Like an invisible architecture, the electromagnetic fields of electrical cables, radio signals, batteries, sensors, communication networks and other technical infrastructures penetrate and structure our everyday lives. Phantom Voltage gives this ephemeral spirit a sound body and visibility through installations, specially created instruments, and performative elements. Induction sensors translate electromagnetic fields into sound, light and noise, which enter into dialogue with one another. The cello acts as an analogue counterpoint to the electro-acoustic phantom sounds. In an experimental arrangement of corresponding objects, the performers create a sound landscape that is open to the audience.
‘I understood the silence of the ether. I never understood people‘s words.’
(Friedrich Hölderlin [1770–1843], Since I was a boy)
After Desert Bloom (2016, Karl Szcuka Prize as part of the Donaueschinger Musiktage) and Spectral City (including 2019 at the HeK Basel & at the ReiheM in Cologne), Florian Kindlinger, Christina Kubisch and Peter Kutin are now working together for the third time. For Phantom Voltage, the three artists have partly developed existing sound objects and installations, partly created new devices and woven them into an expansive composition that encompasses the audience.
A limited edition of sounding latex objects created especially for Phantom Voltage by the visual artist Liesl Raff (in co-operation with Peter Kutin) will also be on display.
Peter Kutin | Light feedback systems, kinetic objects, dramaturgy
Florian Kindlinger | Sound direction, live electronics, dramaturgy
Christina Kubisch | Electromagnetic induction objects, live performance
Mathias Lenz | Mechatronics, live performance
Liesl Raff | latex objects
Maiken Beer | Violoncello
Anna Resch | Production, dramaturgy
Sebastian Jobst | Production, dramaturgy
Production Konnektom | Co-production Wien Modern
With the kind support of the City of Vienna, BMKÖS and SKE of Austro Mechana
Cooperation Angewandte Interdisciplinary Lab of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
All photos: Markus Sepperer