Workshop location: 3rd floor Video studio, time-based media
Times: 13-15th February, 10.00 -16.00
Jan St. Werner’s "Dynamic Acoustics & Kinetic Speakers" lecture and workshop explore sound as an unstable art form which merges with other disciplines and yet makes strong claims for disciplinary autonomy. A critical awareness is developed of how sound as a field for artistic exploration is performed, produced, and distributed. Werner explores contemporary and historical practices that emerge outside of purely musical environments and investigates specific compositional developments of post-war modernity and electro-acoustic music, as well as non-musical disciplines related to the psychophysics of hearing and listening. The students will explore the potential of sound as an radical means of artistic exploration in a series of practical exercises.
Personal workstations (PC’s, MacBooks) with sound editing software and hand held sound recording devices are essential for this course.
Jan St. Werner is an artist and electronic music composer based in Berlin. Best known as one half of the innovative electronic duo Mouse on Mars, he has also pursued a solo career creating music under his own name as well as Lithops, Noisemashinetapes and Neuter River. Starting in the mid-1990s, St. Werner released a steady stream of influential records both as a solo artist and with Mouse on Mars. He has been collaborating with Oval’s Markus Popp as Microstoria and writing music for installations and films by visual artist Rosa Barba. During the 2000s, he acted as the artistic director for Amsterdam’s Institute for Electronic Music (STEIM). In 2013, St. Werner released the first of a series of experimental recordings called the Fiepblatter Catalogue on Thrill Jockey Records, Chicago. Werner is a visiting lecturer at the Arts Culture and Technology ACT department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT and holds a position as a professor for Interactive Art and Dynamic Acoustics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg Germany.