Christina Kubisch – Electrical Walks Amsterdam

In 2003, Christina Kubisch started a series of works in public space that trace the electro-magnetic fields of urban environments in the form of city walks. The series uses special sensitive wireless headphones by which the acoustic qualities of electromagnetic fields become amplified and audible. Kubisch’s Electrical Walks Amsterdam enables a new experience of the city, one that uncovers Amsterdam’s hidden electromagnetic phenomena. Armed with special headphones and a map marked with magnetic landmarks, the visitors are offered an auditory adventure that shifts perception of everyday reality by giving substance to invisible wavelengths and charges. Electrical Walks Amsterdam is walk No. 74 in Kubisch's Electrical Walks series and was presented as part of Sonic Acts Festival 2019.
Christina Kubisch, Magnetic Attacks: Forty Years of Electromagnetic Investigations, at Sonic Acts Academy 2018, Dansmakers Amsterdam
Commissioned by Sonic Acts as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Christina Kubisch is a pioneer of sound art installation and one of today’s most prominent European sound artists. Kubisch 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 called Electrical Walks – public walks with specially made headphones that receive electromagnetic signals from the environment and convert them into sound. She has developed 74 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. Presentations Sonic Acts Festival 2019 16 February – 2 March 2019 De Brakke Grond

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