Surface Tension

exhibitions supplements

Following the publication of Surface Tension: Problematics of Site in 2003, Surface Tension appears regularly as a series of published Supplements (launched 2006) that continues the artistic and philosophical program initiated in the original anthology. The series addresses questions of site-specific art, public and architectural space, and location-based practices, supporting investigations onto public practices through writing, documentation, and field work, while questioning what role such practices can offer in defining contemporary culture.

series editors: Ken Ehrlich (Los Angeles) and Brandon LaBelle (Berlin)

Surface Tension Supplement No 1
Surface Tension Supplement No 2
Surface Tension Supplement No 3
Surface Tension Supplement No 4
Surface Tension Supplement No 5
Surface Tension Supplement No 6


Brandon LaBelle, Introduction
Stine Hebert, Locating Oslo
Federica Bueti, Nothing to see in the Mirror: or the perpetual movement of sound
Sophie Gosselin and David gé Bartoli, On a common melody


Siri Austeen – “Hum of the Tram”
Brandon LaBelle –“Diary of a Stranger”
Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl –“Bike Circuit”
Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec – “Reality Soundtrack” & “Virtual Mirror - Sound” (with interview by Samuel Vriezen)
Jana Winderen – “Noise and Imagination” (with text by Mike Harding)

CD project:

Each book includes one of five produced CDs by the participating artists.

Supplement No. 4 - Manual for the construction of a sound as a device to elaborate social connection
Edited by Brandon LaBelle
ISBN: 978-0-9772594-8-9

Organized as a temporary working group, the Manual project set out to explore sound and auditory experience as platforms for social meeting, urban intervention and environmental investigation. Developed in collaboration with Atelier Nord and the Ultima festival and staged in Oslo in 2009, the project brought together six artists from around Europe engaged in experimental media practices. The project functioned as a series of process-oriented field studies of the city, involving locational research, performative actions and public discussion. Such an approach aimed to use sound as a process of temporal and social exchange. The works involved supplemented objective perspectives with face-to-face interactions, secret interventions, and transmissions so as to bring forward amplifications of city life.

Including artistic works and materials by Siri Austeen (Norway), Brandon LaBelle (US/Germany), Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (Slovenia/Holland), Kristina Lindström & Åsa Ståhl (Sweden), and Jana Winderen (Norway).

Further essay contributions by curators and philosophers Federica Bueti, Sophie Gosselin & David gé Bartoli, Mike Harding and Stine Hebert.