A Perfect Match? On The Alliance between Sound and Visuals July 9th, 2019
Jörg Süßenbach, head of the music devision at Goethe-Institute Germany, recommended to invite me to give a talk on the relationship between sound and visuals on August 29th for an international congregation of Goethe-Institute members in Cologne.
The delegation will be in Cologne to attend the SoundTrack Cologne which is focused on music for images.
I started to research female composers in contemporary music (post WW2) for a seminar at Institute for Music and Media at Robert Schumann conservatory in Düsseldorf. During another of my seminars Elisa Metz, post-graduate students at the M.Mus. program Klang und Realität, created an amazing fanzine on the subject. It is called Grapefruits – in honour of composer/artist Yoko Ono.
Elisa Metz will join us for the panel on June 29th to present the first issue of her magazine plus a limited series of 30 shirts which have the names of many of the brilliant composers and sound artists from my list on them.
Via Wikipedia: "Ono's small book titled Grapefruit is another seminal piece of conceptual art. First published in 1964, the book reads as a set of instructions through which the work of art is completed-either literally or in the imagination of the viewer participant. One example is "Hide and Seek Piece: Hide until everybody goes home. Hide until everybody forgets about you. Hide until everybody dies." Grapefruit has been published several times, most widely distributed by Simon & Schuster in 1971, who reprinted it again in 2000. David Bourdon, art critic for The Village Voice and Vogue, called Grapefruit'one of the monuments of conceptual art of the early 1960s'."
Via NRW Forum Dusseldorf: "In the 20th century, so-called new or contemporary music has been influenced by composers such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, Mauricio Kagel, György Ligeti, Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and others. For one of her seminars at the Robert Schumann Hochschule für Musik und Medien, communication designer Heike Sperling and artist Swantje Lichtenstein started to research the outstanding female composers of the 20th century (post–World War II). Their list exploded quickly, because an incredible number of great female composers can be found in the last century – but unlike their male colleagues they are not yet part of the 'canon'. The Listening Session invites you to give those composers a (listening) space and to talk about their music. The two Düsseldorf professors will exchange thoughts with the renowned composer Brigitta Muntendorf via Skype, about those unheard composers, their aesthetics and techniques."
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Jury President @ Academy of Art and Design Basel
Diploma / Final exams July 23rd, 2018
Prof. Catherine Walthard invited me to chair the diploma jury at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel. From September 10th until 13th 30 students graduate in Postindustrial Design at one of their institutes called HyperWerk. At HyperWerk the students are trained in complex process design to initiate and shape the social changes of the future.
"Study freedom, shape society. So the mission statement of HyperWerk, the Institute of Postindustrial Design. Here Design is seen as a procedural strategy which influences, and thus communicates, our lifeworld. HyperWerk is a learning lab. It sees itself in a process of permanent change and responds to the ongoing changes in postindustrial society by developing innovative experimental designs, taking economic, ecological as well as social dimensions into consideration. The aim is to develop a wide range of competences that bring to bear as best as possible specific interests and individual skills, advancing them with the help of creative freedom, flexibility, initiative and teamwork."
Via CVM: "The CVM Symposium 2018: Exploring and Preserving Visual Music will explore the theories, histories and practices of Visual Music. It features two days of talks and presentations from international scholars, artists, students, curators and researchers, plus a final half day of special sessions. Set in Sonoma County’s wine country.
A series of screenings feature historical and contemporary visual music works. CVM is pleased to present this symposium in association with Sonoma State University at their Rohnert Park campus. Some of the special events are off-campus.The Symposium features talks on music visualization, sonification, color organs, visual music and art history, Oskar Fischinger, James
Whitney, Norman McLaren, Charles Blanc-Gatti, John Cage, Teaching Visual Music, 1960s psychedelic light shows, mapping, oscillocopes, preservation and more. Plus special video spotlights on Mary Ellen Bute and others, and screenings. A preview of the program is online."
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Jury member @ DAAD
Fine Arts, Design, Film committee February 16th, 2018
Via the DAAD's website: "The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. Since it was founded in 1925, around two million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy."
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Jury member @ Institute for Popular Music
Folkwang University of the Arts January 26th, 2018
Director Hans Nieswandt invited label owner and influential musician Gudrun Gut, Popakademie Baden-Württemberg's president and CEO Udo Dahmen, and me to evaluate his brainchild, the Institute for Popular Music at Essen's well-known Folkwang University of the Arts, from a perspective of a critical friend.
We spent one day with the pop institute's faculty, and their students talking about their teachings, projects and plans. The candor, courage, and sensibility of all the people we met was beautiful and mind-blowing. Plus, I always love to visit the Ruhrpott.
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Jury member @ CreateMedia.NRW Düsseldorf
European Regional Development Fund September 6th and 7th, 2017
The LeitmarktAgentur.NRW invited me to serve as a jury member for the lead market CreateMedia.NRW. For two days we sat in a Duesseldorf hotel and discussed complex, innovative, and outstanding proposals.
Via Wikipedia: "The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is a fund allocated by the European Union. Its purpose is to transfer money from richer regions (not countries), and invest it in the infrastructure and services of underdeveloped regions. This will allow those regions to start attracting private sector investments, and create jobs on their own."
My fellow jury members, Dr. Ruth Seidl / Chair Frauenkulturbüros Krefeld, Denise Gühnemann / Grimme Institut, Prof. Björn Bartholdy / Co-Chair Cologne Game Lab, Manuel Fritsch / Games Journalist, Katharina Tillmanns / Researcher Cologne Game Lab, Fee Bonny / Frauenkulturbüro, and I awarded two outstanding women, one superstar in the realm of independent games with the main prize and a grant for an innovative young talent. The awards ceremony will be held on November 10th at NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf.
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Talk @ Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
A Perfect Match? On the Alliance of Sound and Visuals April 18th, 2017
Gave a presentation for the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Germany's largest music academy, in Cologne. Prof. Michael Beil, chair of the renowned Studio for Electronic Music, invited me to his Electronic Composition class to talk about the historical development of my discipline, Visual Music.
In my lecture I focused on the significance of the close interrelation between sound and images. As founder and chair of the Visual Music major concentration at the Institute of Music and Media (IMM) at the Robert Schumann music academy I am also editor-in-chief of the highly praised Visual Music Archive online forum.