Stefan Roigk is a sound artist as well as sculptor and draftsman. His works are sculptures and sounding objects, acoustic collages and installations. A symbol of this work are the cables that stand for the flowing of energy and sound information, but also for the streaming of body fluids. Finally the work is shaped by the tension between reality and abstraction.

Roigk distils his sounds from everyday life or he creates them with commonplace subjects: the buzzing of motor vehicles and tape recorders; mouth noises and squealing rubber toys; the wagging of wet diapers. The sounds of our apartments – rattling of heaters, shuffling of chairs – can be heard as well as the production of sound by a human body: shrieking, clicking of fingers, whispering, rattling, blowing, pulsing. Not least Roigk is concerned with the sounds created by our technological and plastic envirenment: network hum, sine waves and polystyrene cracking, the sound of bubble foil and disposable crockery.

Roigk’s sound descriptions explain that all of this comes from blowing, rubbing, crackling, scratching and squeaking; thus the artist indicates that the noises have identifiable sources, however, they are also meant to be perceived as abstract sounds. Roigk tells us – mysterious, exciting – stories and creates pure sound structures at the same time.

The same is true for the sculptural parts that combine abstract forms with identifiable things and possible assiciations with reality. Roigk’s early works have a more minimalist approach, in the later ones their collage-like structures tend to resemble their sound qualities. Walkman comes along as a combination of baby carriage, garbage handcart and walker, upOmorning
associates hospital beds, upat6es&7s might be the attached isolation enclosure. Thrillers with morgues and hospital soaps explain again and again what the multitude of drains are there for. Repulsive plastic material stresses the artificiality of the scenery.

Expanded music unites a small Armada of waste material, partially collected by Roigk over a long period of time. Pieces of paper tableware, turned into silicone and papier-mâché, lie next to rubber mats, speakers and a sea of cables. Spread across the floor they resemble a score by John Cage or the free floating of paint by Jackson Pollock – both artists have influenced Stefan Roigk strongly. Imaginary soundscape no. 6 is the only work without sound and follows the tradtion – as an hommage to Cage – of virtual music. All the more the expressive look of the black silicone shapes is underlined: as so often with Roigk we think of Hitchcock thrillers, in this case The Birds, with some staccato sounds rather Psycho.

In the end Stefan Roigk is not only concerned with combining the visual and the audible arts; he aims at – for himself – an extension of the means of expression and – for us, the audience – the enhancement of perception. One might also say: He is concerned with bringing the whole world into his art.


1974 born in Bückeburg
1996-1998 studied visual communikation; FH Hanover
1998-2001 studied sound art and sculpture with Ulrich Eller and Dietrich Klakow; FH Hanover
2001-2002 Masters Degree, Prof. Ulrich Eller; FH Hanover
  Lives and works in Berlin

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2015 “frombergMIX 2015” ESS, Audible Gallery, Chicago
“Entre limites” (with Mario de Vega), MACAZ Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Alfredo Zalce, Morelia, Mexiko
2014 “expandedMUSIC”, Rumpsti Pumsti (Musik), Berlin
“bursting confidence”, Le Bon Accueil, Rennes
2013 “expanded”, Atelier Grammophon, Hanover
“Imaginary Soundscape No. 6”, Kunstraum Michael Barthel, Leipzig
“bursting confidence”, Singuhr Hörgalerie im Kunsthaus Meinblau, Berlin
2012 “Doublette”, Kunstraum Michael Barthel, Leipzig (with Daniela Fromberg)
2011 “Long overdue. Or a total waste of audio flashbacks?”, Kunstverein Celle
2010 “Crystal Castle”, Ausland, Berlin
“The line between”, Kunstraum Michael Barthel, Leipzig
2009 “Air. Campink”,  O’Artoteca, Milan (with Antonio O’Connell)
“Swarm”, Kuttner Siebert Galerie, Berlin
2007 “Black Out”, Kuttner Siebert Galerie, Berlin (with Karin Hueber)

Group shows (selection)

2015 “EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS”, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin
2013 “The End is the Beginning”, The Wand, Berlin
“Marler Medienkunst-Preise 2013”, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl
“Skan II”, Skan II, Riga
2012 “Believe”, Neue Kunst in Alten Gärten, Lenthe
2011 “Drawings, sounds & ambiences”, Fishing Art & Aound e.V. ,Cuxhaven
“Inside out”, Kunstallianz 1, Berlin
2010 “I’m using a chicken to measure it”, Galerie Hunchentoot, Berlin
2009 “Ostrale 09. International exhibition for contemporary art”, Ostragehege, Dresden
2008 “Worpswelten”, Kunstverein Göttingen
“Spielend. M1”, Arthur-Boskamp-Stiftung, Hohenlockstedt
“It happens to be this”, Artists’ houses Worpswede
2006 “Apparatus” Program, Berlin
“Sonambiente 2006”, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

grants and awards (selection

2015 Scholarship for sound art, Braunschweig Projects, Hochschule für bildende Künste Braunschweig and Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur
2013 Scholarship for the visual arts, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn
Nomination for the German Sound Art Award 2013, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, wdr 3 initiative hören
2008 Residency for sound art, Barkenhoff-Stiftung, Worpswede and Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur
2004 Scholarship for the visual arts, Ministerium für Forschung und Kultur in Niedersachsen