Hannah Weinberger works with performance, video and installation, with a special emphasis on sound. She not only collaborates with artist friends; she also likes to get participants involved in performance workshops and to integrate exhibition visitors into her works. Her audio and video works are primarily based on premade material in digital form, which serves as a standard for further use. Weinberger combines these short melodies and sound bites from cartoons and nature with her own personal recordings to form compositions of pictures and sounds. 

In her exhibition As if I became upside down, right side up at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof in the summer of 2015, Hannah Weinberger presented six boulders from Switzerland. These she transformed into resonating sound boxes by placing magnets inside their hollowed-out centres, turning them instruments activated by sound. For each boulder, Weinberger developed a unique audio sequence consisting of personal recordings and premade sounds. As an ensemble, the boulders played a 60-minute composition much like the familiar ambient music in 4/4 time found in commercials, waiting rooms, transit lounges, event halls and wellness spas. As a result, her personal audio memories were processed into something familiar and commonplace, and vice versa. 

For her special artist’s edition (Jahresgabe), Weinberger focused on the idea of onomatopoeia (the phonetic imitation of non-verbal sounds through verbal means). Weinberger selected more than one hundred onomatopoetic words and printed each separately in black and white on sheets of paper in letter format. The result is a compendium of onomatopoeia: “flutter fisst fwoosh gasp swish swoosh whiff whoosh whizz whip whisper bam bang clang clank clap clatter click clink ding jingle screech slap thud thump bloop splash spray sprinkle squirt drip drizzle giggle growl grunt gurgle mumble murmur bawl belch chatter blurt arf baa bark bray buzz cheep chirp chortle cluck cock-a- doodle- doo cuckoo hiss hubba meow moo neigh oink purr quack ribbit tweet warble abrakada bra achoo ahem argh baa babble bah bam bang bark bash bashed bashing bawl bawled bawling beep belch bing blab blag blang blare blast bleat bloop blubber blurt boing boink bong bonk boo boohoo boom bowwow brush bubble bump burp buzz caw chatter chirp chitchat chomp choo choochoo chug clack clang clank clap clash clatter click clink clop clout cluck clunk cocka doodle doo cough ... créu poing muuuuu miau au au zum zum ploft / lalala aaaaaah lala.” Weinberger also relied on a similar selection of onomatopoetic words in her contribution to Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing project do it, in which the instructions of several artists are collected in a book and shown in an accompanying exhibition. In that project, Weinberger invited the audience to take these words and use them in different ways in various media or to perform them. For her current artist’s edition for the Kv.H.Bf, the words can be bought individually, in pairs or in groups. The edition is also open-ended, in keeping with Weinberger’s approach to the material. 

Hannah Weinberger (born 1988, Swiss/American) studied at the Schule für Gestaltung (School of Design) in Basel and the Hochschule der Künste (University of the Arts) in Zurich, where she earned a master’s degree. She has exhibited her works internationally in solo shows at the Kunsthalle Basel (2012), KUB Arena in Bregenz (2014), MIT in Boston (2015) and Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof in Hamburg (2015), and she has also participated in several group shows, including the 12th Biennale de Lyon (2013). She is co-director of the project room Elaine at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel and is a member of the board of directors of the Kunsthalle Basel. Her show at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof was her first solo exhibition at a German institution. 

You can reserve or order annual editions (Jahresgaben) by email. Just send us an email to info@kvhbf.de. You can also email us if you have any questions or would like more information. The presentation of the annual editions (Jahresgaben) will be on 13 December 2015 at 5 p.m., after which annual editions can be viewed by appointment.