You Never Know

Project | Interactive Media Installation (2012,2013,2015)
Tactile sound space by Hillevi Munthe & Elisabeth Schimana
Coproduced by Atelier Nord, Oslo, and IMA Institute for Media Archeology, Hainburg

IMA Soundgalerie, Klosterhof Hainburg
15 09 2012 - 17 01 2013 IMA Soundgalerie | Intime Räume , Hainburg
10 10 2013 - 27 10 2013 ANX | Haptosonics, Oslo
17 09 2015 - 15 12 2015 Kaunas Biennial | Kaunas
17 11 2016 - 31 01 2017 Klangraum Fröbelgasse, Vienna


The sculpture is a tactile, intimate sound space designed to accommodate one person. It invites the visitor to enter and touch it. It reacts.

Intimate spaces are in constant motion, are ambivalent. They can occur anywhere and are not clearly perceptible. They are characterized by utopias of intimacy, permanence, and the fulfilment of our yearnings. At the same time they are places of vulnerability and fragility. Intimacy is something wild that expresses itself in innumerable and unforseeable forms. It aspires to create stories about itself and others and needs only very few signs and gestures to communicate. It generates an aesthetics of attachments.

The intimacy of artistic expressions creates experienceable spaces: fragile, vulnerable, unforeseeable.

The idea behind You Never Know and its form come from thinking about movement. All parts are flexible: the semi-stable metal frame, the moving textile skin that applies shape memory alloy technology (muscle wire), or the sound flowing over the object. Touch sensors allow the visitors to interact with the objects.

Intimate spaces are flexible spaces, unforeseeable. So, you never know...

Conception: Hillevi Munthe & Elisabeth Schimana
Textile skin, muscle wire, sensors: Hillevi Munthe
Sound and interaction: Elisabeth Schimana
Metal work: Eskil Tin
Technical supervision: Norbert Math, Günther Schiebeck, Peter Donhauser, Hans Wilmers

Supported by: niederösterreich kultur, bundeskanzleramt : kunst, Austrian Embassy Oslo, Austrian Embassy Vilnius, Arts Council Norway, NOTAM (Norsk Senter for Teknologii Musikk og Kunst), PNEK (Production Network for Electronic Art, Norway)

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Hillevi Munthe

is Project Manager and Curator for the project Soft Technology. She is an art historian and a textile artist working with textile materials. As an artist Hillevi explores textile electronics focusing on creating textiles with seemingly basic living functions like breath and simple responses to the surroundings. She experiments with shape memory materials and conductive ink for printed textile circuit boards. Hillevi has also been Project Manager and Producer for art festivals and exhibitions including Oslo Open, Urban Interface|Oslo and Piksel Festival. | homepage

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