The Sound is the Message

23. September 2022 — 02. October 2022

© Hendrik Vogel

Is the question of materializing the self the answer to the immaterializing of the digital? How do our body and our perception change in the blue light of digitization?

The reflections and reflexion of these questions can be found in the sound installation THE SOUND IS THE MASSAGE (SISTM) by Hendrik Vogel, media artist, scenographer and musician. In an immersive multi-channel rush through the evolution of sound signals – from the ancient flute to the mobile phone – the multitude of communication through sound is made tangible.

Bells, gongs, the sound bowl: sound fragments as parts of an acoustic pulse that for centuries guided our life and gave rhythm. The spiritual roots of sound communication have taken flight in the digital age: as a soundtrack to a society that dissolves and materializes at the same time. Between stress and relaxation, order and chaos, overstimulation and rabbit holes, digital sounds in all their variety envelope us like a second skin.

The invisible effects of these mechanisms on us and our nervous system are the research subject of SISTM as a multidimensional environment. SISTM is part of the exhibition THE SOUND IS THE MESSAGE at Kunstraum Luis Leu and will be complemented by the radio play DAS SCHWARZE RECHTECK (DSR) by Hendrik Vogel from 30.09.22 onwards.

Visitors to Karlsruhe, UNESCO City of Media Arts, are invited to get lost in the central question of our time: what is the impact of this multisensory massage on body and mind? Are the distances getting smaller while the thumbs are getting bigger?


Friday, 23 September 2022
6-9 pm: Opening SISTM, Luis Leu*
*from 9 pm: multi-channel afterhour, Querfunk Radio

Saturday, 24 September 2022
7-9 pm: Exhibition SISTM, Luis Leu*
*aftrewards open on request (

Friday, 30 September and Saturday, 1 October 2022
7-9 pm: Premiere of the radioplay DAS SCHWARZE RECHTECK (DSR) as multimedia sound installation, Luis Leu

Sunday, 2 Ocrober 2022
7-9 pm: Finissage SISTM & DSR, Luis Leu

Kunstraum Luis Leu, Luisenstraße 32, 76137 Karl­sruhe

Supported by the UNESCO City of Media Arts Karlsruhe 2021 project support program for media art.