Uni.- Prof. Peter KieferKiefer Foto (1)

Prof. Peter Kiefer is sound artist, composer and sound researcher. He studied composition and classical percussion at the College of Music Cologne and philosophy, musicology and theatre-, film and television science at the University Cologne. Additional studies with Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Herbert Brün, Vic Hoyland and Michael Nyman. Since 1991 lecturer, since 2000 – 04 professor and head of the >MusicDept.< the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Since 2001 professor at the School of Music at Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz. In 2010 he initiated the Master Studies program „Sound Art-Composition“ and is head of the Department „Sound ArtComposition“. From 2017 – 22 he is research fellow at GRC for the project A.R.S. His compositions always focus on space as a central theme and have been performed internationally. He composed for traditional ensembles but also for experimental video art and electronic music. His music for the silent movie La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc from Ch. Th.Dreyer was performed in the Cathedral Notre Dame in Luxemburg. He was commissioned an orchestra piece for youth orchestra for the 25th anniversary celebration of the German Unity Day. The first perfomance took part on the day itself October 3rd, 2015 in the Berlin Philharmonie. Since 1991 he works as sound artist: his intermedia sound art-projects have been presented in numerous exhibitions: German Academy of the Arts Berlin, the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany Bonn, the Historical Museum in Luxembourg, the Couvent des Cordelliers Paris, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, the German Historical Museum Berlin, Fabbrica Europa Florence, City Museum Helsinki, FIN, Lenzburg and Bern CH, Sound Art Hannover, Deutzer Brücke Cologne for Brückenmusik X, Sound parc at the Federal Horticulture Show 2011 in Koblenz and in 2015 at the international Sculpture Biennale Blickachsen 10. He also works as curator on several occasions: 2004 he was artistic director of the large sound art festival KLANGRAUMRAUMKLANG in Cologne. He was invited to numerous symposia and international conferences e.g. keynote speaker at Bonn University or Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada. Author and publisher of „Klangräume der Kunst“ (Soundspaces in Art) at Kehrer, Heidelberg 2010.

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Dr. Carolin LauerFoto_Caro

Dr. Carolin Lauer holds a doctorate in literary studies. She is managing director of the Mainz School of Music, the International Singing Summer School, and the excellence program BAROCK VOKAL of the College for Ancient Music. Since January 2018 she also serves as managing director of the GRC research project A.R.S. – CUPRAS.



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Dr. Julia H. Schröder

Julia H. Schröder is a musicologist with research interests in sound art and sound studies as well as contemporary music, sound in theater and music & dance. In her research project at ARS – CUPRAS she focuses on the perception of open air sound installations. Her former postdoctoral research project at Berlin Free University’s Collaborative Research Center 626 resulted 2014 in a book on aesthetic experience in concert situations. Her doctoral dissertation on music and dance was published as “Cage & Cunningham Collaboration” (2011). She has been teaching at several universities in Berlin, currently at Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at University of the Arts Berlin and has been publishing and lecturing internationally.


Dr. Golan GurGolan-Gur-72dpi

Golan Gur is Research Associate in Sound Studies at the Mainz School of Music, Johannes Gutenberg University. He studied at Tel Aviv University and at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. He completed his doctoral studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin with a dissertation on Arnold Schoenberg and avant-garde notions of musical progress. His doctoral studies were supported bfellowships from the Minerva Foundation (Max Planck Society) and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. In 2014 and 2015, he served as a Newton International Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He also held research positions at the Herbert D. Katz Center of the University of Pennsylvania (2016) and at IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna (2017). His research interests include contemporary music and sound art, the history of music aesthetics and theory, and music and society in Israel.

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