Talk: Sound Art – Media Art – experimental music. Positions and options in medial border areas

Friday, October 2nd, 2015, from 6:00 p.m.
Kunstmuseum Bochum, Kortumstraße 147, 44787 Bochum
Organizer: Bochumer Kunstverein, Office medienwerk.nrw

Contemporary sound art and media art were the focus of a two-part event organized by the Kunstverein Bochum e.V. (in cooperation with the office medienwerk.nrw) at the Kunstmuseum Bochum. The first part was a panel-discussion on questions about sound art in the context of current media developments. Art-scholars and artists discussed the increasingly complex forms of the interplay of image and sound and their effects on artistic practice. The discussion was followed by a multimedia performance by Johanna Reich and Adriane Wachholz.

Speakers: Dieter Daniels (HGB, Leipzig), Denise Ritter (former media art scholarship holder of the state of NRW), Stephan Froleyks (artist, Münster), Moderation: Richard Hoppe-Sailer (Ruhr-University Bochum)

Among the discussion-participants was the art-historian Dieter Daniels, whose work has focused on the history and theory of intermedia art since its beginnings in the early 20th century. In this context Daniels also presented the project See This Sound, which includes a comprehensive web-archive on audiovisual culture. Denise Ritter and Stephan Froleyks also took part in the discussion, and were represented with site-specific works in the sound-art-project of the Kunstverein in Haus Kemnade, among others. The discussion was moderated by the art-historian Richard Hoppe-Sailer.

Panel-discussion on the sound-art- and multimedia- performance by Johanna Reich and Adriane Wachholz

The second part of the event was the audio-visual performance SQNCE by Adriane Wachholz and Johanna Reich. Here, electric guitars were used, which, however, were not played conventionally: the pick-ups were played by contact-free induction from electrical devices, like mobile phones and cameras. The images generated by the cameras were projected into the room in real time. Sound, image and space merged into a dynamic unity.

The office medienwerk.nrw was funded by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Office hosted by: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund.