WorkShope online: Gaisha Madanova (WHW Akademija)


Interested in what works of art sound like?

Gaisha Madanova reveals to us how archive photos from MMSU Collection sound using the methodology of generating sound waves from digital images.

Listen to the MMSU collection through Gaisha’s work proposal.

“It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without it. It’s one of the first things you experience when you wake up and the last thing you hear at night. Its invisible vibrations travel through the air in all directions. It can define a space, it triggers memories and can describe almost any area of human experience or imagination… and when you hear it, you become a witness of the energy making its journey.”


“The sound circulated like an autonomous being whose tentacles needed to experience a sensitive awareness of the terrain.”


My proposal for ‘With the Collection’ exhibition is based on the idea of transforming the photo archive of works that are in the MMSU online collection into the sound form. The notion of archive carries the evidence of past, marks the time, cultural and historical context accumulating in its core the subject of memory and projections. By using the methodology of generating the sound waves from the digital images I am interested in representing the archive/collection of the museum in the shape that can be transmitted to the surrounding environment in movements on the molecular level. This sound intervention is an attempt to find an alternative way to mediate the art collection/archive providing its existence in another dimension.

For this online presentation, you can hear the fragment consisting of 59 images of artworks taken from the digital archive of the museum. The selection of the images was made randomly since this work is still in progress and my idea is to make a sound reproduction of the whole collection available in digital format. To the sounds from the digital images, as an essential tool for the conceptual approach I’ve used the program that operates on a similar principle to the legendary optoelectronic synthesizer ANS.

Digital archive of the museum available at:


Duration: 01:18:24 (there is a short pause between each artwork).

You can follow the project here


List of the artworks converted to the sound for this presentation (in the order of playback).

Gaisha Madanova

Gaisha Madanova (1987, Alma-Ata, Kazakh Soviet Socialistic Republic) has graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Almaty College of Construction and Management in 2009 and later studied Visual Arts and Digital and Time-based Media at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Her artistic practice involves different media and techniques (printmaking, objects, digital media, installations). Topics like watching and being watched, the body as an expression of the inner self or the strategies of transformations and displacement can be seen as links through the different series of her works. She is a founder of the art magazine ALUAN – EXHIBITION ON PAPER. Since 2012  Madanova is based in Germany.