freq_wave: 7 seas
curated by Carl Michael von Hausswolff

freq_wave by Carl Michael von Hausswolff. Sound installation commissioned and produced by TBA21–Academy. Still by Roberto Ruiz.
TBA21 on st_age

Web-based interactive sound installation
Commissioned and produced by TBA21–Academy 
Courtesy of the artists and TBA21–Academy

A freq_wave is a rogue wave: unpredictable, sudden, and can impact with tremendous force. This monster wave, curated by Carl Michael von Hausswolff, comprises 84 sound artists and composers contributing to a web-based interactive collaboration bringing oceanic creativity to the fore. It springs from a spontaneous act of solidarity, the will to connect and express ourselves. 
This is also an act of remembering. Our current health and economic crisis is inextricably linked to the long-lasting climate chaos, social inequalities and environmental injustices violently manifesting amongst many humans and other than humans around the world.  We see a future in collaboration, imagination, and a tiny bit of bravado, so we have created an extensive sound project spanning across seven seas to show how art and culture can make the complexities of marine degradation and pollution audible, and to bring attention to the delicate soundscapes of the sea. 

These trajectories inquire into the transformative processes unfolding in the global oceans by layering the information inscribed in their data sets in complex patterns, indicating the extent and magnitude of human intervention in the ocean. 

When the pieces are brought together, the interplay of noises will amount to a cross-section of the sea’s sonic and spatial dimensions, made accessible to the public in the form of performances, vinyl, and an interactive mixing platform.

freq_wave is a project commissioned by TBA21–Academy, and curated by Carl Michael von Hausswolff, inviting 84 sound artists to map the ocean’s many sounds through an interactive installation. It is the third in a series, following 12 freq_out live-installations between 2002 and 2017, and the collaboration with the Academy’s latest long-term research commission, Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation.  

A project that is framed under topic: Thinking from and within the oceans and that deals with Goal 14: Life Below water as trigger point but, overarches a deep concern on Climate Change (Goal 13). 
participating artists
Jana Winderen, Finnbogi Petursson, Tommi Grönlund/Petteri Nisunen, PerMagnus Lindborg, Mike Harding, Kent Tankred, BJNilsen, Jacob Kirkegaard, Maia Urstad, Christine Ödlund, Peter Rehberg, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Zavoloka, Dungeon Acid, Christopher Chaplin, Klara Lewis, Joachim Nordwall, Bethan Kellough, Christina, Kubisch, Anna von Hausswolff, Lise-Lotte Norelius, Francisco Meirino, Puce Mary, Nadine Byrne, Chris Watson, Ulf Bilting, Brandon LaBelle, JG Thirlwell, Dark Morph, Yann Novak, Chandra Shukla, Tim Story, Dorit Chrysler, Stephen O’Malley, John Duncan, Okkyung Lee, Maria Chavez, Randall Dunn / Chloe Alexandra Thompson, Kali Malone, Yan Jun, Gus Ferguson, Jim O’Rourke, Minoru Sato, Bana Haffar, Dickson Dee, Ryoji Ikeda, Basel Abbas/Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Kim Ngọc, James Webb, Lawrence English, Francisco Lopez, Cielo Vargas, Felix Blume, Leonel Vásquez, Aoki Takamasa, Jonny Nash/Esmee Geerken, RAMZi, Alice Eldridge, Lisa Schonberg, Asma Ghanem, Yannick Dauby, Von Lichtern, Sun Araw, Manja Ristić, Maia Koenig, Yambe Tam/Dylan Henry Price, Soundwalk Collective, Dror Feiler, Tatiana Zobnina/Alonso Vázquez, Mats Lindström, Mark Fell, Adi Newton, Lary 7, Carl Abrahamsson, Tetsuo Furudate, Leif Elggren, Robert Crouch, Schneider TM, Zachary Paul, Thierry Charollais, Michael Esposito, Scot Jenerik, Daniel Menche, Scanner TM