Noise Rag

dt.: Geräuschfetzen

Interactive object, 2015

Materials: Arduino UNO, Adafruit MP3 shield, conductive yarn, felted wool, speakers, custom made circuit boards, polymorph plastic


Developed during a residency in Reykjavik, the object is a result of research in interaction techniques and textile sensors.
People were invited to use the object made of felt, elastic and conductive yarn and change the preprogrammed rhythm of the piece.
The title refers to bits of sound that were discovered during the residency.
The piece can be reporgrammed by one or more persons, the resulting rhythms that occur after a while remind of drilling sounds, alarms and low hums and heavy machinery – a sound poem that is constantly reprocessed and subject to change through tearing and reconnecting.

Materials used in the stretch sensors have been inspired by this instructable of push_reset and KOBAKANT

Also see this tutorial on how to connect analog sensors


Experimental/participative documentary
Concept by Theresa Novotny

Role: Film editor, participant in exhibition

Year: 2015

Duration: 17’29“

„Rhizomnia“ was a 3-day-long „art film shoot“ that included performances, an exhibition and many creative encounters at the former „Jurassic Park“ in Traismauer, Lower Austria.
Visitors were invited to capture their experience with their cameras and phones, participating in the production of the film.


ephemeral patterns


In my artistic work I use physiological rhythms, brain activity measurements during non-tangible states of consciousness, as a basis for the movement of kinetic sculptures. Digital scan works revolve around the transformation of different kinds of movement produced by „natural“ rhythms like canvases moved by wind or sea waves.

During an artist-in-residence stay at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania (March, 2014) natural rhythms in the nearby National Park and in the village of Nida were discovered and used as artistic dataset.

“Ephemeral patterns” were collected, filtered and translated during the time in the colony. They were recorded during moments were perception was either heightened or in a contemplative mode.

Some of them can be sonified with electronic devices producing new patterns, referring to the difficulty or impossibility of measuring mental states or particular feelings and how we only approximate and are not able to depict phenomenons or the memory of them without modification.

Texts were collected from inhabitants and visitors, formed while being in the in-between-state of falling asleep, and meshed up to the sentence:

“In the name of the father this is the last thing you documented for the dogs.”

The collection of works is framed by a kinetic object, its form developed automatically.

In combination they can be seen as an ephemeral print of the location and the people residing there at the time of the stay.

Neringa, kinetic sculpture

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photo by Natacha Paganelli


The sound accompanying the video is a „foley“-recording, produced in the studio in order to recreate the cracking sound of ice,  echoing the melt down in the lagoon in Nida.

This is a device to sonify patterns of movement, recorded during sunset at the beach near Nida Art Colony, during a windy day in Nida village and during a foggy day in the Parnidden Dunes.


Sunset at the beach, translation 1

canvas, translation 2

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Parnidden Dune, translation 3



rhythmic study, waves 1

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rhythmic study, waves 2



This is a device to sonify images painted or dripped shortly after waking up.

The circuit has been adapted from a noise maker tutorial via


This art project has been financed with the support of the Land of Lower Austria //
Gefördert durch das Land Niederösterreich


reconfigure(d) – object 1

Kinetic Object, 100x200x40cm


Techniques: Spring steel wire and knitted copper wire, Nitinol-mechanism, Raschendorfer Shift-shield, Arduino-microcontroller, Ultrasonic Sensor

The sculptures “reconfigure(d) – object 1” and “reconfigure(d) – object 2” are part of a series of kinetic objects dealing with elusive states of consciousness and the translation of brain activity measurements into rhythms.
The measurements were taken between sleep and wakefulness.
With this body of work I am studying the plasticity of human cognitive style in relation to artistic and scientific research practice, questioning the idea of predictability of human behavior.

Laura Skocek, 2013

Sponsored by BMUKK for the participation at New Future (Museo di Palazzo Poggi, Bologna, Italy), Bjcem – Association Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée



sentient (being) reconfigure(d)


Technik: Federstahldraht, gestrickter Kupferlackdraht, Nitinolmechanismus, Platine, Arduino, Kinect

2010 / 2012

Die Installation „sentient (being)“, hergestellt für den Schauraum der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien (Electric Avenue, Museumsquartier, 2010), wurde für die Ausstellung reconfigure(d) im November 2012 in den Räumlichkeiten des Yppenplatz 9 weiterentwickelt.

Laura Skocek, Raffaela Gras und Lena Schwentenwein haben eine Grammatik entwickelt, die es erlaubt, mit dem Objekt über Bewegungsmuster zu kommunizieren.
Die gegenseitige Beeinflussung von Performerin und Objekt ruft im jeweils anderen neue Verhaltensweisen hervor. Basis der Bewegungen des Objekts sind Rhyhtmen, die aus der Messung von Gehirnaktivität während des Einschlafens abgeleitet wurden.


Zusätzlich wurde der Poet Joshua Muyiwa (Bangalore, Indien) eingeladen ein Gedicht für die Ausstellung zu verfassen. Die Aufzeichnugn der Lesung wurde an zwei Abenden gespielt.

Idee, Konzept: Laura Skocek
Material und Raumkonzept in Kollaboration mit Lena Schwentenwein
Performance: Raffaela Gras
Lyrik: Joshua Muyiwa
Elektronik: Lukas Raschendorfer
Video: Christoph Gruber, Laura Russo, Jennifer Schwartze

sentient (being)

Installation, 2010


Photo by Peter Kainz


One barely notices the phase between sleep and wakefulness.

Experiences of the last dream may still have an effect, bits of information, still lingering from the hours before falling asleep, fade away.

For the installation sentient (being) a physiological rhythm measured during that phase is being transferred onto an object, seemingly bringing it to life.

– Laura Skocek, 2010


Material and room concept in cooperation with Lena Schwentenwein



We live in the age of the quantified self. Physiological data is recorded over periods of time, the evaluation and interpretation is done by machines.

Electroencephalography and imaging methods are used to measure patterns in brain activity during cognitive processes or affective states. Bionic limbs, deemed Science Fiction not so long ago, can be controlled via EEG-based technology.

The translation of thoughts into the physical world seems to be close at hand.

How does an object behave that is being fed with data derived from brain activity measurement results?

The installation sentient (being) is a result of artistic research delving into that question.

Knitted tubes in combination with modular parts made of steel wire shape an irregularly textured, dynamic body that is adapted to the Schauraum Angewandte. The motion dynamics are algorithmically arranged impulses, derived from measurements of a physiological rhythm.

Laura Skocek went to a sleep lab in order to identify her cognitive imprint during the phase between sleep and wakefulness.


August, 5th- September, 25th 2010, 10am – 10pm,

Angewandte Showroom, MQ Vienna, Electric Avenue

Finissage: Sept. 23rd, 19h


sponsored by TU Graz E-Power Racing



Flickr Set


Thanks to: Robert Brenn, Wolfgang Fiel, Christoph Gruber, Hedy Howe, Lydia Lindner, Christian Löw, Lukas Raschendorfer, Laura Russo, Ruth Schnell, Veronika Schnell, Senf TV, Robert Skocek, Doris Skocek, Verena Skocek and many more

Schauraum Digitale Kunst

broadcast media sculptures

In 2009 participation at „Broadcast Media Sculptures„, an EU-project organised by Radio Orange 94.0 in collaboration with other stations in Amsterdam, Budapest, Sofia and London.



Residency at Radio 94.0: development of a radio program, video installations and a performance with Christine Schörkhuber, Marianna Tscharkwianni and Barbara Kaiser

The four artists were invited to develop an artwork dealing with the future of mass media. The approach was an intended reduction of stimuli and the main work consisted of three radio broadcasts titled: „Der Erhalt der Stille“ (engl.: The Preservation of Silence) where the emergency program of the radio station was tricked. As soon as there is no sound on air this mechanism will play music. The artists managed to preserve the silence and to stop it by producing minimal sounds at the onset of the program.
During the second broadcast „Die Utopie der Stille“ (engl.: The Utopia of Silence) the possibilties of silence were discussed and during the third „Epochale Klänge“ (engl.: Epic Sounds) types of background noise were played that might have been perceived as silence (or rather not perceived) during specific epochs.

The first broadcast was repeated under the title „EngineNoSound“ on Ö1 radio in 2012.


U4 from viablethings on Vimeo.


Mind Out!

Animated music video

Year: 2008

Duration: 3’30“

In collaboration with Jennifer Biechele

Produced for the 10th anniversary of the female:pressure network (featuring female artists in electronic music, visual and performing arts).


Music by Belgian musician Chez Debs
Starring actress Schirin Charlot & Potatozilla
Distributed by hardwax Berlin