Since the late 1970s, Christina Kubisch has been working with the system of electromagnetic induction, which she has developed from a basic technique into an individual artistic tool. In 2003, she started the series Electrical Walks in public space, which trace the electro-magnetic fields of urban environments in the form of city walks by which the acoustic qualities of aboveground and underground electromagnetic fields become amplified and audible.
The palette of these sounds, their timbre and volume vary from site to site and from country to country. But they have one thing in common: they are everywhere, even where one would not expect them. Light systems, wireless communication systems, radar systems, anti-theft security devices, surveillance cameras, cell phones, computers, streetcar cables, antennae, navigation systems, automated teller machines, wireless internet, neon advertising, public transportation networks, etc. create electrical fields that are as if hidden under the cloaks of invisibility, but of incredible presence.
Electrical Walks are an invitation to a special kind of investigation. With custom-made induction headphones and a map of the environs upon which the possible routes and especially interesting electrical fields are marked, the visitor can set off on his own or in a group. The perception of everyday reality changes when one listens to the electromagnetic fields: what seems familiar appears in a different context. Nothing looks the way it sounds. And nothing sounds the way it looks.
Electrical Walks Zagreb 2021 is the walk Nr. 84 of the series which has been presented worldwide.