Round Table Knock, Tap, Rap

October 1 and 2, 2021, the roundtable will be held at the Hochschule für Musik Mainz, Germany
Guests welcome according to the Corona hygiene regulations in force at the time.
Registration necessary.

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)
Sandra Del Rio Bonnin, Janine Eisenächer, Jim Igor Kallenberg, Joshua Weitzel
16:00 - 16:30 Round Table discussion

16:30 - 16:45 Coffee Break

16:45 - 17:15 Performance Dirk Marwedel/Joshua Weitzel
17:15 - 17:45 drinks
18:00 - 18:30 Performance Florian Dombois from Zürich
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 (Knocking and Health)
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
Julia H. Schröder, Michael Günzburger/Mara Züst, Dirk Marwedel, Hubertus Müller
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)
John Dack, Louise Devenish, Nicola Hein
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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