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ELECTRICAL WALKS   17.11.07 – 25.11.07
HUDDERSFIELD CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL
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Ultrasound has commissioned renowned German sound artist, musician and composer Christina Kubisch to create a participatory public art project – Electrical Walks specifically for Huddersfield. Christina has explored the hidden electromagnetic landscapes of Huddersfield’s town centre and created a fascinating guided walk for audiences to experience. Sources of electromagnetic fields include illuminated retail displays, communication antennae, factories, buses and security devices. These electromagnetic fields are rendered audible via customised headphones; the palette of sounds, their timbre and volume vary enormously but they have one thing in common – they are ubiquitous.

Contemporary urban life is immersed in electrically powered technology; illuminated advertising, security systems, telephone exchanges, retail displays and screens all constantly emit invisible electromagnetic fields into our environment that are as if hidden under cloaks of invisibility. By employing her custom-built headphones Christina Kubisch has suggested routes through the local environment manifesting intriguing, humorous and surprising aural experiences along the way.

Perception of everyday reality changes when one listens to the electrical fields; what is familiar becomes strange in this context. Nothing appears the way it sounds and nothing sounds the way it appears.

 

 

Electrical Walks constitute an international series of explorations which invite audiences into a very special kind of wandering in cities and towns and have previously been presented at the following locations: Cologne, 2004 (Spanischer Bau); Berlin, 2005 (Akademie der Künste); Oxford, 2005 (Ovada Festival); Karlsruhe, 2005 (ZKM); Bremen, 2005 (Galerie Beim Steinernen Kreuz); London, 2005 (Goethe-Institut); Haarlem, 2006 (Galerie De Schone Kunsten); Birmingham, 2006 (IKON Gallery); London, 2006 (Goethe-Institut); Riga, 2006 (Goethe Institut Riga); New York, 2006 (The Kitchen); Oldenburg, 2007 (Edith-Russ House for Media Arts).

Audiences use an illustrated map and guide to take a journey through various locations either individually or in groups. The route starts at the Lawrence Batley Theatre and encompasses the exterior of Brierley’s Mill, the Free Town Bus ride, the railway station, the Civic Centre, a church, shops and cash machines, finally arriving back at the theatre. The duration of the walk varies according to how much time is dedicated to listening but can be anything from one to four hours.

www.christinakubisch.de

www.hcmf.co.uk

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