Kubisch is one of today's most celebrated sound artists. After studying
painting, music and electronics, she began, in the 1970s, to work with sound
sculptures, installations and electroacoustic compositions that would establish
her as a pioneer and fundamental name in the field of Sound Art.
In the late
1970s, Christina Kubisch began using the technique of electromagnetic induction
in her installations, a device that allows the transmission of sounds between
electrical cables and headphones with magnetic coils specially designed by the
artist. This system, which Kubisch has been constantly improving both
technically and artistically, has been the starting point for numerous sound
installations carried out around the world since 1980. It brings together and
intersects various aspects of Kubisch's work: a revelation and awareness of the
flow of energy and sound that surrounds us anytime, anywhere, in times
dominated by technology; the proposal of an aesthetic dimension for the sounds
transported by electricity and electromagnetism, in compositions that are
constituted both by the artist's choices as by the conscious and
self-determined movement of the audience; the highlighting of our condition as
beings connected by much more than what is on the surface, namely by what is
invisible and silent.
installation THE GREENHOUSE, 2017, is an example of Kubisch's works that
use electromagnetic induction. The public, equipped with headphones, is given
access to the soundscape that emerges from the approximately 1,500 meters of
suspended cables in the Museum's Contemporary Gallery. When moving in the
space, the audience can mix the natural and electromagnetic sounds that
circulate in them.
Also in BRUNNENLIEDER
(FOUNTAIN SONGS) natural sounds - both from the site where it is installed
or from recordings - are fused with musical quotations from vinyl records with
versions of Schubert’s song "Ein Brunnen vor dem Tore" (based on the
folk song with the same name), gathered here under the sign and sound
plasticity of water.
PROJECT, 2011 - ongoing,
focuses on a line of research and artistic practice by Kubisch that addresses
the material, conceptual and cultural questions inherent to silence. Based on a
collection of recordings of the words that mean "silence" in about
seventy languages, the project is divided into two works: one made from images
of sonograms of these words (Analyzing Silence), and another (Silent
Exercises) consisting a silent video projection merging those
images and a sound installation with the spatialization of a composition
created with the mentioned recordings, which will impose itself on the silence
of the tower of the Chapel of Casa de Serralves.
Christina Kubisch presented a version for the center of Porto of her well-known Electrical Walks, within the programme of Trama - Performing Arts
Festival. Now, in 2021, Kubisch will have her first exhibition in Portuguese
territory, constituting an opportunity for a closer relation with this
fundamental artist and historical figure in contemporary music and art.
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