Nik Nowak: Souvenir, 2007 (Detail)

Art Sound Machine

15.02.2014 –

For the first time an exhibition is dedicated to the fascinating combination of art, sound and motion, and generates a pulsating world of gentle tones and impressive sounds.


From the barrel organ and the ghetto blaster to the large speaker vehicles at parades or demonstrations, right up to acoustic warfare – regardless of the context in which mobile sound systems are used, we are directly impacted by their equally fascinating and threatening effect.

The exhibition “BOOSTER” inquires into the cultural significance of these constructions and their use in the creative arts. Since the start of the 20th century, artists have been producing breathtaking sound machines, again and again stretching the boundaries between different disciplines. The special combination of sculpture, movement and sound takes the visitor into a world that addresses many different senses at once: whether as fragile mechanisms or monumental objects, the mobile sound sculptures generate a pulsating world of (sub)cultural spheres in a choreography of gentle tones and high-volume sounds.

Against a background of spectacular installations and sculptures, the exhibition also traces the global roots of mobile sound systems.

The project was developed from a concept by and in collaboration with the artist Nik Nowak.



AUDINT/ Toby Heys & Steve Goodman, Arseni Michailowitsch Awraamow, Massimo Bartolini, Lothar Baumgarten, Benjamin Binder, John Cage, Katie Callan, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, James Cauty, Welimir Chlebnikow, Fortunato Depero, Marcel Duchamp, Carlos Rolon/ Dzine, Nikolai Foregger, Miquel Galofré, Jay Gard, Tamara Grcic, Gregor Hildebrandt, HEAVYLISTENING/ Carl Schilde & Anselm Venezian Nehls, Matt Hope, Karl Hans Janke, Shi Jinsong, Christine Sun Kim, Mark Leckey, Olaf Mooij, M11X/ Mikal Jessie Hameed, Nomadic Sound System/ Benjamin Newland, Nik Nowak, Lyle Owerko, Tintin Patrone, Picós-Archiv/ Fabian Altahona Romero, Gabriel Rossell-Santillán, Luigi Russolo, Tom Sachs, Aura Satz, Santiago Sierra, Konrad Smolenski, Moritz Stumm, Kurt Schwitters, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jean Tinguely, Dziga Vertov, Walter Zurborg


Exhibition benefactor

In-kind sponsors

Mobility partner

Marta partners
Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners as well as the Marta Fund for New Art for their ongoing support of our program.