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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.

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Book "Exhibiting Sound Art" at the exhibition Broken Music, Berlin

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

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Vernissage: PRÄZISION+, Unvorstellbare Genauigkeit und die Suche nach neuer Physik mit PRISMA+ Akademie der Wissenschaften und Literatur Mainz

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+

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Salomé Voegelin’s Uncurating Sound, Book Launch in London

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.

Uncurating Sound will be available to buy on the night during a drinks reception that will follow the talks.

Uncurating Sound performs, across five chapters, a deliberation between art, politics, knowledge and normativity. It foregrounds the perfidy of norms and engages in the curatorial as a colonial knowledge project, whose economy of exploitation draws a straight line from Enlightenment’s desire for objectivity, through sugar, cotton and tobacco, via lives lost and money made to the violence of contemporary art.

Salomé Voegelin is a Professor of Sound at London College of Communication, member of CRiSAP, and an artist and writer engaged in listening as a socio-political practice of sound.

Lina Džuverović is a Lecturer at the Film, Media and Cultural Studies Department, Birkbeck College, University of London, where she also co-directs BIRMAC-Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture.

Richard Hylton is curator, writer and artist. Since the early 1990s, he has organized a significant number of exhibitions and edited publications involving a wide range of practitioners.
Cécile Malaspina is a program director for the Collège International de Philosophie, Paris, as well as for the Art & Curatorial Practice program at New Centre for Research and Practice
Full texts and accessibility info are on Eventbrite

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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.

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Exhibiting Sound Art book presentation in Vienna 2023

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).

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Symposium Jan van Eyck- Maastricht

Symposium: The Derailment of the Usual
How architecture, sound and technology influence our perceptions

at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands
15 till 16 December 2022
On 15 and 16 December 2022 sound artist Paul Devens, Bureau Europa, the Jan van Eyck Academy and Conservatorium Maastricht organise the two-day, free-to-attend symposium The Derailment of the Usual. We explore the ways architecture, sound, and technology influence our perception and experience, as well as politicise society.
Renowned artists and speakers such as Raviv Ganchrow, Linnea Semmerling, Peter Kiefer, Caroline Claus, Jacob Kirkegaard, Niamh McDonnell and Luca Soudant will be present. In addition, there will be performances by Glice, Kacper Ziemianin and students of the Maastricht Institute of Arts & Conservatorium Maastricht.

Derailment of the Usual

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Happy New Year 2023 !

image: dashu83 auf Freepik

The "ARS-project" from Mainz wishes everyone a Happy New Year 2023 !
May it be peaceful and bring many great listening experiences.

Peter Kiefer

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Epistemologie des Klopfens: Aspekte einer klanglichen Kulturpraxis

Klopfen ist eine klangliche Kulturpraktik, die wir alltäglich ausüben. Sie trägt bei näherer Betrachtung eine Fülle von Bedeutungs- und Handlungsebenen, vom Anklopfen an der Türe, dem Abklopfen von Materialien in Brückenbau, Handwerk, Nahrungsproduktion oder in der Medizin, bis hin zum Klopfapplaus bei akademischen Vorträgen. Die Forschungsgruppe "ARS art – research – sound" trug in einem interdisziplinären Symposium in Mainz verschiedene Klopfpraktiken zusammen. Jim Igor Kallenberg und Joshua Weitzel präsentieren die unterschiedlichen Perspektiven auf das Klopfen aus Kunst, Medizin, Materialprüfung und Klangforschung und zeigen dabei auch exemplarisch auf, wie Klangforschung anhand eines akustischen Einzelphänomens aus unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln aussehen kann. Das Klopfen wird als akustischer, semiotischer, literarischer, kommunikativer und philosophischer Gegenstand untersucht. Dabei zeigt sich das Klopfen als fragende Klanghandlung, die eine Antwort provoziert. Klopfen eröffnet einen Resonanzraum der Erwartung. Konkrete Beispiele aus Literatur, Forschung, Handwerk, Musik und Klangkunst illustrieren dabei die jeweiligen Perspektiven des Klopfens.

Jim Igor Kallenberg · Joshua Weitzel
Künstlerisch-wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter, Forschungsprojekt ARS art – research – sound,
Hochschule für Musik Mainz HfM, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Epistemologie des Klopfens: Aspekte einer klanglichen Kulturpraxis
Dienstag, 25. Januar 2022, 18:15 Uhr



Round Table Knock, Tap, Rap


October 1 and 2, 2021
Hochschule für Musik Mainz, Germany

Yesterday the Round Tabel Knock Tap came to an end after one and a half brilliant days.
We could experience live and online outstanding lectures of 15 speakers and four performances or lecture-performacnes.
We welcomed guests from Barcelona, Mallorca, London, Zurich, New York, Berlin, Hannover, Wiesbaden, Kassel, Frankfurt.

Many thanks to all speakers, performers, participants and organizers.

Prof. Peter Kiefer , October 3, 2021


If you have any questions regarding the round-table, please do not hesitate to contact us:



Friday, Oct 1
Black Box, School of Music Mainz

15:00 Welcome, Prof. Dr. Immanuel Ott, Prof. Peter Kiefer

15:15 - 16:00 Epistemologies of Knocking (english)
Chair: Prof. Peter Kiefer
Sandra Del Rio Bonnin, Janine Eisenächer, Jim Igor Kallenberg, Joshua Weitzel
and online Francesc De Paula Daumal Domenech
16:15 - 16:45 Round Table discussion

16:45 - 17:15 Performance Dirk Marwedel/Joshua Weitzel

17:15 - 17:45 drinks

18:00 - 18:30 Performance "Struck Modernism" Ludwig Berger/Violeta Burckhardt/Florian Dombois/Khensani de Klerk/U5 live from Zurich

18:30 End of the day
19:00 Dinner

Saturday, Oct 2
Black Box, School of Music Mainz

10:00 - 11:00 Klopfen und Medizin deutsch (in German, Knocking and Medicine)
Chair: Anne Katrin Voss
Dr. Antonia Pfeiffer, Dr. Georg Domsel, Prof. Stefan Fricke
11:00 - 11:30 Round Table discussion

11:30 - 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:45 Klopfen als Handwerk und wissenschaftliche Methode
Chair: Joshua Weitzel
Michael Günzburger/Mara Züst, Dirk Marwedel, Hubertus Müller (cancelled)
12:45 - 13:15 Round Table discussion

13:15 - 14:30 Lunch Break, Cafe Baron on campus

14:15 - 15:15 Knocking in art (english)
Chair: Jim Igor Kallenberg
Dr. John Dack, Dr. Julia H. Schröder, Nicola Hein, Louise Devenish (cancelled),
15:15 - 15:45 Round Table discussion

15:45 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00 Closing Diskussion, host: Jim Igor Kallenberg, Joshua Weitzel

17:00 End

venue, getting there:Directions to Mainz School of Music


Knocking, Tapping and Rapping are terms to describe sounds as well as cultural practices that have important functions in a wide area ranging from everyday life to arts, religion, language and philosophy, communication and language. It became virulent recently in the political discussion about the «no-knock warrant» in the US.
But there seems to be more to the subject than that: from the use of knocking to test material to the literary topic of door-knocking, to the extensive use of knocking sounds in sound art and contemporary music. The sound of knocking, tapping and rapping inhabits and intervenes in multiple contexts.

For a two-day roundtable mini-symposium on the auditory phenomena ARS - CUPRAS has invited contributors from a variety of academic fields and professions as well as artistic contributions on the theme of knocking, tapping and rapping.

We would like to enable a multi-disciplinary exchange and hope to bring together a wide variety of approaches and views. And we also welcome contributions that approach the field of everyday sounds and their meaning under a different connotation.


Online-Symposium Knock, Tap, Rap in November 2020

A small online symposium was held on November 28. Craftsmen, natural scientists, artists, humanities scholars, and cultural scholars contributed their perspectives on Knock, Tap, Rap. We thank all contributors and participants.





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