LONDON, ENGLAND.-South London Gallery presents Her Noise: Kim Gordon & Jutta Koether, Emma Hedditch, Christina Kubisch, Kaffe Matthews, and Hayley Newman, on view through December 18, 2005. 'Her Noise' is an exhibition featuring five newly commissioned works by international artists whose practice shares the use of sound as a medium to investigate social relations, inspire action or uncover hidden soundscapes. New works by Kim Gordon with Jutta Koether; Emma Hedditch; Christina Kubisch; Kaffe Matthews and Hayley Newman all involve high levels of participation and are set in motion only when used by visitors or performers forming a base for events, live music and performances.
In Reverse Karaoke [AuToMaTiC mUsIc TeNt] Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether aim to demystify the process of music making by creating a space in which audience members can record a track along with the pre-recorded sample of Gordons voice. The installation doubles as a performance space for a series of performances including Jenny Hoyston (Erase Errata), Heather Leigh Murray, Christina Carter, Ana Da Silva (The Raincoats).
In her installation Mini Flux Hayley Newman reproduces, in miniature, over a thousand objects used in the Sixties Fluxus movement's musical scores. The installation becomes a score in itself through Newman's invitation to guest artists to devise performances using the objects. Guest artists include The Bowman Brothers, Margarita Gluzberg and Bruce Gilbert.
Christina Kubisch has for many years been developing 'electrical walks' which make audible the otherwise undetectable sound waves generated by the electromagnetic signals that surround us. Visitors are invited to navigate Kubischs maze of wires at South London Gallery, containing sounds from city walks using the specially designed headphones. Across town, visitors can pick up the headphones from the Goethe Institute to discover the hidden soundscape of the area according to Kubischs map.
In Were Alive, Lets Meet Emma Hedditch sets up a series of get togethers that will take the form of weekly meetings, workshops and talks with guests including film maker Vivienne Dick, Tobi Vail and Alison Wolfe (of riot grrrl bands: Bikini Kill and Bratmobile).
Hedditch has also collaborated with the shows curators on the Her Noise Archive which combines a research area, listening posts and a viewing space filled with documentation of both historical and contemporary luminaries working in the field of sound installation and performance. The space contains books, fanzines, records, catalogues as well as exclusive on camera interviews and concert footage with artists including Pauline Oliveros, Maryanne Amacher, Diamanda Galas, Marina Rosenfeld, Thurston Moore, Kevin Blechdom, Kembra Pfahler, Kim Gordon, Lydia Lunch, Peaches and many others filmed in the process of developing Her Noise and aimed at forming a research archive which will become publicly accessible in London after the end of the Her Noise tour.
While lying on Kaffe Matthews Sonic Bed Laboratory the visitor becomes physically affected by a spectrum of sound vibrations shifting underneath and around as they lie. The 12 channel sound system immersed in the bed plays a specially constructed sound work, vibrating through and moving around the visitor. Sonic Bed Laboratory plays music to feel rather than just listen to.
This exhibition is the largest component of a HER NOISE programme of installations, events, performances and screenings by a wide network of artists whose practice involves the use of sound as a medium.