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33rd Koblenz Guitar Festival & Academy | Sunday 1st - Monday 9th June 2025

Soundart installation Koblenz Guitar Festival & Academy 2021

14.-22. Oktober Rhein-Mosel-Halle

Wingel Mendoza
(1982, Mexico-City)

Colour Memories
Record player, paper records, colour sensors. 2021.

Colour plates rotate on four turntables, which are read by color sensors instead of record needles and converted into sounds. The records can be exchanged and the volume altered, interactively setting up different audio visual ensembles that precisely blur the boundaries of hearing and seeing and translate them into one another.

What remains of the colors of our memories? What kind of sound is associated with our memories? Were they really those colors? In an attempt to answer these questions Colour Memories triggers the sound of colored records, which change depending on the color.

© Credits / Fotonachweise: Bernhard Kils, Münster

Juan Bermúdez (*1994)

Echoes of the Fireflies (2021), Koblenz Version
QR codes distributed at different locations in the stairwell, audio playback on smartphone.

You are alive because you sound. As long as we are alive, we are medium and source of sound to enter into versatile transformative relationships with our (sonic) environment. The spatial placement at the unfamiliar space in the stairwell reinforces the sonic dimension of this relationship.

By scanning the QR code, you and your phone give a new sound a chance to be born, and in turn the sound will also transform you and your relationship to the environment. Listen with new eyes and look with new ears at yourself and the space opened up by the sounds.

Instead of humanizing nature to "speak", a multidirectional web of relationships opens up creating an opportunity to experience a non-humanized network that accounts for traffic in both directions. And just as a firefly proudly glows and sounds its way through the forest, we too vibrate through the area.

(Photos from Westfälisches Literaturmuseum Nottbeck 2021)

© Credits / Foto: Andreas Lechtape,  Münster

Danbi Jeung (*1991, Seoul)

Zu entfernt, oh, jetzt zu nah
Too distant, oh, now too close -
Bamboo, cable ties, 4-channel audio. 2021.

A company of porcupines huddled quite close together on a cold winter's day to protect themselves from freezing to death by each other's warmth. However, they soon felt each other's quills, which then moved them away from each other again. When now the need of warming brought them closer again, that second hardship repeated itself, so that they were thrown back and forth between both sufferings, until they had found out a moderate distance from each other, in which they could stand it best. -

Die Stachelschweine (1851), Arthur Schopenhauer

(Photo from Simoensstift Trier Juli 2021)

Photo: Martina Pipprich, Mainz 


Juan David Bermúdez
(*1994 in Bogotá, Kolumbien)

is a Colombian sound artist, composer and music producer. His work as an artist negotiates the experiential nature of and relationships between sound, space and time. Juan David studied music and sound engineering at the University Javeriana in Colombia. He has been part of the experimental music ensembles Time Canvases and Indemo, which situate music in everyday situations.

Photo: David Sanchez

Danbi Jeung
(*1991 in Seoul, Süd-Korea)

studied instrumental and electronic composition in Seoul and in Hanover and took her concert exam at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Wolfgang Rihm. Since 2019, she has been continuing her sound art studies in parallel with Prof. Peter Kiefer, Prof. Stefan Fricke and Prof. Anke Eckardt at the Hochschule für Musik in Mainz. In her art she works with the combination of sound, theater and text and includes, often with tongue-in-cheek humor, natural, social and psychological phenomena.

Photo: Jieun Jun

Wingel Mendoza
(*1982 in Mexico Stadt, Mexiko)

studied composition at Trinity College London and the Rotterdam Conservatory. He attended the "Meisterschüler" class for composition at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg and is currently a "Meisterschüler" in the sound art composition program in Mainz. His works expand the contexts of sounds through his own analog, digital instruments or external electronic sources and in interaction with other arts. In 2021 he is a resident of the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen.

© Credits / Fotonachweis: Bernhard Kils, Münster

Peter Kiefer

is sound artist, composer and sound researcher.
His compositions and sound art works always focus on space as a central theme and have been performed anmd exhibited internationally.

He taught at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and since 2001 he is 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“.

In 2018 he was awarded as research fellow for sound reserach at Gutenberg Research College for the project A.R.S. Art - Research Sound

Photo: Nicola Hein

Sound Art-Composition class of the University of Music Mainz

The Mainz School of Music is the first school of music in Germany to offer a Master’s degree in Sound Art-Composition. Since 2010 this study program invites musicians and artists who are seeking to enhance their artistic competencies in the area of sound art and composition. Since 2019 it has also been possible to study as a „Meisterschüler“ in the third stage.

The program is based on the latest developments in the intermediary concepts of music and art. Trends in sound art, audio-visual art, electronic composition, new music, and radio arts, the Ars Acustica, are combined into a thematic unity. Compositional approaches with a focus on spatialization and intermedia composition strategies are examined and refined at the highest artistic levels.

One focus is on sounding space - especially public space. The students develop spatial sound or sound installations as well as performative concepts, audio plays, concerts and media representations.

Very recently, the class Sound Art Composition presented works in the context of the festival SOUNDSEEING 2021 at the Kulturgut Haus Nottbeck and the Kunstverein Münsterland in Coesfeld. As well as at the festival OPENING in Trier where 15 works were shown in several locations in Trier, including the Karl-Marx-Haus, Museum am Dom and the Simeonstift next to Porta Nigra.

Students of the Master’s program were awarded numerous prizes: Operare Berlin 2010, Sound of E-Motion RWTH Aachen 2011, Kalkhof-Rose Scholarship, Rotary Cultural Promotion Prize, Artists' Scholarships New York of the Ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia, numerous residencies including Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, tokio wonder site and Sapporo in Japan and they have participated in exhibitions at the Kommunikationsmuseum Frankfurt and at the Art Basel. The sound-light-space resonate was shown at the festival >Luminale< in Frankfurt and afterwards in the cube of the ZKM Karlsruhe at the exhibition Sound Art.

Univ.-Prof. Peter Kiefer is the head of the department, currently Prof. Stefan Fricke, Prof. Dr. Salomé Voegelin and Lawrence Abu Hamdan also teach here.

Visiting professors have been: Prof. Dr. Florian Dombois, Prof. Alvin Curran, Prof. Miya Masaoka, Prof. Bernhard Leitner, Prof. Anke Eckardt, Andres Bosshard and Kaspar König.

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