Nervous Speakers, 2017
Sound installation, speakers, cable, media player, variable dimensions
Nadia Kaabi-Linke (b. 1978, Tunis, Tunisia) lives and works in Berlin.
The works of Kaabi-Linke give physical presence to that which tends to remain invisible, be it people, structures, or the geopolitical forces that shape them. Using a variety of materials and methods, Kaabi-Linke works in-situ on projects that relate directly to their exhibition sites.
Nervous Speakers, the artist’s sound installation for LB01 was a documentary installation that created a correlation between humans and their extreme dependency on mobile technologies. “We followed and hunted the phenomena in various waiting areas of citizen centers, registration of offices, airports and cafés, where we recorded it with hidden cameras. We noticed that restless legs syndrome is almost always combined with the excited use of mobile devices and chatting apps. The frequent occurrence of both activities, chatting and waggling, suggest a mutual dependency of technically transmitted communication and inner stress.”
Kaabi-Linke’s recent solo exhibitions include Versiegelte Zeit (Sealed Time) at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2017) and Walk the Line at Dallas Contemporary, TX, USA (2015) Her works were included in international group exhibitions at the Karachi Biennial (2017), Solomon A. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), Kochi-Muziris Biennial in Kerala, India (2012), the Venice Biennale (2011), and the Sharjah Biennial (2009), UAE.
Lahore Biennale Foundation