We are excited to present and share the world premiere of Remote Future Control Access, a new radio art work by Christina Kubisch (Germany) for Skálar FM, commissioned by The Creative Audio Unit of ABC Radio National, Australia for their radio art program Soundproof
From this Friday February 27th , listen on air, online or download Remote Future Control Access – which is the third episode in The Remote Series, a five part series that explores the theme of remoteness, where its defining feature is the experience of distance, however minute or vast, in time or in space.
Christina Kubisch was investigating electrical fields already in the 1970s, and used a simple telephone amplifier with incorporated small coils to listen to the sounds in her installations. She then developed specially-built headphones that receive electromagnetic signals from the environment and convert them into sound using the same process of electro-magnetic induction. With these headphones, she later developed a series of Electrical Walks, which allow users to listen to the usually hidden sounds generated by electromagnetic fields that surround us in urban settings.
On a visit to the Nikola Tesla Museum in Kosice, Slovakia in 2012, Kubisch listened with her custom headphones to the Tesla machines and was fascinated; she heard a thunderstorm of electromagnetic noise, and was inspired to create a piece about electrical remoteness. Today we almost forget that digital communication is not only based on invisible wireless transfer using electromagnetic waves, but includes extensive material infrastructure. Tesla wanted to reach the most remote places of the earth with electrical energy. But nothing is remote anymore.
In Remote Future Control Access, Kubisch recorded and composed with electromagnetic signals which change gradually from the sounds of analogue machines to contemporary fields of urban lighting infrastructure, security systems, power lines, banks, subways, airports, power stations, and finally to the electrical signals of digital communication. From the sound of magnetic fields recorded in an old Austrian train station, to active Tesla devices; the composition ends with the sounds of a luminous advertising hoarding, recorded in 2015 in a new shopping centre in Las Vegas.
image: Peter Kutin
Christina Kubisch belongs to the first generation of sound artists. Trained as a visual artist and composer, she has artistically developed such specialized techniques as magnetic induction to realize her sound works. Kubisch’s approach is a synthesis of arts, or the exploration of acoustic space and the dimension of time in the visual arts, as well as a redefinition of relationships between material and form in music. She has presented her work worldwide since 1974, and ran the department of Sonic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Saarbrücken from 1994-2013.
The Remote Series consist of five programmes created by internationally acclaimed artists working with sound. Each is asked to consider an aspect of the idea of ‘remoteness’, or the experience of distance.
The final episode in The Remote Series will air in Australia on Radio National in March 2015: Episode IV: by Jana Winderen (Norway)
Remote Future Control Access was produced at Studio Hoppegarten 2014/2015. Sound engineering and mastering: Ecki Güther
Enjoy an electrifying listening experience!
Curators Anna Friz and Konrad Korabiewski