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Prof. Kirsten Reese

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Prof. Kirsten Reese

Kirsten Reese studied flute, electroacoustic music and composition in Berlin and New York. As a composer and sound artist she creates works for electronic media and instruments, installations, and performative works with electronic media. Her works focus site-specific, spatial and perceptual as well as performative and narrative aspects.

Since 2005 Kirsten Reese teaches composition and electronic music at the University of the Arts. From 2007 - 2009 she was guest professor for artistic transformation at the UdK. 2011 she taught at the Bern University of the Arts in the program music and media art. In 2018 she was docent for composition at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, teaching the workshop "Composing with the Archive". 2002-2007 she was part of the research project "Music and Gender on the Internet (MUGI)" at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.

Since 2017 Kirsten Reese is director of the UNI.K Studio for Klangkunst und Klangforschung at UdK (UNI.K | Studio for Sonic Art and Sound Research). She is part of the artistic team of KlangKunstBühne.

Focal points of Kirsten Reese's artistic work and research are: Sonic Ecology and Agency, diversity and specifity (technological, social, ecological), gender and interculturality in the sonic arts, sound perception and transformation processes ("Cobourg" ensemble composition, radio composition and artist publication AdK 2021, "Neglou" composition for underwater speakers and trumpet 2019), composing with "found sound" and archival and documentary material. Her interest for different loudspeaker and media constellations and the aura of historic electronic instruments is explored in "Light Green Rituals" for Fairlight Synthesizer und Ensemble (2018) and "Atmende Kugel/breathing sphere" for six voices and Hermann Scherchens rotating loudspeaker sphere (2017). Another focus lies on compositions, installations and audiowalks for urban and rural landscapes, i.e. „no voice audible but that of the sea on the far side", installation in a sound damping cylinder structure in Aarhus harbour (2013), and „KlangBallon" for instruments, mobile loudspeakers, sensor data and three trumpets in a hot air balloon (2010).

Kirsten Reese has worked with renowned instrumentalists and ensembles, her works were featured at international festivals and exhibitions, Memories in Music Akademie der Künste 2021, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 2021/2011, Donaueschinger Musiktage 2019/2013/2006, Wien modern 2017, Heroines of Sound 2015, SPOR Festival Aarhus 2013, SoundArt ZKM 2012, Festival Rümlingen 2010/2007, Borealis Festival Bergen 2009, MIBEM Festival Melbourne 2008. She received numerous grants and residencies, i.e. Goethe Institute music residency Australia 2019, Villa Aurora Los Angeles 2009, Cité des Arts Paris 2005/06, Nomination/Special Award German Sound Art Award (Deutscher Klangkunstpreis) 2010.

Since 2022 Kirsten Reese ist member of the Academy of Arts Berlin.