Electrical Walks

© C. Kubisch, 2007

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© C. Kubisch, 2007

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Electrical Walks

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 5:30 pm

September 16-18, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008 at 7 pm

In partnership with the Goethe-Institut Montreal


Electrical Walks by Berlin multimedia artist Christina Kubisch opens a completely surprising view of our usual surroundings. Whoever discovers the streets, buildings and shopping centres of Montréal or Québec, with headphones developed by Kubisch, will never see visual images of the city in the same way again. With this event, the artist makes us accomplices. We hear the inaudible around us and we become composers of our environment.

Electrical Walks have fascinated people in various cities in Europe and the Americas since 2004, and they are now coming to Canada for the first time. Electromagnetic fields which we are continually in contact with, through communication and security systems, wireless information transmission and other circuits, are captured through special sensors and transformed into audible frequencies.

In this completely new version of Electrical Walks, the headphones are equipped with a recording device. Each person can record his own walk, movements in space and their interaction with the city and take them home in the form of a composition.

In the workshop Electromagnetic Exploration of the City, participants are invited to explore the hidden electromagnetic world that exists in inside and outside spaces of the city. After a period of sound recording with electromagnetic/recording headphones and note taking with drawings and scores, the collected material will be analysed and integrated into compositions that correspond to the personal experience of each participant.

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Christina Kubisch

Christina Kubisch was born in 1948 in Bremen, and belongs to the early generation of the sound art movement. Her artistic education was interdisciplinary, including painting, music and composition, before specializing with teachers in Hamburg, Graz, Zurich and Milan, where she studied electronics to further develop her experimentation with sound. Since the beginning of the 1970s, she has been performing her own compositions in concerts. After an intensive period of art performances, she turned to installations and sound sculptures in the 1980s, and to spaces lit outside and inside, and to electro-acoustic composition. The work of Christina Kubisch can be described as a “synthesis of the arts”: on the one hand the discovery of sound space and the dimension of time in the visual arts and, on the other hand, the redefinition of the relationship between the material and form of music. Since 2003 she has been recording live performances with musicians and dancers as well as teaching at the College of Fine Arts of Saarbrücken. In addition to presenting her works in exhibitions and music and art festivals on all continents, the media artist is also guest professor in Maastricht, Paris, Berlin and artist in residence in Stockholm. Christina Kubisch is a member of the Academy of Arts of Berlin since 1997.