Bernhard Loibner/Tom Sherman aka Nerve Theory

Electric Cars and Electric Guitars, 2019 • TONSPUR 82


The transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles will alter the soundscape of the city. Taking the act of driving away from people and turning control over to networked-artificially intelligent autonomous vehicles will completely transform the psychological nature of transportation. Nerve Theory delivers their audience to this radical transformation of space and time through “Electric Cars and Electric Guitars”, a spoken conceptual narrative floating in a sonic spatial construction designed to put the listener in the headspace of the next chapter of human terrestrial transportation. Walking through the unique acoustic architecture of the TONSPUR_passage to experience this Nerve Theory work will simulate the heady phenomenon of moving bodies cybernetically rather than simply physically. The flow of ideas will have rhythms and beats that will give the listening audience a sense that they have really gone somewhere—the experiential accomplishment of transportation itself.
Bernhard Loibner/Tom Sherman aka Nerve Theory

Text „Electric Cars and Electric Guitars“ by Tom Sherman – read

Bernhard Loibner, born in Sankt Veit an der Glan, Carinthia in 1965, lives and works in Vienna • Tom Sherman, born in Manistee, Michigan in 1947, lives and works in Syracuse, NY.

Opening: Sun 22.09.2019, 5pm
Opening words:
Georg Weckwerth [artistic director TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien]
in conversation with Bernhard Loibner [Nerve Theory]
Clemens Hausch [artist, curator, producer] – read


  • Bernhard Loibner/Tom Sherman aka Nerve Theory [AT/US]
  • Electric Guitars and Electric Guitars, 2019
  • 8-channel sound work, 7-part series of images
  • Duration 37:30 min
  • Concept, recordings, composition, gallery: Nerve Theory
  • [sound/photos: Bernhard Loibner; text/vocals: Tom Sherman]
  • Production: TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien for the series
  • TONSPUR für einen öffentlichen raum
  • Special thanks to Norbert Math (installation set up)
  • 23.09.19–18.12.19
  • TONSPUR_passage / Q21 (MQ Wien)
  • Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
  • Daily 10am to 8 pm