[ISEA2015] Artist Statement: Kristen Roos – ELECTROSMOG

Artist Statement

Sounds (2015)

Electrosmog is concerned with themes of electromagnetism and material processes which sonify inaudible events. Using an electrosmog high frequency receiver, Roos captures sounds produced by mobile phones, wireless phones, wifi, microwaves, and other electronic devices with frequencies between 800 MHz – 2.5 GHz. Will the electrosmog created by our wireless devices eventually be looked at the same way as the emissions from burning coal that once choked North American cities?

  • Kristen Roos is a Vancouver, Canada-based artist whose work explores infrasound and electromagentic frequencies. The muted sounds and tactile vibrations suggest a primal association, mingling with the deep droning noises of modernization and labor. His writing on sound and radio art appears in the Errant Bodies publication Radio Territories and the New Star Books publication Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada.

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