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|