Armin Lorenz Gerold (*1981 Graz, lives in Berlin) is one of the most exciting contemporary artists working at the interface of sound and visual art. For the HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, he is producing a performative work especially for the occasion, which will be performed live in the institution’s main space and simultaneously released via a local radio station, so that the piece will radiate beyond the architectural boundaries of the building and the city.
Through his multidisciplinary practice, Armin Lorenz Gerold transforms classical exhibition contexts of institutions or galleries into acoustic landscapes that develop through a narrative approach to sound and architecture. In this way, video as well as audio works are often created in resonance with the locality, enabling a setting for dynamic choreographies of bodies. Gerold, whose formats always establish points of reference to radio and streaming, allows himself and his performers to immerse themselves in a meditative flow of language and sounds, mixing the roles of sender and receiver, for example.
Under the pseudonym wirefoxterrier, the artist releases mixtapes and poppy, melancholic pieces that are sometimes purely atmospheric or accompanied by lyrics and his pitched voice. His work in the sound studio and the performative visual practice of the artist always influence each other and form his multidisciplinary way of working, which is peppered with many references creating an independent “cosmos.”
After studying photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Gerold increasingly devoted himself to composing music as well as radio plays. Gerold’s works are initially created in the form of text and music, and are expanded into performances, installations and video works depending on the exhibition context.
For a solo exhibition at LambdaLambdaLambda, Pristina, Gerold created the piece Atmospheric Disturbances, 2018, which explores the jargon of weather forecasts in relation to descriptions of politics and political moods. Thus, he developed a space-consuming sound installation that dealt with the language of media coverage, but also with the predominant languages in Kosovo, Albanian and Serbian, emblematic of the political conflict in the country. Atmospheric Disturbances was performed as a live performance in 2019 as part of The Acoustic Form sound festival in Santander, expanded by a specially created film. The pop album Radio Pristina (2020), released in the wake of his residency in Kosovo, was released in the format of a web series. Gerold’s work seems to be consciously interested in the question of mediality of sound, without limiting himself to one format. An important reference figure in his work is the U.S. composer Robert Ashley, who died in 2014 and whose experimental, theatrical approach to sound and voice produced narrative pieces that immerse the listener in a different, surreal world. Similar to Ashley, Gerold’s practice is characterized by collaborative and independent work, most recently scoring the film works Prototypes I, Prototypes II (The Institute) by Irish artist Doireann O’Malley. An installation with multi-channel sound, performed as a double projection, was on view as part of the 2019 Gothenburg Biennial.
The commissioned, newly produced work will not only fill the main space of the HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, but will be produced in collaboration with a local radio station and thus broadcast beyond the architectural boundaries of the building.
Curated by Cathrin Mayer
is an artist and composer.
His work has been presented at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, at LambdaLambdaLambda, Prishtina; at fluent, Santander; mint, Stockholm; and the Gothenburg Biennial of Contemporary Art (in collaboration with Doireann O’ Malley). In spring 2021, a new radio play installation will be accompanied by an artist’s book published as part of the Ruisdael Fellowship the artist received.
Gerold releases pop music under his virtual alter ego wirefoxterrier, which is featured on the soundtrack of the LGBT teen drama SKAM Italia. The debut EP Radio Pristina was released in 2020.
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