Annika Kahrs: Infra Voice

With the exhibition "Infra Voice" the Kasseler Kunstverein returns to its showrooms in the Fridericianum after documenta 14.

Opening: 08.02.2018, 19 Uhr
Exhibition: 09.02. – 25.03.2018
Artist Talk with Dr. Jörn Schafaff (Art historian, Berlin): March 15., 2018, 19 h

„Language then is an art made up of sounds, by which we instantly communicate our ideas. [...]
Its use depends upon the clearness of its structure and vocality; and its beauty upon the musical disposition of its parts.“ –
William Gardiner, The music of nature, 1832


In Kassel Annika Kahrs' spatial three-channel installation "Infra Voice" will be presented to the public for the first time.

The audio-visual work evokes analogies between the octobass and the giraffe on a formal and acoustic level.

Thanks to the voluminous resonating body of the 3.85 meter high string instrument, particularly sonorous sounds can be produced, which remind to giraffe voices. The deepest sound lies in the infrasonic frequency and is therefore imperceptible to the human ear.

Inspired by the 'giraffe chant', contemporary composer and musician Guro Skumsnes Moe presents a piece specially composed for 'Infra Voice' on the octobass. The listeners are the giraffe and the exhibition visitors.

According to the anatomy of the animal and the instrument, the three-channel work is shown in the cinematic upright format 9:16.

Kahrs' image- and sound-collage stimulates thoughts on translation, communication and their perception.

Foto: Annika Kahrs, Infra Voice, 2018.
Courtesy of the artists and Produzentengalerie Hamburg. 

Curated by Judith Waldmann.