Her Noise was an exhibition which took place at South London Gallery in 2005 with satellite events at Tate Modern and Goethe-Institut, London. Her Noise gathered international artists who use sound to investigate social relations, inspire action or uncover hidden soundscapes. The exhibition included newly commissioned works by Kim Gordon & Jutta Koether, Hayley Newman, Kaffe Matthews, Christina Kubisch, Emma Hedditch and Marina Rosenfeld. A parallel ambition of the project was to investigate music and sound histories in relation to gender, and the curators set out to create a lasting resource in this area.
Throughout the development of the project, the curators conducted dozens of interviews, whilst also compiling sound recordings and printed materials which would eventually form the Her Noise Archive. The Her Noise Archive is a collection of over 60 videos, 300 audio recordings, 40 books and catalogues and 250 fanzines (approximately 150 different titles) compiled during the development of this project. The archive remains publicly accessible at the Electra office in central London.
Much of the material available in the archive was shot specifically for this project, and is uniquely available as part of this archive. The documentary 'Her Noise - The Making Of' was commissioned by Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen on the occasion of the 'Sound' festival and 'SoundAsArt' conference at University of Aberdeen.
The video documents the development of Her Noise between 2001 and 2005 and features interviews with artists including Diamanda Galas, Lydia Lunch, Kim Gordon, Jutta Koether, Peaches, Marina Rosenfeld, Kembra Pfhaler, Chicks On Speed, Else Marie Pade, Kaffe Matthews, Emma Hedditch, Christina Kubisch and the show's curators, Lina Dzuverovic and Anne Hilde Neset. The documentary also features excerpts from live performances held during Her Noise by Kim Gordon, Jutta Koether and Jenny Hoyston (Erase Errata), Christina Carter, Heather Leigh Murray, Ana Da Silva (The Raincoats), Spider And The Webs, Partyline, Marina Rosenfeld's 'Emotional Orchestra' at Tate Modern, and footage compiled for the 'Men in Experimental Music' video made during the development of the Her Noise project by the curators and Kim Gordon, featuring Thurston Moore and Jim O'Rourke.
Emma Hedditch (1972 Somerset, England) is a visual artist and writer living in London. Her productions include: "A Pattern" (since 2000), an ongoing collectively shot and edited video; "This Is What We Have Done, And This Is What We Are Doing" (2005), animated drawings by persons in the context of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival; "Video Home, Come On" (2004), a home-video viewing session and archive, with Electra and Electric Studios, Brixton; "A Political Feeling, I Hope So" (2004), Cubitt Gallery, London, a social situation exploring conditions of belonging. Ongoing research into Feminist thought and writing has informed much of her activity, as well as a desire to expose the economics of art production. She has been engaged in collaborative dialogue with The Copenhagen Free University since 2001, and has worked for Cinenova Women's Film and Video distributor since 1999.
Electra is a London-based contemporary arts agency founded in 2003. Electra commissions and produces artworks across sound, moving image, performance and the visual arts, which it presents in the UK and internationally. Recent projects include a film/performance commission "Perfect Partner" by Kim Gordon, Tony Oursler and Phil Morrison (Barbican Centre), group exhibition "Her Noise" (South London Gallery), "Sound And The Twentieth Century Avant Garde" lecture series (Tate Modern and Stavanger, Norway), soundtrack consultancy on films by Daria Martin working with composers Zeena Parkins and Maja Ratkje respectively, "The Sounds Of Christmas" installation by Christian Marclay (Tate Modern), "Emotional Orchestra" and "Sheer Frost Orchestra" by Marina Rosenfeld (Tate Modern), "Once Seen" Programme for The British Council (Oslo and Tromso, Norway).
Electra gratefully acknowledges the support of the following funders for the Her Noise season:
Arts Council England, South London Gallery, Elephant Trust, Feminist Review Trust, Goethe-Institut London, Henry Moore Foundation, Performing Rights Society Foundation and Women In Music.
Media sponsor: The Wire Magazine.
Her Noise was curated and produced by Electra in association with Forma.
This UbuWeb resource is presented in partnership with Electra