Reinhard Gupfinger

Austria 1977

Installation, Sculpture, Sound Art

Reinhard Gupfinger
Reinhard Gupfinger
January 23, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Reinhard Gupfinger is an Austrian contemporary artist who works in the field of Sound Art and Urban Art. In his artistic practice, Gupfinger explores the perception and the manipulation of acoustic space.

Boomtube Bike

Boomtube Bike
Reinhard Gupfinger – Boomtube Bike – 2015

Hybrid art forms expand the possibilities for experimentation and innovation in contemporary art. Gupfinger is the artist who moves confidently between different media creating multifaceted works that often blur the lines between fine arts and sound art drawing on subversive urban youth culture and integrating it with highly developed, complex sound equipment.


Orbiter, home, page, video
Reinhard Gupfinger – Orbiter, 2015

In many of his projects including the Hyper Sniffer, SWAP / 4175 and Picking for Resonance, the objects and installations placed sparingly throughout the different cities involve both passers-by and art-loving visitors in an interactive event. Often, it is the (oversized) dimensions of the three dimensional objects that initially attract the audience’s attention. His artworks center around interaction: it is only through interaction, through the participation of visitors, through contact and through proximity that the objects begin to vibrate and resonate opening up an experience of harmonious and dissonant bodies and perceptions. In this way, unusual and surprising new sound spaces are created.

His works offer a tactile and auditory experience that allows one to once again literally grasp what remains hidden in everyday urban life behind superficial stimuli and a constant food of signs – the sound of a space, the sound of a building in conjunction and relationship with the people who move within them.

UmFunktionssystem – Street Morse Code Generator

UmFunktionssystem, information
Reinhard Gupfinger – UmFunktionssystem – Street Morse Code Generator

Born in 1977, the artist obtained an MA in Interface Cultures from University for Art and Design Linz in 2012. In 2008 he received a grant from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research for his project “sonic balls”. His work has been included in many festivals and exhibitions throughout his native country and beyond.

He is also the founder of Sound Tossing, an alternative type of street art that uses sound as a medium of creative expression in a public space.

Sound Tossing

Sound Tossing, 2012
Reinhard Gupfinger – Sound Tossing, New Haven, 2012

Reinhard Gupfinger lives and works in Linz.

All images courtesy © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Der Brand meines Hauses ist Unheil und Flamme zugleichGallery Maerz, Linz, AustriaGroup
2015Transforming: Street Objects from Your Street to Main StreetSite:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, USAGroup
2015UmFunktionssystem periscope, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2015Experimentierfeld AarauDie GARAGE, Aarau, SwissGroup
2015Chasing Max MustermannDesignhalle, Graz, AustriaGroup
2015tage des elektronischen bewegtbildesMunich, GermanyGroup
2015Kristallin #8Salzamt, Linz, AustriaGroup
2014Sonar+DSonar Festival, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2014Linzer KunstsalonLandesgalerie Linz, Linz, AustriaGroup
2014Das Absolute ObjektRaumschiff, Linz, AustriaGroup
2013Supersummativ Gallery Maerz, Linz, AustriaGroup
2013Preise und TalenteOO Kulturquartier, Linz, AustriaGroup
2013KryptophonieSalzburg, AustriaGroup
2013Ukradena GalerieCesky Krumlov, Czech RepublicGroup
2013Politischer StillstandNORDICO Stadtmuseum, Linz, AustriaGroup
2013Architektur und Klangafo architekturforum oberösterreich, Linz, AustriaGroup
2013Linz Impuls, Import, ExportSalzamt, Linz, AustriaGroup
2012Centre for Sound Art and Experimental MusicSeydisfjördur, IcelandGroup
2012Neu im MAERZGallery Maerz, Linz, AustriaGroup
2011LAB30 FestivalAugsburg, GermanyGroup
2011Coded Cultures Festival Magazin, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2011Ars Electronica Festival Linz, AustriaGroup
2011IIEOktogon HFBK Dresden, Dresden, GermanyGroup
2011PlayFace InterCultMuseumsquartier 21, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2011Speculum ArtiumNew Media Art Festival, Trbovlje, SloveniaGroup
2010Amber Art and Technology FestivalSanat Limanı, Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2010Playful Interface CulturesArs Electronica Exhibition, Linz, AustriaGroup
2010Graduate exhibitionInstitute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences, Ogaki, Gifu, JapanGroup