The artistic duo Sounding Situations is formed by Milena Kipfmüller and Klaus Janek and was founded in 2014. Their work is a careful composition of staged situation in urban spaces and live music placed theatrically in what can be discovered in loco. 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 their 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.
Sounding Situations 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 the duo 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 //