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Tim Otto Roth: AIS³ [aiskju:b]

Tim Otto Roth: AIS³ [aiskju:b]
Photo: Tim Otto Roth

Eröffnung am 28. August 2018 | Opening on august 28, 2018

Eröffnung am 28. August 2018 | Opening on august 28, 2018
Photo: Tim Otto Roth

Familien in der Ausstellung | Families in the exhibiton

Familien in der Ausstellung | Families in the exhibiton
Photo: Tim Otto Roth

AIS³ [aiskju:b]

A Sound Laboratory by Tim Otto Roth in Cooperation with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory

AIS³ [aiskju:b]

A Sound Laboratory by Tim Otto Roth in Cooperation with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory


August 28 – September 16, 2018

Exhibition opening:

Tuesday, 28. August 2018, 7–9 p.m.

Opening hours:

Monday through Friday 3–9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 12–9 p.m.
Free admission.


St. Elisabeth
Invalidenstr. 3
10115 Berlin-Mitte

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On August 28, 2018, the latest light and sound installation by artist Tim Otto Roth, “AIS³ [aiskju:b],” will go on display in Berlin. AIS³ stands for the three-dimensional “Astroparticle Immersive Synthesizer” and at the same time alludes to the name of the world’s largest particle detector: IceCube. This instrument records cosmic neutrinos in the deep ice of the South Pole. The exhibition, which will be on view at St. Elisabeth’s Church, Berlin-Mitte, until September 16, will be accompanied by a series of scientific lectures and conclude with a two-day symposium.

A spatial installation of 444 luminescent spherical loudspeakers suspended from the ceiling will alter the cultural church St. Elisabeth in the heart of Berlin this summer. Sounds travel through space – sometimes softly like a rain shower, at other times like an eruption, so the visitor feels invited to move and become immersed in the light and sound environment in the darkened space. Upon closer inspection, this fascinating instrument weaving microtonal sound carpets turns out to be an artistic-compositional interpretation of data from the craziest telescope in the world: the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, which consists of 5,160 light sensors that are frozen deep into the 3 km thick ice glacier above the South Pole. In total they cover a full cubic kilometer of ice. The sensors record tiny light flashes, which are generated in the rare interactions of neutrinos, the so-called “ghost” particles. The measured spherical or track-like energetic motion is the basic inspiration for this exceptional psycho-acoustic sound experiment by the composer and conceptual artist Tim Otto Roth, who developed, with his team, from scratch a sophisticated electronics and designed the light sculpture like loudspeakers.

The project “AIS³ [aiskju:b]” by Tim Otto Roth is both a work of art and a psycho-acoustic basic experiment. The Schering Stiftung supports the project, since it brings together art and science in a work of sound art. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of lectures curated by the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton DESY in Zeuthen. In addition, leading experts from the sciences and humanities will gather for a tow-day symposium on September 14 and 15, 2018, to discuss the relationship of “Physics and Art(efact).”

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Invitation for exhibition opening

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Program of the symposium "Physics and Art(efacts)"

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Space plays a key role in the work of the conceptual artist and composer Tim Otto Roth (born 1974 in Oppenau/Black Forest), which combines art and science in novel ways. His expansive sound sculptures – such as Heaven’s Carousel consisting of 36 rotating loudspeakers or the water organ aura calculata – succeed in making possible new aesthetic experiences and opening up new directions in art by engaging with latest scientific research. In his compositional work, Roth uses space as an (additive) synthesizer, where sounds from sound sources distributed across the space blend and fuse to become location-specific sounds. In addition to his particular method of spatializing sound, his work focuses on microtonal scales, whose “harmony” can be derived from specific physical processes. He also experiments with mathematical principles of self-organization; by translating them into sound, he uses not only sound sculptures developed in his studio but also human agents such as a choir or a string orchestra. In 2012, Roth was a guest musician at the Klangdom of ZKM Karlsruhe. In June 2018, his sound installation SMART>SOS premiered at IRCAM in Paris.



AIS³ [aiskju:b] is a project by Tim Otto Roth in cooperation with IceCube Neutrino Observatory, the Kultur Büro Elisabeth gGmbH, DESY, and RWTH Aachen, with support from the Capital Cultural Fund, the Schering Stiftung, APPEC, the Joachim-Herz-Stiftung, and others.

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron
Technische Universität München
RWTH Aachen
Joachim Herz Stiftung
F. Victor Rolff-Stiftung


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