Issue #04 on Installations


We are happy to announce the fourth issue of grapefruits, presenting six female* composers and sound artists with different approaches towards sound installations:
The work of Shadwa Ali is characterised by a playful reflexion of human psychology. Her sound-based installations examine inter-human relations as well as the relationship between people and their environment, for which she uses electronic sounds, field recordings and other types of media. In Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s installation Ankersentrum (surviving in the ruinous ruin) the whistle forms the audible center being a musical instrument as well as an instrument of protest. Portland-based Brenna Murphy creates surreal, and participatory spaces where protagonists are encouraged to wander and explore. Through her works you will step into another state of mind. In her installation Camille Norment deals with tension and with the euphoric and traumatic effects of sound by exploring the music of glass. Claudia Robles-Angel turns the human body into a musical and visual instrument by implementing biofeedback methods into her multimedia installations and performances. Alba Triana is a Colombian composer, currently residing in Miami, who has more recently focused on creating inaudible sound installations. Enjoy reading!

Composing Sound Installations

After the previous issues on Performance (#02) and Instruments (#03) it seemed necessary to write about Installations as well. Apparently, the boundaries of those categories are blurry. […]

Shadwa Ali nb

Photo: Shadwa Ali by Shadwa Ali.

Sand is a material likely to be ignored in places full of it. But it can turn into a vivid material by movement, vibration and sound as soon as one gets closer to it and become quiet again as soon as one walks away. Shadwa Ali’s work Magic Sand (2017) plays with attention, movement and sound by using sand as a central element of her acoustic and visual installation. […]
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Natascha Sadr Haghighian tn

Photo: Natascha Sadr Haghighian by Jasper Kettner.

The whistle forms the conceptual and concrete audible center of the installation Ankersentrum (surviving in the ruinous ruin), which Natascha Sadr Haghighian showed in the German Pavilion of the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2019. Its sound permeates both the walls of the monumental building in the Giardini from 1938 and the wall that the artist has built in the interior of the Pavilion. The installation tells in multiple voices of migration, isolation, national economic interests in globalization and the continuity of colonialism. […]
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Brenna Murphy ek

Photo: Brenna Murphy by Walter Wlodarczyk.

You can watch, listen to, or move through Brenna Murphy’s work. Often, everything can happen at once. Either way you are drawn into a labyrinth of hypnotic shapes, sounds and details. Shells become sound generators, the touch of another person changes the light in the room and everything begins to crackle. One wishes to become such a detail oneself and
sometimes this wish is even fulfilled. […]
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Camille Norment ds

Photo: Camille Norment by Herman Dreyer.

Camille Norment is a multi-media artist born in the US and based in Oslo, Norway. Her work, which includes live performance, installation, drawing and recorded sound, explores the socio-political encoding of sound historically and recently. It deals with somatic and cognitive experiences. Cultural psychoacoustics play a huge role in Norment’s critical art and build an aesthetic and conceptual framework. […]
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Claudia Robles-Angel hh

Photo: Claudia Robles-Angel by Constantinos Samaras.

Claudia’s art creates something magical – through biofeedback, she translates real-time scientific data into sound and light, and in turn, connects the visitor with their inner human self. Although her works are highly technical and research-driven, at its core, each installation and performance focuses on the most human emotions ranging from stress to empathy. […]
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Alba Triana dm

Photo: Alba Triana by Andrés Henao.

Cierro los ojos para poder ver – a quote by Paul Gaugin that fits quite well with Alba Fernanda Triana’s way of composing, although when one looks at her more recent sound installations, a slight variation comes to mind: I shut my ears in order to hear.
The afore mentioned quote appears in the program notes for the 2007 concert held in Bogota at the Luis Ángel Arango Library’s Concert Hall, consisting solely of works by Alba Fernanda Triana. She wrote as well the program notes, something that is not so commonly seen, at least in the history of this concert series. […]
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dm Aura Danielle Muñoz Barragán
ds Dora Schilling
ek Elisa Kühnl
hh Helene Heuser
nb Nathalie Brum
tn Theresa Nink


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Issue #08 about Voice


Issue #07 about Public Space


Issue #06 about Rhythm


Issue #05 about Punk


Issue #04 about Installations


Issue #03 about Instruments


Issue #02 about Performance


Issue #01 about Imaginary Sound