Sound as Touch is the main focus of Julia Giertz artistic work. It is also the name of Giertz’s 40 min audio piece for a surround system that on the one hand is touching upon the sensorial, the sensitive and the sensual and on the other hand uses energetic dissonances, heavy distortion and extreme bass in a way that charges the whole body with full sonic immersion.
In Sound as Touch the merging of auditory and tactile perception of the audience is in focus. Giertz works with the awareness of the highly responsive and finely tuned movements on the skin. It’s a type of touch that is not happening between bodies, but instead it is using a third medium; sound/air, to communicate. Furthermore, in this piece Giertz is exploring how the physical response of each audience member is linked to the notion of dissonance.
In Sound as Touch a connection between sound, silence, space, skin and movement emerges. The base of Giertz’s choreographic practice is the space where these concepts interact.
AUDIORAMA. The piece Sound as Touch was commissioned by MDT and the festival “Yeah! Another Fine Selection” in Stockholm, Sweden. It premiered at Audiorama on December 2nd 2016 and was originally created for 21 speakers. Click here to read more about the piece in Audiorama’s unique set-up
NORBERG. On Saturday July 29th (2017) Sound as Touch was presented at NORBERG FESTIVAL at Abrahamsgården as part of Material Fatigue & Audiorama: Inverted Volume of Sounds together with the installation Most Ghosts Hold Grudges by Susanna Jablonski (SE)
Saturday July 29h 13:00-14:00 Giertz is also participated in an artist talk as part Material Fatigue.
Photo: Vlad Brateanu
MIM STUUDIO. 14/6 (2017) Sound as Touch at MIM STUUDIO Tallinn, Wednesday June 14th at 19:00
Photo: MIM Stuudio, Tallinn
Here is an excerpt of the piece. Please note that the piece is created for a multichannel system with intense bass speakers, so this stereo version will not give the same experience.