Ida Hiršenfelder is an archivist and sound artist based in Ljubljana. She is interested in the history of media, archives and their disappearance, media archeology, and the philosophy of temporality. In the context of sound art, she is specifically interested in bioacoustics and microtonal music. She composes experimental soundscapes with the use of analogue electronics, field recordings, and computer manipulations. She performs under the alias beepblip.
Since 2014, Hiršenfelder is employed at the +MSUM Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova on projects related to digital archives: editor of Web Museum, a repository for contemporary audio-visual art, editor of Moderna galerija home page, member of L’internationale Online editorial board, co-curator of the Glossary of Common Knowledge. Previously, she was an archivist of DIVA Station, Digital Video Art Archive at SCCA, Centre for Contemporary Arts-Ljubljana (2007-2013) that contains over one thousand video works by local artists. She co-created the Art-area bi-weekly edition on contemporary art and was an editor of the feminist monthly Sektor Ž at an alternative radio station Radio Student (2006-2014). She worked as a correspondent and critic at Dnevnik Daily. Among other media, she also published in Art Worlds Magazine (Ljubljana), Maska Magazine (Ljubljana), Digicult.it on-line magazine (Milano) and many exhibition catalogues. To this day, she writes on media art, feminism in archives.
Hiršenfelder is an advocate and user of free and open source software. She was a curator and advisor at the Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory (2010-2014) and was a member of the experimental sound collective Theremidi Orchestra (2011-2017), developing DIY electronic instruments and creating soundscapes on over 30 performances at many international organisations for media art such as Eyebeam, New York (USA); LiWoLi, Linz (AT); Piksel, Bergen (NO), Spektrum, Berlin (DE); Radiona, Zagreb (HR); ZNFI, Trbovlje (SI); Artos, Nikozija (CR); KSEVT, Vitanje (SI); Kino Šiška, Ljubljana (SI).
Together with media artist Saša Spačal, she is a co-founder of ČIPke, Initiative for Women with a Sense for Technology, Science and Art at RAMPA Lab – Kersnikova Institute. With Spačal she also created a series of sonoseismic installations: Crust (2014) & Sonoseismic Earth (2015-2017). She collaborates with media artist Robertina Šebjanič and sound artist Aleš Hieng – Zergon on a series of chemical sound installations: responsive chemical sound installation Time Displacement / Chemobrionic Garden (2015-2016) was presented at Ars Electronica (2016) on The Radical Atoms and the Alchemists of Our Time, on Device_art 5.016 exhibition in Montreal, in a solo show at esc – medien kunst labor, Graz (AT, 2018) and group exhibition Experiment Zukunft, Kunsthalle, Rostock (DE, 2019). Sound installation Sound Disposition / Crystal Garden premiered at Stekleniku – Gallery for Sound, Bioacustics and Art, at Tivoli Greenhouse, Ljubljana (SI, 2019).
The Agosto Foundation artist in residence program is supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture.