Christina Kubisch has developed the basic technique of electromagnetic induction to an individual artistic tool. In 2003, she started working on a new series of works in public space. Electric Walk took place for the first time in Cologne in 2004, tracing the electromagnetic fields of urban environments & audibly injecting them into a city walk.
Sensitive, wireless headphones enable the acoustic qualities of electromagnetic fields to become amplified & audible. The transmission of sound is made possible by built-in coils which respond to the electromagnetic waves in our environment. The noises, their timbre & volume vary depending from site to site & country to country. Therefore, Electrical Walks are an ever-evolving work.
The one thing all Electric Walks have in common is that noise is omnipresent. Even where you wouldn’t expect it to be. Wireless communication systems, anti-theft security devices, surveillance cameras, cell phones, computers, antennae, navigation systems & public transportation networks all create hidden electrical fields, linked to sounds which are much more musical than you’d think.
Some of the noises sound alike all over the world, while others are uniquely linked to a specific city or country. Electrical Walk Leuven is an an invitation to an uncommon investigation of Leuven city centre. The perception of everyday reality changes when listening to the electromagnetic fields. Nothing looks the way it sounds & nothing sounds the way it looks.