Arendse Krabbe: subsurface soundscapes

Photo: Mikkel Kaldal

Arendse Krabbe

Arendse Krabbe is a visual artist working with sound, video, performance, text, collective readings and listening situations. Through her artistic practice, she explores hidden structures and unheard voices from humans, other species and unknown dimensions. 

Arendse uses listening as a tool that engages the listener in the world. To listen without judging or analyzing, and to experience how the sounds pass through body and mind. In this way, listening can create new insights and communities across species, systems, boundaries and dimensions.

Photos: Mikkel Kaldal

sonic landscapes

With sonic landscapes Arendse has created a site-specific sound work for Struer, which focuses on the hidden systems that maintain the city and the people who live in it.

The work consists of three elements: a specially designed sewer cover, a sound work of five compositions composed of sound recordings from intestines and sewers to be heard from covers at five locations at Struer harbor, and a listening situation where participants experience sounds that make the nervous system relax triggering digestion.

The work has digestion as a consistent thematic figure, and points to the vital organic processes that often take place unnoticed. By working with the city's hidden systems; the public sewers, water drainage and wastewater treatment plants, the piece points to the idea of the city as a body and the analogy between the city’s and human being's inner digestive systems.

Photos: Mikkel Kaldal

Video: Mikkel Kaldal