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Bonn hoeren - Urban Sound Art in Bonn since 2010
Thu, April 20, 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM EDT
Sound art as installation art has its own approach to public space. It is site-specific and time-specific art. In other words, the space in all its various dimensions is the basis for the work. And to this dimension belongs sound. This applies equally to installations in interior as well as exterior spaces. In the latter case, the relationships are naturally more complex, as these spaces were not designed per se for art, but meant for daily life with diverse uses and non-uses.
Sound art in public space has a long history, beginning in the early days of sound art in the 1960s. With this awareness of history, bonn hoeren has invited every year since 2010 an acclaimed sound artist to work in Bonn. Initiated and financed by the Beethoven Foundation for Art and Culture of Bonn (Beethovenstiftung für Kunst und Kultur der Bundesstadt Bonn), Bonn was the first city worldwide to invite annually a sound artist to a 6 month residency to create a sound installation in public space. Each year the focus changes. Past themes have included sound art and urban planning, sound art and the public, sound art and architecture, sound art and landscape and sound and the city. Since 2015 bonn hoeren works every year together with another cultural institution of the city, for example with the university, the theatre, the art museum. The project bonn hoeren for urban sound art will take place yearly until 2020 in Bonn.
Carsten Seiffarth, was born in 1963 in berlin; orchestral music studies at the franz liszt school of music, weimar (trombone); musicology/sociology studies at the tu berlin. from 1991 on, freelance project work as a curator and producer for sound art and contemporary music. curated numerous solo and group exhibitions, in germany and in other countries, for example, in austria, the netherland, belgium, denmark, romania, luxemburg, slovenia, u.s.a., croatia, norway, mexico. editor of several books, singuhr – hoergalerie, tesla media art lab berlin, paul demarinis, gordon monahan, etc. member of the festival direction "INVENTIONEN“ 2000/02/04/06/08, Berlin. 2005-2007 member of the artistic direction of the media art laboratory tesla in berlin. 2011/2012 artistic director of sound exchange, a project about experimental music cultures in central and eastern europe. since 2010 curator + artistic director "bonn hoeren“, urban sound art in bonn and since 1996 curator + artistic director "singuhr – sound gallery", since 2014 "singuhr – projects" berlin.