kontraste   

39.     Köln 
25. November 2011 
Festival Visual Sounds   

40.     Hongkong 
29. Februar – 30. April 2012 
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre   

41.     Basel 
31. August – 11. November 2012 
Ausstellung Sensing places 
Haus für Elektronische Künste 
permanent walk   

42.     Kosice
 
20. – 23. September 2012 
Sound City Days 
project of Košice 2013 - European Capital of Culture   

43.     Aarhus 
1. – 4. Oktober 2012 
DIEM, Danish Royal Academy of Music   

44.     Athens 
8. – 16. Februar 2013 
Hertz Festival  und Goethe-Institut Athen   

45.     Kortrijk
 
18. April – 5. Mai 2013 
Festival van Vlaanderen Kortrijk 
festival and permanent walk   

46.     Moskau
 
29. Mai – 8. Juni 2013 
SA )))) sound artist festival 
und Goethe-Institut 
 
47.    Brüssel 
27. – 30. Juni 2013
Tuned City Brussels
Botanical Garden / Jardin Botanique

48.    Montpellier
7. Februar - 22. Juni 2014
La Panacée, Centre de culture contemporaine

49.    Oxford
12. - 28. Februar 2014
Audiograft Festival
Brookes University

50.    Danzig
26. - 29. Juni 2014
Sound Play Festival Gdansk
Laznia Centre for Contemporary Arts

51.    Wien
12. - 13. Dezember 2014
real deal, festival für postspekulative kultur
Kulturzentrum WUK

52.    Hamburg
5. - 20. Juni 2015
blurred edges
Festival für aktuelle Musik Hamburg
Hanseplatte

53.    Reykjavik
13.8 - 27. September 2015
Cycle Festival
Museum Gerdasafn Kópavogur

54.    Wien
17. - 13. Oktober 2015
transducing the city
electromagnetic topographies
Ausstellungszentrum Heiligenkreuzerhof /
Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien   

Cabinet Magazine: Interview with Christoph Cox
Cabinet Magazine: Electrical Walks - Samples of Raw Sounds
Digimag: Interview with Matteo Milani