Stini Arn

My curvy textile sound path

I grew up around several looms in my mother’s weaving studio in the 70ies in Switzerland. And from time to time I played violoncello with my family quartet or drums in a teeny 80ies punk band called «Pudding».

My first apprentice was jewelery design. In the metal workshop of the art school in Zürich I became fascinated by sound and made recordings using a cassette tape in 1991. Together with Arturo La Vecchia we composed «die metallurgische symphonie» while creating loops by rewinding and recording from tape to tape.

During my New York times 1994-96, when I worked for special effects in film and theater, I discovered 16mm-film together with Nicoletta Wartmann. Our first short film «chicken» won a gold award at the “New York Expo 1995” for experimental film. The soundtrack is composed by cutting and taping magnetic band.

12 years of autodidactic exploring and experimenting with sampling and composing electronic sound later I achieved da Masta of Sound at Sound Studies UdK in Berlin.

The most recent art project «Webstall» is a fusion of weaving and electronic music inspired by my barn in Pignia and the loom I inherited from my mother as well as from my trips to the rhythmic landscape of Mali since 2004. For my “pièce radiophonique” called «Mille fois» I travelled 2010 with my sound device as far as the Pay Dogon in research of field recordings for a composition produced at the Federal Swiss Radio SRF2.

My current life is a fusion of Pignia, Zürich and Bamako, where I teach art and sound design, I weave and manage the Atelier Yiriba and produce looms and fabric at Bamakoton.

Stini Arn

Zürich, Pignia, Bamako

+41 76 401 90 96

+223 77 42 60 14