Throughout the development of Her Noise, the curators conducted dozens of interviews with artists, while also compiling sound recordings and printed materials which would eventually form the Her Noise Archive. Material gathered includes books, catalogues, magazines, zines, records, CDs, tapes and video pertaining to women in experimental and avant garde music and sound culture. The Archive is a collection of over 60 videos, 300 audio recordings, 40 books and catalogues and 250 fanzines compiled throughout the development of the project.
The Her Noise Archive investigates music histories in relation to gender and brings together a wide network of women who use sound as a medium. Much of the material was shot specifically for this project, and is uniquely available as part of this Archive. The Her Noise Archive includes numerous interviews and concert footage with artists including Pauline Oliveros, Maryanne Amacher, Diamanda Galas, Marina Rosenfeld, Thurston Moore, Kevin Blechdom, Kembra Pfahler, Kim Gordon, Lydia Lunch, Peaches, Chicks on Speed, Erase Errata and many others.
In 2010 Electra and London College of Communication (LCC) embarked on a collaborative project to develop the Her Noise Archive with the support of PhD candidate Holly Ingleton. This collaboration between Electra and LCC's Creative Research into Sound Art department (CRiSAP) sees the Archive expand to include the entire development of the Her Noise project, illuminating both a greater wealth of global activity by a diverse range of artists and a further fluidity of networks between people working at the intersection of sound, art, noise and politics. The development of the Her Noise Archive will culminate in a 2-day symposium at Tate Modern in 2012.
The Archive is accessible to the public for research purposes by appointment at LCC's Archive Centre. It is also available for touring, in combination with a range of contextual events, talks and curated screenings using the content of the archive, which would be developed in collaboration with the host venue.
Space requirements for touring: a room of any size which can house shelving, wall mounted display materials, several monitors and audio equipment. Ideally the space would also have an area where meetings and talks can be held and a space for video projection.
The Her Noise Archive has toured throughout Europe since its first installation at the South London Gallery, November - December 2005.
So far the Archive has been shown at:
Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, November - December 2006
The Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, London, May 2007
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany, February - March 2008
Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany, August 2008