24 Nov 2021 | Dieter Mersch | Sound in Artistic Research

Quelle: Dieter Mersch

Lecture: Sounds of Silence. On compositional research

The musical production of the post-war period often saw itself as as "experimental". The fuzzy term can be specified, if understood from the point of view of a genuine research practice. This equally concerns noises, tones, sounds, and silences, their relation to space and time as well as to the listeners and their specific "work of hearing", the "howling" (Ginsberg) of real events in the world and their recording or archiving by mass media, which carry their noise into the last corners of private existence. Sound as Research was pursued in a particularly radical way in the succession of John Cage by the Fluxus artists, who based their aesthetic practice primarily on the emptiness and fullness of musical performance. The lecture will deal with some famous examples, in order to not only explore the limits and possibilities of the concept of research in the arts, but also to sharpen its definition.


Moderator: Bernhard Rietbrock

Dieter Mersch

Dieter Mersch, Prof. em. for Aesthetic Theory at the Zurich University of the Arts and former director of its Institute for Theory, also was the president of the German Society for Aesthetics until this year. Most important publications: Was sich zeigt. Materialität, Präsenz, Ereignis (2002); Ereignis und Aura. Untersuchungen zu einer Ästhetik des Performativen (2002); Medientheorien zur Einführung (2006); Posthermeneutik (2010); and Epistemologien des Ästhetischen (2015).

Sound in Artistic Research

In the winter semester 2021/22, Sound Studies and Sonic Arts presents a lecture series exploring sound in artistic research. The genome of the master program implies an understanding that theory and practice mutually inform each other and represent two sides of the same coin. We’d like to invite you to join this lecture series and explore the different perspectives on the topic of artistic research as an encouragement to reflect on your own positioning.

Artistic research, aesthetic research, and practice-based research have gained a lot of momentum at art schools and universities in the past few decades. Focusing on alternatives to established methodologies and paradigms based on evidence, historical and political analysis, musicology, critical thinking, and cultural studies, this lecture series addresses how artistic research has been established in sound studies and in the sonic arts.


Primarily for the current MA Sound Studies and Sonic Arts students at the UdK, these talks are also open to the general public and students from all other institutions and departments.

Wedensdays | 18:00 – 20:00 p.m. | online

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