Her Noise Archive is a resource of collected materials investigating music and sound histories in relation to gender, bringing together a wide network of women artists who use sound as a medium. The archive originated in the research and materials collected by curators Lina Džuverović and Anne Hilde Neset for the exhibition Her Noise at the South London Gallery in 2005. The Exhibition's curators conducted dozens of interviews with artists and compiled sound recordings and printed materials which grew to form the Her Noise Archive.
The physical archive, initially donated to CRiSAP in 2010, is now permanently housed at University of the Arts London, Archives and Special Collections at London College of Communication (LCC). It includes over 60 videos, 300 audio recordings, 40 books and catalogues and 250 fanzines as well as administrative records. A catalogue of the archive is available onsite, where it can be visited by appointment.
The digital material from the archive is made more widely available and extended with other digital materials in an online archive, hernoise.org. This online archive operates as a ‘living archive’ and the content is regularly activated through student projects, research projects & events, contributions from invited guest curators and artworks from LCC MA Sound Arts students, who have, since 2011, made work in response to the archive. Researcher Holly Ingleton is actively engaged in curating the online archive, and the Her Noise project as a whole is being developed in collaboration with Electra.
Research & Events Include:
- Sound :: Gender :: Feminism :: Activism, 2016, White Noise This two day conference sought to listen together to the complex interplay between the auditory and social protocols of White Noise.
- SGFA Zine Celebrating a growing network of people working within, through and beyond the fields of sound, feminism and gender who have contributed to the SGFA events of 2012 and 2014.
- Sound :: Gender :: Feminism :: Activism, 2014 This two-day symposium incorporated presentations, performances and screenings from academics, musicians, artists and performers selected through a peer-review process exploring the question What, in the historical present, might constitute an activist life in sound? ... read more.
- Here are some scores for you to do, 2014 An intensive weekend-long exploration of the feminist performance score through a number of modalities including reading, listening, watching, discussion, play and performance ... read more.
- Sound :: Gender :: Feminism :: Activism, 2012 A postgraduate event that focused on the role of gender in sound-based arts and experimental musics, following on from the Her Noise: Feminisms and the Sonic symposium at Tate Modern in May 2012.
- Her Noise: Feminisms and the Sonic, 2012 A series of events at Tate Modern investigating feminist discourses in sound and music through a programme of talks, performances, discussions and film screening ... read more.
- Her Noise student collaboration with Oslo National Academy of the Arts and LCC’s MA Sound Arts students, 2013 Making work in response to the Her Noise Archive, the project started with a visit to LCC in September and culminated with presentations of work in Oslo in December .... read more.
- Her Noise and LCC’s MA Sound Arts student projects, ongoing Each year MA Sound Arts students at LCC make a piece of work in response to the Her Noise Archive. It is the student's first project set in their one year practice based research course ... read more.
Image from the Her Noise Archive