Thom Kubli (DE/CH)


Radiosands is comprised of sixteen identical radios specifically designed for the installation. They float upon delicate pedestals within the exhibition space. The audio fragments emitted from the radios are based on search results generated by algorithms that scan the local FM radio frequencies for predefined terms. Like Facebook’s algorithms, they select information to be heard on the radios in real time. Audio excerpts from various broadcasts re-organize within the site to create a spatial choreography of sound. Fragments of spoken sentences from different sources join together to form new meanings. The installation Radiosands is always site-specific, as it uses the programs of the local broadcast stations and transfers them into the exhibition space.
The project is a collaboration between Thom Kubli and scientists from the Institute for Applied Simulation at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).


Project Credits:

  • Artistic Idea, Composition: Thom Kubli
  • Research Direction ZHAW: Dr. Sven Hirsch
  • Computer Language: Dr. Manuel Gil, Dr. Martin Schüle
  • Programming: Lydia Ickler, Norman Juchler
  • Text by Tina Sauerlander
  • With the helpful support of: Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Hasler Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences), HeK Basel and Ars Electronica.
  • Special thanks to Speechmatics for making the Speech Recognition Engine available.
  • Supported by Austrian Broadcasting Services (ORS)


Thom Kubli (DE/CH) works as artist and composer in Berlin. In his practice, he draws inspiration from the fields of sound composition, sculpture, science and new technologies. His performances and installation pieces have been shown internationally, e.g. at the New Museum of Contemporary Art NYC, Ars Electronica Linz, HeK Basel, Eyebeam NYC, FILE São Paulo and in numerous art galleries.