Anna Schimkat, GER / by Peter Haynes

Anna Schimkat, GER

A partnership between WERK and Halle14, (Leipzig) created an open call opportunity for an artist based in Leipzig (Birmingham’s sister city) to create new work for Longbridge Light Festival in October 2014.

The commission was funded by Birmingham City University to support WERK’s ongoing EU sister city and international partnership development to create ongoing artistic and knowledge exchange opportunities.

Anna spent her time observing daily activity at Longbridge train station, becoming particularly focused on the rhythm of people moving through it. Her preoccupation with the experience and sensation of space lead her to create two site-specific sound works that capture the patterns of transient occupation that are so familiar in suburban train stations. She experimented with recording noise at the train station to create interactive soundscapes that were heard throughout the station on the night of the festival.

While in Longbridge Anna also performed 'Wind.’ The work is a collection of recordings of wind from around the world which have been merged into a composition. The recordings have been made in Italy, Syria, Germany, France, Canada, Spain and Great Britain. The roaring interference noises are the same but the reference to their point of origin gets lost with abstraction. The primarily 'unintentional noises' hover between musical arrangement and a collage of sound.

Listen to 'Wind' here.

In Anna's work, scientific research is the basis for developing an idea. She is interested in the processes, causes and rules of natural, social and cultural realities. She makes an assertion, observes and examines it. One main focus is her preoccupation with the experience and sensation of space, as well as sound in the context of space and space in the context of sound.

With the help of abstraction, Anna creates site-specific, accessible and physically sensual rooms and sound installations that interact with their respective contexts.