ARS - Art_Research_Sound is a research project on sound as located between the arts and the sciences.
We, a group of artists and musicologists, analyze sounding situations and sound art.
We explore avenues of artistic research and collaborations between artists and scientists. Our particular focus is research on the

Cultural Practice of Sound

In the Context of Sound Art and Sound Research (ARS - CUPRAS)
We develop strategies to advance art and research on and in sound.

… it's all about listening


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Am Stand des Wolke Verlages in der Buch- und Notanausstellung wurde in diesem Jahr bei den Donaueschinger Musiktagen 2023 auch das ARS-Buch "Exhibiting Sound Art" präsentiert.
Im Hintergrund der Verlagsleiter Peter Mischung.


Medienkünstler Jürgen Claus verstorben

Das Bild zeigt Glocken im Meer; er ist also einer der Ersten, die auch Klangkunst im und unter Wasser gemacht haben.
Gestern Mittag (5. September 2023) ist unser langjähriger Freund Jürgen Claus im Alter von 88 Jahren in Aachen verstorben. Er war Pionier auf zahlreichen Gebieten: Unterwasserkünstler, Solarkünstler, Maler, Autor und Visionär. Gemeinsam mit seiner Frau Nora hat er zahlreiche künstlerische Projekte sowie höchst anregende Seminare und internationale Meetings auf seinem großen Gut in Belgien veranstaltet. Er hat Viele inspiriert und Vieles bewegt. Unvergessen auch seine Zeit als Professor an der Kunsthochschule für Medien! Ich persönlich habe ihm sehr viel zu verdanken ; so waren z.B. meine ersten Filmmusik-Komposition für seine künstlerischen Videos (Les artistes et la lumiere, Reims 1991).

Wir verlieren einen krafvollen und inspirierenden Menschen, einen fördernden Freund und sind dankbar, dass wir uns am Tag vorher noch von ihm verabschieden konnten.
Peter Kiefer

Yesterday at noon Jürgen Claus, passed away in Aachen at the age of 88. He was a pioneer in many fields: Underwater artist (also one of the first working with soundinstallationunder water), solar artist, painter, author and visionary. Together with his wife Nora, he organised numerous artistic projects as well as highly stimulating seminars and international meetings on his beautiful farm in Belgium. He has inspired many and moved many things. His time as a professor at the Academy of Media Arts is also unforgettable! Personally, I owe him a lot; for example, my first film music compositions were for his artistic videos (Les artistes et la lumiere, Reims 1991).
We are losing a powerful and inspiring person, a supportive friend and are grateful that we were able to say goodbye to him the day before.
The picture shows bells in the sea, sound art under water.

JürgenClaus Taucher am Glockenturm, 1980
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Veranstaltungstipps - Aktivierung Instrument I (Sevgi and Bengisu)
in der Kunsthalle Mainz • 18. August 2023 • 19 Uhr

Bildnachweis: Aktivierung der Arbeit Instrument I (Sevgi and Bengisu)
von Sriwhana Spong mit Juan Bermúdez, Danbi Jeung & Wingel Mendoza
(Klasse Klangkunst-Komposition, Hochschule für Musik Mainz, JGU), Kunsthalle Mainz, 2023. Foto: Lorenz Kerkhoff.

Letzte Performance zu/mit Sriwhana Spongs Arbeit Instrument I (Sevgi and Bengisu)
Am Mittwoch, den 16/08 laden wir um 19 Uhr zur letzten Aktivierung zu/mit der Arbeit Instrument I (Sevgi and Bengisu) von Sriwhana Spong mit den Performer*innen Juan Bermúdez, Danbi Jeung & Wingel Mendoza (Klasse Klangkunst-Komposition, Hochschule für Musik Mainz, JGU) ein.

Die Kosten sind im Eintritt enthalten.

mit Juan Bermúdez, Danbi Jeung & Wingel Mendoza
(Klasse Klangkunst-Komposition, Hochschule für Musik Mainz, JGU)



Call for applications 2023:
master's in Sound Art-Composition at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Master of Music: Sound Art-Composition
Mainz School of Music

Klangkunst in Kobenz

Wingel Mendoza, Senza tempo (detail), 2023. 12-channel sound installation, loudspeakers,
wood, stones, amplifier, 4 meters. Installation view, Rhein-Mosel-Halle Koblenz, 2023. © Wingel Mendoza.

Foreign qualifications deadline: September 10
German qualifications deadline: November 1

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
School of Music
Jakob-Welder-Weg 28
55128 Mainz
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Standard period of study: four semesters (two years)
Meisterschüler (postgraduate course): four semesters (two years)

Application deadline (for applicants with foreign qualifications): September 10 /
Application deadline (with a German degree): November 1.

In 2009, the Mainz School of Music became the pioneer among German universities to introduce a degree program in Sound Art-Composition. Founded by the internationally renowned sound artist Prof. Peter Kiefer, the master’s degree in Sound Art is mostly conducted in English and is designed for musicians, composers and artists who wish to refine their artistic skills in the realm of sound art.

The course is open to artists of all fields who would like to work creatively in the field of Sound Art-Composition. The course has a strong focus on projects and has an interdisciplinary design. Participants will be encouraged to contribute and develop their own experience in the field. The degree program is built upon the most current advancements in the intersection of music and art, which have been evolving over the past twenty years, and offers the opportunity to explore and develop projects in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on sounds in spatial settings, particularly public spaces. During their studies participants will create sound installations and will develop concert and media concepts for performances.

Upon completing the master’s degree program in Sound Art-Composition, participants will be equipped to independently engage in high-level artistic work and develop innovative concepts within the realm of sound art. They will possess the qualification to work as an independent artist, expressing their unique artistic vision, creating artistic works for museums, galleries or major festivals. Additionally, the skills acquired throughout the program can be effectively applied in various professional domains, including media and media production, as well as consulting and conceptual design for projects.

The program is tuition-free, with only a small administrative fee of around 350 euros per semester. Students benefit from one-to-one tutoring lessons, working together in a small group of international students you will be engaged in the production of new artistic works for exhibitions and festivals, group symposiums, among other activities. Additionally, the program has hosted guest professors of international reputation, such as Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Jacob Kirkegaard, Miya Masaoka, Bernhard Leitner, Andres Bosshard, Kaspar König, Stefan Fricke, etc. More here.
Also a cooperation with the project for sound research ARS art_reseach_sound has proven fruitful in the past.

If you already hold a master’s degree you also can apply for Meisterschüler (postgraduate course): four semesters (two years).

Applicants for the Master program with foreign qualifications are required to validate them with the university before submitting their formal application. For detailed information on the validation process, please visit here.

Required documents

– A degree in music or art from a university, college of music, or an equivalent institute in Germany or abroad, obtained through a diploma degree program, Bachelor's degree program, or comparable degree program. (The admission of applicants with another degree course is possible in cases of high level of artistic aptitude.)–Curriculum Vitae
– Proof of English skills, which can be demonstrated through test certificates or a conversation with the Board of Examiners during the aptitude test.
– Letter explaining your motivation for applying to this degree program.
– Portfolio containing relevant activities, such as exhibitions, concerts, and compositions.
– Sketch of the planned artistic project to be implemented during the degree program.

The Mainz School of Music is part of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Such integration is unique in Germany and the extensive offers of the university such as a comprehensive sports program, free visits to the opera, Studium Generale, etc. are also open to music students.

The city of Mainz is located in a cosmopolitan and lively environment and is a media and business hub of international importance. The Rhine-Main region also has much to offer culturally: four opera houses, numerous theaters, symphony orchestras, choirs, festivals and two public television and radio stations.

When making music, it is natural for people to work together across national borders. That's why the university fosters a welcoming culture and fellow students from all countries are valued and seen as an enrichment to life on campus.


„Lernen, Lehren und Künstlerische Praxis in der nächsten Pandemie“ am 08. Juli 2023

14:00 - 17:00 Uhr in der Black Box, 2. OG

Hochschule für Musik Mainz, Jakob-Welder-Weg 28, 55128 Mainz

mit Prof. Salomé Voegelin (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
Prof. Heather Frasch (Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU)
Prof. Benjamin Jörissen (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
und den Teilnehmer:innen am GLK-Projekt "Klangliche Resonanzen im Digitalen Raum"

Das Symposium findet im Rahmen des vom Gutenberg Lehrkolleg geförderten Projektes Klangliche Resonanzen im Digitalen Raum statt.

Es ist eingebettet in ein interdisziplinäres Projekt, das unsere Erfahrungen in der Pandemie mit dem Lehren, Lernen, künstlerischen Schaffen und Arbeiten in digitalen Räumen nutzt, um das kreative und transformative Potenzial der Online-Umgebung zu erforschen und seine digitalen Prozesse und Möglichkeiten künstlerisch zu hinterfragen. Gleichzeitig soll die neue digitale Normalität genutzt werden, um unsere Offline-Umgebung und Interaktionen im realen Leben neu zu bewerten und bewusst zu gestalten.

Das Symposium inszeniert und reflektiert zentrale Fragen des Arbeitens im digitalen Raum: In welcher Weise führt beispielsweise die machine learning-Kapazität digitaler Plattformen durch ihre Fokussierung auf die Verstärkung akustischer Signale und auf die Unterdrückung von Geräuschen als „unerwünschte Störung“ nach und nach zu einer Auslöschung des menschlichen Körpers? Was bedeutet dieser Verlust des “Embodiements” für das Lehren, Lernen und die künstlerische Praxis? Wie kann die Offline-Welt durch die Online-Erfahrungen neu zugänglich gemacht werden? Diesen und anderen Fragen geht das Symposium nach und formuliert Handlungsoptionen: So wird ein Ma-gazin - eine „Zine“ - als Toolkit für das Lehren, Lernen und die künstlerische Arbeit in der nächsten Pandemie vorgestellt und performativ getestet.

Die Veranstaltung wird durch zwei Gastredner*innen bereichert: Prof. Heather Frasch (Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU) und Prof. Benjamin Jörissen (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg). Sie werden ihre Arbeit und Forschung zu diesen Themen diskutieren und mit den Studierenden und dem Publikum über das Potential dieser Zine für die On- und Offline-Vermittlung und die künstlerische Praxis ins Gespräch kommen.


Werkzeugsatz für die nächste Pandemie: Lernen, Lehren und Kunst machen zwischen virtuellen und analogen Räumen
Toolkit for the Next Pandemic: how to teach, learn and do art between virtual and analogue spaces
Zine zum Projekt


Anleitung zum Falten der Zine/ Introduction for do-it-yourself
This Zine was produced in the context of the interdisciplinary project, Klangliche Resonanzen im Digitalen Raum/ Sonic resonances in digital spaces, funded by the Gutenberg Lehrkolleg (GLK). It built on our Covid-19 pandemic experiences of teaching, learning, artistic production and working in digital spaces, and presents a series of text- and graphic-scores, exercises and performance material to approach the next pandemic critically.

The scores included in this Zine and others can also be found on
"ARS is not responsible for other content on the linked webpage."

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Herzliche Einladung !
14. Juni 18:00
Vernissage: PRÄZISION+, Unvorstellbare Genauigkeit und die Suche nach neuer Physik mit PRISMA+
Akademie der Wissenschaften und Literatur Mainz

Zur Eröffnung wird der Konzeptkünstler und Komponist Tim Otto Roth in einem Vortrag u.a. seine Licht-und-Klang-Installation AIS³ [aiskju:b] vorstellen, bei der er mithilfe von 444 illuminierten Lautsprechern im Kleinen die Abläufe im »verrücktesten Teleskop der Welt« – dem IceCube Neutrino Observatorium – erfahrbar gemacht hat.
Im Anschluss spricht er mit dem Klangkünstler Prof. Peter Kiefer (ARS) und dem Physiker Prof. Dr. Matthias Neubert, einem der Sprecher von PRISMA+, darüber, was passiert, wenn Kunstwerk und wissenschaftliches
Experiment zusammentreffen.

Vernissage: PRÄZISION+


Broken Music Vol. 2
70 Jahre Schallplatten und Soundarbeiten von Künstler*innen

17.12.2022 bis 14.05.2023

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

Book "Exhibiting Sound Art" for the exhibition broken music
We are happy and proud to have learned that our book also found its way to the Hamburger Bahnhof for the vol.2 of the renowned exhibition broken music and was displayed there.

Broken Music, Berlin

Neural is a printed magazine established in 1993 dealing with new media art, electronic music and hacktivism.

Review 9. Febr. 2023
audio artexperimental
Various Artists – Sounds of Absence


CD – Gruenrekorder

Despite the many negative impacts of the Covid-19 lockdowns, there were plenty of artistic and musical initiatives that drew conceptual inspiration from such an unusual and challenging time. One such project is Sounds of Absence by Peter Kiefer, head of the Art-Research-Sound project at the Mainz School of Music. For this project, Kiefer invited artists to submit field recordings made during the lockdown period, as well as compositions that expressed their experiences and impressions during this difficult period. Many hours of recordings were compiled – sound documents that offered a nuanced insight into the reality of the situation along with codified information on different environments, be they urban or natural. Only later, when the regulations became increasingly complex during the second lockdown, did the project transform into a work that brought together artists from various geographical areas to focus specifically on the theme of absence in those two very particular years. Compositions were collected from all over the world, encompassing a wide variety of approaches to audio capturing and electroacoustic composition. Theorizing an aesthetics of absence is certainly not a new concept, especially in music. This has recently been highlighted in relation to Glenn Gould, but there are an infinite number of examples starting with 4’33” by John Cage, or in the visual arts with Lucio Fontana, Edward Hopper and others, not to mention how it has been expressed in contemporary architecture. To be even more radical, one could say that the history of modern art is pervaded by the theme of absence if, as Deleuze and Guattari observed, it is a series of indefinable ephemeral sensations that compels us to look to other objects and memories. Absence is then an empty form that contains an induced and never satisfied desire, it works on unconscious and symbolic mechanisms, for which nothing can be certain. Alvin Curran, Lasse-Marc Riek, Juan Bermúdez, Wingel Mendoza and Stefan G. Fricke, to name just a few of the artists who participated in the project, have focused precisely on these mechanisms. It is the complexity and diversity of their contributions that make this collection truly special – a document of a dark time, but a time that was never without hope.

Review: Sounds of Absence on


Listening and Sound Art with Peter Kiefer | INVITATION
Thursday, on May 4th, Cologne
Agnesbuchhandlung, Neusser Str. 63, 50670 Köln

Not listening into a private conversation can be difficult, and yet most of the time we don't really listen: to the sounds and noises of our surroundings. The sound artist Peter Kiefer has made it his profession to listen and to build constellations that bring to mind the productivity of sounds – as he and Michael Zwenzner present in "Exhibiting SoundArt" (wolke 2022).
Next Thursday, on May 4th, the director of the Mainz art research sound programme will present his and other’s work at Agnes Buchhandlung in Cologne. Come by for a performance, introduction into listening and sound installation and join in the conversation!
Neusser Str. 63, 50670 Köln
Telefon: 0221 7200733
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Hinundweg Hören
Peter Kiefer @ Agnesbuchhandlung Köln
Organized by Wolke Verlag
Thursday \ May 4th / 8 pm
free admission / RSVP via

On the death of Peter Weibel
We from the ARS and the Sound Art Department at the Hochschule für Musik Mainz are deeply
saddened by the death of this energetic artist and motivator.
He did a lot for sound art and we are happy that we were able to meet him at the Sound Art at the ZKM
(the blue header picture shows the work resonate at the ZKM) and on other occasions.
He described himself as a sound artist and musician, among other things, and had a lasting impact
on the landscape of media art! He leaves a big gap and will be remembered.
Prof. Peter Kiefer for the Sound Art programme at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.


upcoming event

Salomé Voegelin's Uncurating Sound, Book Launch
14 March 2023 6-9pm in-person @lcclondon
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ARS congratulates team member Salomé Voegelin on the publication of her book!

An evening celebrating the publication launch with Salomé Voegelin and special guests Lina Džuverović, Richard Hylton and Cécile Malaspina
To celebrate the publication of Uncurating Sound: Knowledge with Voice and Hands, Bloomsbury, NY, 2023, by Salomé Voegelin, we are pleased to welcome Lina Džuverović, Richard Hylton and Cécile Malaspina, who will each respond to the book through a short intervention and then enter into conversation with each and the author, to speculate together on the institutional and socio-political consequences that might arise from the possibility of a sonic (sensory) knowledge enabled by uncurating.

More information: link to facebook


Buchpräsentation - book presentation
15. Februar 2023 - 15 h Museumsquartier , Wien, Vienna

Joint book presentation featuring

Exhibiting Sound Art, edited by Peter Kiefer & Michael Zwenzner
Klangräume | Hörorte (Listening Places | Sound Spaces) by Bernhard Gal.
Both books were published by wolke in 2022.
Presented by tonspur, Vienna

2 Klangkünstler – 2 Bücher
TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien stellt an zwei Orten im MuseumsQuartier Wien – der Barocken Suite C und der Buchhandlung Walther König im MuseumsQuartier Wien zwei Bücher über Klangkunst vor und lädt zur Diskussion mit den Autoren ein.
Beide beschäftigen sich mit einem Thema, das für Kunstschaffende wie für Kuratoren von vitalem Interesse ist, nämlich wie präsentiert man Klangkunst und wovon hängt die Wirkung von Klangkunst in der Öffentlichkeit ab.
Beide Bücher sind Ende 2022 im Wolke Verlag erschienen.
15:00 • Bernhard Gál, Präsentation HÖRORTE | KLANGRÄUME
16:00 • Peter Kiefer, Präsentation Exhibiting SoundArt Barocke
📍 Suite C - MQ Direktion, Hauptdurchgang, 1. Stock
17:30 • Barbara Barthelmes im Gespräch mit Bernhard Gál und Peter Kiefer
📍 17:30–19:00 • Buchhandlung Walther König im MQ Wien
Eintritt frei
Um Anmeldung wird gebeten unter
Buchpräsentation und Buchgespräch in deutscher Sprache.
Eine Veranstaltung von TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien in enger Zusammenarbeit mit Bernhard Gál, Peter Kiefer und Barbara Barthelmes. In Kooperation mit Wolke Verlag, Buchhandlung Walther König im MQ Wien und Q21/MuseumsQuartier Wien.

in Kooperation mir Buchhandlung Walther König,
MuseumsQuartier und Q21 (MuseumsQuartier Wien).


Ausstellung auf dem Campus der JGU

Schule des Sehens
22.09. bis 30.10.22
geöffnet: Di - Fr 15 - 19 Uhr, So 13 - 17 Uhr

Hochschule für Musik Mainz
Kammermusiksaal, Spiegelsaal, Treppenhaus
22.09. bis 13.10.22
geöffnet: Di - Fr 15 - 19 Uhr, So 13 - 17 Uhr

Der Eintritt ist frei.

Die Ausstellung wird von einer Dokumentation über den Künstler und sein Werk begleitet.

Wir danken dem Gutenberg Forschungskolleg und der Schule des Sehens.


Jacob Kirkegaard  Sound-Nature-Environment Ausstellung



Neues Projekt mit Prof. Salomé Voegelin im WS 22/23: Klangliche Resonanzen im digitalen Raum


Neuerscheinung: Exhibiting Sound Art
ab sofort erhältlich

Round table Knock, Tap, Rap
New Date: October 1 and 2, 2021 in Mainz, Germany