Chris Kubick and Anne Walsh
TO MAKE THE SOUND OF FIRE
A plexiglass box holds several sheets of rumpled wax paper, the residue (perhaps even recording) of a fire-sound event. Wax paper is often used by foley artists to simulate the sound of fire.
Chris Kubick and Anne Walsh, both Oakland, CA-based artists, often work together under the name Archive. They produce sculpture, works on paper, video, video games, audio cds and sound installations. From 2001 to 2005, their project Art After Death centered on the overlaps of metaphysics and art history. From 2004-2007, they produced works from a massive commercial sound effects library, exploring the rhetorical and sculptural dimensions of these complex cultural archives. In recent video projects, they continue their work with specialist performers and craftspeople to focus on the residue of fantasy left behind at “historical” sites and monuments.
Recent projects have been exhibited at San Francisco Camerawork, the Rosenbach Museum and Library (Philadelphia), Artists Space (New York City), Royal College of Art (London), Lothringer 13 (Munich), the Whitney Museum of American Art (2002 Biennial exhibition) and as part of the Hayward Gallery’s (London) travelling exhibition program, amongst many others venues. Archive’s sound work has been included on multiple National Public Radio (US) programs, Resonance Radio (UK), Munich Public Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Works for publication have appeared in Cabinet (NYC), Leonardo Music Journal, ArtLies (Houston, TX), and Camerawork.
Anne Walsh is a contributing editor of X-Tra Art and Culture Quartery and is Associate Professor of Art at U.C. Berkeley. Chris Kubick is a composer and lecturer in new media and sound art at U.C. Berkeley. He is also the founder and director of Language Removal Services.
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