Sound and Sensibility


Her Noise, the season of sound and art currently taking place at venues throughout London, was inspired by a simple question. Looking around at the contemporary music scene in 2001, the future organizers of Her Noise, The Wire editor Anne Hilde-Neset and Electra curator Lina Dzuverovic, asked 'where are the women?' Answering this question led them to the international roster of artists now assembled under the Her Noise umbrella, a broad presentation of approaches to sound that ranges from a multi-media symphony (orchestrated by Marina Rosenfeld) to an ongoing archive (led by British artist Emma Hedditch). Alongside events and performances, the Her Noise exhibition at the South London Gallery features projects that render audible soundscapes that would otherwise be muted. Included are Christina Kubisch's installation that amplifies electro-acoustic field recordings the artist collected in her international travels and Jutta Koether and Kim Gordon's 'Reverse Karaoke,' a project that seeks to demystify the music-making process by inviting participants to create their own soundtracks from fragments of Gordon's music. See the Her Noise site for details, and turn your dial to a steady stream of women-made sounds. - Lauren Cornell