Jury member @ DAAD

Fine Arts, Design, Film committee
February 16th, 2018

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst [German Academic Exchange Service] appointed me for two years as a jury member to their Fine Arts, Design, Film committee.

Via the DAAD's website: "The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. Since it was founded in 1925, around two million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. It is a registered association and its members are German institutions of higher education and student bodies. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy."

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Jury member @ Institute for Popular Music

Folkwang University of the Arts
January 26th, 2018

Director Hans Nieswandt invited label owner and influential musician Gudrun Gut, Popakademie Baden-Württemberg's president and CEO Udo Dahmen, and me to evaluate his brainchild, the Institute for Popular Music at Essen's well-known Folkwang University of the Arts, from a perspective of a critical friend.

We spent one day with the pop institute's faculty, and their students talking about their teachings, projects and plans. The candor, courage, and sensibility of all the people we met was beautiful and mind-blowing. Plus, I always love to visit the Ruhrpott.

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Jury member @ CreateMedia.NRW Düsseldorf

European Regional Development Fund
September 6th and 7th, 2017

The LeitmarktAgentur.NRW invited me to serve as a jury member for the lead market CreateMedia.NRW. For two days we sat in a Duesseldorf hotel and discussed complex, innovative, and outstanding proposals.

Via Wikipedia: "The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is a fund allocated by the European Union. Its purpose is to transfer money from richer regions (not countries), and invest it in the infrastructure and services of underdeveloped regions. This will allow those regions to start attracting private sector investments, and create jobs on their own."

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Jury member @ Cologne Game Lab

Künstlerinnenpreises NRW 2017
July 20th, 2017

Had the honour to serve as a jury member for this year's Künstlerinnenpreises NRW 2017 in cooperation with Next Level 2017 – Festival for Games.

My fellow jury members, Dr. Ruth Seidl / Chair Frauenkulturbüros Krefeld, Denise Gühnemann / Grimme Institut, Prof. Björn Bartholdy / Co-Chair Cologne Game Lab, Manuel Fritsch / Games Journalist, Katharina Tillmanns / Researcher Cologne Game Lab, Fee Bonny / Frauenkulturbüro, and I awarded two outstanding women, one superstar in the realm of independent games with the main prize and a grant for an innovative young talent. The awards ceremony will be held on November 10th at NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf.

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Talk @ Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln

A Perfect Match? On the Alliance of Sound and Visuals
April 18th,  2017

Gave a presentation for the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Germany's largest music academy, in Cologne. Prof. Michael Beil, chair of the renowned Studio for Electronic Music, invited me to his Electronic Composition class to talk about the historical development of my discipline, Visual Music.

In my lecture I focused on the significance of the close interrelation between sound and images. As founder and chair of the Visual Music major concentration at the Institute of Music and Media (IMM) at the Robert Schumann music academy I am also editor-in-chief of the highly praised Visual Music Archive online forum.

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Talk @ Goethe-Institute

A Perfect Match? On The Alliance Of Sound And Visuals
November 28th, 2015

Jörg Süßenbach, head of the music devision at Goethe-Institute Germany, invited me to give a talk on the relationship between sound and visuals for an international congregation of Goethe-Institute members in Darmstadt.

The delegation will be in Darmstadt to attend the cresc Biennale 2015 which is focused on the topic of Images of Sound.

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Talk @ MSD / Münster School of Design

A Perfect Match? On the Alliance of Sound and Visuals
November 20th, 2015

Gave a presentation at the Münster School of Design of Münster University of Applied Sciences on the historical development of my discipline Visual Music, and focused on the significance of the close interrelation between sound and images. I initiated the Visual Music major concentration at the Institute of Music and Media (IMM) of the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media, and am also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Visual Music Archive.

Prof. Nina Juric and Prof. Gregor Kuschmirz hosted my lecture. Both are alumni of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, and majored in Motion Design, a post-graduate-program I have been chair of since 1998.

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Visual Music @ tanzhaus nrw

Temps d'Images closing event
January 10th, 2015

For the closing event of the Temps d'Images festival I was invited to present works of my students at the fabulous tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf.

The tanzhaus nrw also showed the live performance Olympia by Orson Hentschel, student in the Music and Media program at the Institute For Music And Media. Olympia was created as Orson Hentschel's final project in my Visual Music class supervised by Andreas Kolinski and me.

Afterwards they threw a party in the tanzhaus' massive entrance hall. Live visuals by Tim Fehske, assistant professor for Visual Music Technology / Production, to the music by Christian S (Cómeme), assistant professor for Visual Composition / Graphic Design.

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Panelist @ Literature Club Düsseldorf

Interfaces as a hinge and interpretation
June 3rd, 2014

Prof. Dr. Swantje Lichtenstein invited Dr. Johanna Dombois and me to place a discussion along the boundaries of literature, theory and art at the closing event of the LCD - Literature Club Duesseldorf on in the renowned Salon des Amateurs in Düsseldorf.

The event itself was an experimental group performance. We included our favorite books, tarot cards, and audience participation. The subject Interfaces was open for new paths and opportunities. it was a kind of incision which represented the end of LCD. Sections, which divided a topic, and breaks, which need to be done. It was a wild, colorful, lively endeavor, and I am very greatful for this experience.

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Talk @ Macromedia University for Media and Communication

Just make it beautiful!
November 6th, 2013

Prof. Dr. Christof Breidenich invited me to give a talk at the Cologne campus of MHMK, Macromedia University for Media and Communication on the motion design process – from the client's briefing to the public perception.

I had a boss at a large German broadcaster who would tell me, "Just make it beautiful," when I wanted to discuss identity, concepts, and strategies with him. I took his quote as a stepping stone for my talk about communication design, and why I believe that design is a language, and that you need to know what you want to communicate, and to whom.

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