Sounding Situations work is a careful composition of staged situation in urban spaces and live music placed theatrically in what can be discovered in loco. Since 2014 the collective explores theatrical situations between musictheatre, staging and composition with live music, instruments, recordings, samples, speach and live editing. Often radio, transducers and mobile loudspeakers are installed or move with the audience through a theatre, through cities, join a walk or a longer hike through a metropolis till a mountain valley. A focus of the work lies in the live processing of original musical material, field recordings and language sounds, that, interconnected, change their original definition and become a net of sounding meanings. By the use of compositional and performative strategies the perception of the audience is shifted between the reality and a fictive acoustic imaginary.
[SNDNG STTNS] works as a collective and follows an ongoing artistic research developing “performative instruments” under the perspective of their philosophical, conceptual and artistic production processes. Therefore the work looks always for a strong relation to the environment in its material, acoustic and political context. Collaborations range from musicians to choreographers, visual artists, authors and theatre and film directors.
The longterm ongoing work in residencies and commissions brought [SNDNG STTNS] to create various adventurous performative situations and to give academic lectures in universities around the world, such as Germany, Italy, Belgium, Canada, Brasil, Israel and Rwanda.
Milena Kipfmüller was born and grew in Brazil, where she studied oboe and piano. After moving to Germany she decided to continue her studies at the faculty of applied theatre studies in Giesen with Heiner Goebbels, Xavier Le Roy, Mathilde Monnier, Antonio Araújo and where she focused on sound, radioplays and dramaturgical work. Her works blend different media together and approach often political and current questions. She was scholarship holder on the program for young European artists, curators and producers (Festival in Transition). Her radioplay “Hate Radio” about the Rwandan genocide won the Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden 2014. She got a fellowship of Robert Bosch Stiftung and collaborated with groups such as matthaei&konsorten, Gob Squad, was founding member of sounding situations and IIPM. // www.milenakipf.de //
Klaus Janek combines the doublebassplaying with electronics as compositional tools. He collaborates extensively with movement, spoken words and music theater, seeking the balance between aesthetics and discourse. He performed at the Louvre, Berghain, CTM, Impulstanz and many other places and festivals, tours regularly in all continents, earned a scholarship from Robert Bosch Stiftung and grants from culture exchange office Berlin and culture office, Bolzano. – // www.klaus-janek.de //
Jens Dietrich works as curator and freelance dramaturge. He studied Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen under the director and composer Heiner Goebbels. During and after his studies, he worked at Richard Foreman’s Ontological Theater in New York as well as at the Bühnen der Stadt Köln and the Theater Freiburg. Since 2004 he is active in various international collaborations. 2009 he joined the International Institute of Political Murder (IIPM). 2014 he founded the group “Political Bodies” together with Yolanda Gutiérrez. He curated the Russian Performing Arts section of the Nordwind Festival 2015. In 2016 he joined Sounding Situations and co-directed the audio play “Kunst im Verhör” (WDR) together with Milena Kipfmüller and the walkable music theatre “Rwandan Records”, which premiered at the HKW Berlin in 2019. – // www.jens-dietrich.com //
Fabia Mekus is a cultural manager and completed her bachelor’s degree in ethnology and educational science at the University of Cologne. In this context, she has primarily dealt with the topics of feminism and postcolonialism. In the master’s degree in cultural management and cultural education at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, her core interests included various management and marketing strategies for the cultural sector, and above all cultural-political and cultural-sociological topics. Fabia is involved in various cultural projects in Cologne and Hamburg as production manager, including the Sommerblut Kulturfestival eV, the Cologne Institute for Culture and Education, the performance collective Performing Females and the Grenz sind relativ eV. In addition, she has been working as a fundraiser for various artists, associations and collectives since 2017. In her work, she focuses on socio-political issues, sustainable working methods and collective ways of work and creation. In 2019 she joined Sounding Situations covering the fields of production management and co-thinking.
photo by Chris Schwagga