Talk @ CVM Symposium 2018

Teaching Visual Music
April 14th, 2018

The fabulous Center for Visual Music in Los Angeles invited me to talk about Teaching Visual Music at their Exploring and Preserving Visual Music symposium (August 14-16) in Sonoma, California.

Via CVM: "The CVM Symposium 2018: Exploring and Preserving Visual Music will explore the theories, histories and practices of Visual Music. It features two days of talks and presentations from international scholars, artists, students, curators and researchers, plus a final half day of special sessions. Set in Sonoma County’s wine country.

A series of screenings feature historical and contemporary visual music works. CVM is pleased to present this symposium in association with Sonoma State University at their Rohnert Park campus. Some of the special events are off-campus.The Symposium features talks on music visualization, sonification, color organs, visual music and art history, Oskar Fischinger, James

Whitney, Norman McLaren, Charles Blanc-Gatti, John Cage, Teaching Visual Music, 1960s psychedelic light shows, mapping, oscillocopes, preservation and more. Plus special video spotlights on Mary Ellen Bute and others, and screenings. A preview of the program is online."

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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 on the relationship between sound and visuals for a congregation of international 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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Workshop @ Peter Behrens School of Arts

Listen, Simply Listen.
November 11th, 2015

I gave a lecture on attentive listening as part of the annual Intra Muros week at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in the architecture department of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. In my workshop I juxtaposed the concept of Silence by John Cage, the piece I am sitting in a room by Alvin Lucier, and the graduation commencement speech This is water by David Foster Wallace. The students and I also practiced listening whithout judgement.

Oliver Kruse, Professor of Perception and Design Theory at the Peter Behrens School of Arts already initiated workshops and presentations on the topic of awareness and concentration as part of the Intra Muros week last year. This year he shared the responsibility for the program with graduate designer Nicola Richter.

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Workshop @ Academy of Art and Design Basel

The Self and the Other
March 30th and 31st, 2015

Regine Halter invited me to give the 2-day seminar The Self and the Other at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel for their Conceptional Design Masterstudio students. Had the repeated great pleasure of co-teaching with Ralf Neubauer.

In the two days of the seminar the students critically reflected, analyzed and discussed creating an identity for a client in the broader context of corporate identity projects.

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