Floating Sound Gallery

Alexander Felch

Alexander Felch, born 1978 in Vienna – resides in Vienna and St. Petersburg – is a curator and conceptual artist mainly working in the field of conceptual art, sound art, art in public space and video- and media art. 2013 – 2015 he was artistic director of Vienna`s biggest transmedial artist-run-space „mo.e“. Besides that he does works for tv and theatre and different art projects of variable formats.

Soviet noise / AM-Feld (2016).


On May 7, 1895 Alexander Stepanovitch Popov presented results of his research of a wireless lightning detector he had built that worked via using a coherer to detect radio noise from lightning strikes. On March 24, 1896, at the demonstration of the invention, he used radio waves to transmit message between different campus buildings in St. Petersburg. 

On May 7, 2011, Alexander Felch, Mikhael A. Crest and Snezhana Vinogradova transmitted 153 seconds of soviet noise via the Popov memorial radio station R1ASP in Kronstadt to the ether and placed it there as an acoustical monument. That soviet noise was found on audio tapes which were produced 1989 in soviet environment and therefore became artefacts and carriers of the information of this environment. The information remained untouched until this days` broadcast. 

On November 23, 2016 Alexander Felch and Paul Gründorfer will create a radiosignal, containing a sender built by Paul Gründorfer which will transmit another 30 minutes of the original soviet noise. This time portable radio receivers are supplied to catch the information of a Soviet environment and deliver it to nowadays Russian reality. 

Accompanying the installation there will be a talk about short distance radio transmitter, antennas and receivers. And as part of his research with self-made analogue devices for sound production, Paul Gründorfer will play on these devices once the radiosignal is turned down. 

– As a part of: Alexander Felch – Abstracts of soviet noise (2006-2016), happening nov. 22-26 on various locations in St. Petersburg.
Kindly supported by the federal chancellery of Austria.