Electrical Jungles

Kinga Tóth / Silvia Rosani

Kinga Toth (*1983, Sárvár, Hungary) writes and publishes short stories, poems and drama pieces in Hungarian, German and English languages. She is a musician, extensive vocalist, visual and sound-poet, presents her work in performances, exhibitions and installations international (e.g. MANIFESTA 11 Zürich; CROWD; OFF Biennale; Wechselstrom Galerie; Akademie Schloss Solitude). She is also philologist and teacher and has worked as a journalist and copy editor of art magazines, and as cultural program organizer. Tóth’s international publications include collections of poetry PARTY (PRAE, 2013, Hungary; BIRDS LCC, U.S.A. 2018), All Machine (2014, Hu and Allmaschine, Akademie Schloss Solitude, 2014), Village 0-24 (Eng, Melting Books 2016), Wir bauen eine Stadt (De, Parasitenpresse 2016) and a visual-art catalogue: Textbilder (GEDOK, 2016-2017) Her novel, The Moonlight Faces (The Lost Words Verlag, Netherlands; Magvető 2017) won the Hazai Attila and the best novel special prices in Hungary, with the English and German manuscripts she joined the International Writing Program in the U.S.A., the LCB, GEDOK, Bosch program in Germany. Her work has been published internationally in many magazines and journals including Solitude Art Yearbook, Stuttgart and Die Welt ist nicht erfunden, Solitude (2014) Huellkurven (Austria),), tapin2 (Fra), Colony (Ire), POETRY (USA), Lyrikline (De), York Literary Review (Ir), Wretched Strangers anthology, Words without borders Anthology. 2019/2020 she won the Hugo Ball Förderpreis for her intermedia art and literary work and 2020 she won the Bernard Heidsieck Price in centre Pompidou for her literature-media-performance work. www.kingatoth.com.


Silvia Rosani studied composition in Italy and at Mozarteum Universität (Salzburg, Austria) while also completing a degree in electronic engineering. Later, she moved to London to study for a PhD in Music, which she completed in 2016. She has been working as Associte Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London since 2013 and has recently started teaching Electronic Music Composition at the Conservatoire in Benevento and in Novara (Italy). Silvia Rosani’s research and artistic practice focus on the disruption of the boundaries between audience and performers through the use of audio-visual elements and technology. Her work aims to offer a multitude of listening perspectives rather than acknowledging a superior one, which she identifies with privilege. Fascinated by the role swapping between sanitary staff and patients Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari implemented within their clinic La Borde, Silvia investigates ways to create temporary low-hierarchy communities within the performance space by swapping roles between musicians and non-musicians. Her hope is that the feeling of empowerment the audience experience during the performance will persist for a while and permeate their everyday life, thus provoking some sort of transformation. Silvia is able to design performance frames within which these opportunities arise by combining the use of software for the implementation of machine learning algorithms and sound analysis and re-synthesis with the Internet of Things, or by preferring sound production systems, which control the vibration of objects in the performance space, thus turning the objects into hybrid instruments. Such objects allow non-musicians to experience the  physical relationship musicians have with their own instruments and, since they are sound-based rather than tone-based instruments, these hybrid instruments encourage sonic explorations without intimidating the visitors, who are not familiar with the Western music notation and theory. www.silviarosani.webs

Electrical Jungles

Theaterhaus, T4

Kinga Tóth / Silvia Rosani: Electrical Jungles

Project in the context of Hannsmann-Poethen-Literaturstipendium by und with poet/performer Kinga Tóth and composer Silvia Rosani


In response to the Hungarian parliament’s refusal to ratify the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women, the sound poet Kinga Tóth wrote the poem »Maurersfrau« (Bricklayer’s Wife). It became the basis for the project that Kinga Tóth and Silvia Rosani are developing together as part of their Hannsmann-Poethen Literary Scholarship from January to March 2022. Electrical Jungles consists of a series of radio conversations with female artists about domestic violence and gender inequality, as well as a performance/installation for voice and household appliances that can be controlled by anyone in the audience via an app developed by Silvia Rosani, making the concepts of outside influence, hierarchy, or feelings of powerlessness vividly tangible. Complementing their conversation, the two also give a taste of their final performance in their installation.