Episode 17: Timo Kahlen

Timo Kahlen
Bits & Pieces


Bits & Pieces lures the listener into an ear-catching, evocative sonic terrain, an acoustic metaphor of current political and economic crises. At first impression Bits & Pieces seems only like a haphazard accumulation of static noise, dirt, and interference on the listener’s radio, but the radiophonic work soon turns into the precise acoustic image of a protagonist’s footsteps on a brittle, fragile, inconsistent surface: literally and conceptually walking on ‘breaking ground’, audibly de-constructing, re-evaluating, tearing, revising and editing his world.

This conceptual work, which focuses on the destructive process of ‘progress’, was made especially for radio transmission on Radius.


Sound sculptor and media artist Timo Kahlen (born 1966), nominated for the German national “Sound Art Prize” (“Deutscher Klangkunst-Preis”) in 2006, has presented his experimental media work in more than 90 solo and group exhibitions since the mid-1980s. Exhibitions include “Tonspur expanded: The Loudspeaker” (Vienna 2011), the “60x60” project (New York 2009), “MANIFESTA 7” (Italy 2008), “Sound Art 2006” (Marl, Cologne, Duisburg), “Wireless Experience” (Helsinki 2004), “Zeitskulptur” (Linz 1997) and “Timo Kahlen: Works with Wind”, which inaugurated the Kunst-Werke Berlin in 1991. Timo Kahlen lives and works in Berlin, Germany.