Wave Farm Artist-in-Residence: Kristen Roos

Aug 25, 2017 - Sep 03, 2017
Wave Farm + WGXC Acra Studio


Kristen Roos Portrait Image

Kristen Roos Portrait Image. Radio Revolten performance image, courtesy the artist. (Mar 31, 2017)

The Wave Farm Residency Program is pleased to welcome Kristen Roos (Vancouver, British Columbia). His "anti-wave" project examines the silent electromagnetic transmissions that are ubiquitous today (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cell phone tower emissions). Roos receives these inaudible frequencies with devices that recognize them not as information (conversations, emails, streaming), but as something similar to the unwanted sounds that were heard in early radio reception (static, whistles, sferics). In receiving and translating these frequencies into audible sounds, Roos is interested in the process of dissecting the wireless devices that embody our lives, and exposing the relationships between people and the objects that inhabit their daily rituals. At Wave Farm, Roos will experiment with products that have recently been developed to provide shielding from electromagnetic frequencies. Using the catalogue of a local business that specializes in EMF protection, Roos will acquire a variety of “Anti-Wave” products, to create a costume of sorts, which will be incorporated into a new performance work and electromagnetic soundwalk.

Kristen Roos’s work explores a fascination with the outside–what lies beyond standard perception, cognition and experience. This fascination has informed a body of work with transmission, audible and inaudible frequencies, electromagnetism and tactile vibration. Roos has created site-specific installations, sound design for dance, and performance internationally including at RadioRevolten 2016 (Halle), ISEA 2015, Radius (Chicago), Studio Loos (the Hague), velak (Vienna) interpenetration (Graz), noise=noise (UK) The Vancouver New Music Festival (Vancouver), Nuit Blanche & NAISA (Toronto), Skol & Articule (Montreal), Sound Symposium & Eastern Edge Gallery (Newfoundland), La Chambre Blanche & Le Lieu (Quebec City). His writing on sound and radio art appears in the Radius GRIDS booklet published by Half Letter Press (Chicago 2015), the Errant Bodies publication Radio Territories (Berlin, 2007) and the New Star Books publication Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada (Vancouver, 2010).