The INHABIT program fosters the exchange between artists and scientists and enables new and challenging perspectives towards the research at the institute. The new Artist-in-Residence program calls on artists interested in cooperating with scientists from the humanities and natural sciences who are active in aesthetics research. INHABIT invites artists from a wide range of visual and performing art disciplines for up to three months to develop a new work or elaborate on an existing project. Residents are expected to execute their project as a performance, exhibition or concert in cooperation with a local exhibition venue. During the artists’ residence in Frankfurt/Main, the MPIEA provides spaces and resources and thus facilitates an environment for experimentation, dialogue and collaboration.
Pedro Oliveira is a sound artist and researcher who is mainly concerned with acts of sonic violence and colonial articulations of listening. His work inquires the materiality of sonic archives in the realm of political surveillance.
At the centre of his artistic and scientific work is the examination of speech recognition technologies, more specifically the so-called automated "accent recognition" software, which is used by the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) to determine the origin of asylum seekers. Oliveira investigates acts of collecting, organizing and taxonomizing vocal traits and their violent usage in systematically categorising individuals. His artistic interventions into the material embody an understanding of listening as a critical practice in which stories are told through gaps found in the archive (or database).
During his residence he will continue working on his research on the deployment of sonic biometric technologies to further understand how machine listening can be instrumentalized as a violent and dehumanizing device when embedded into asylum procedures. He will more specifically work on the notion of “distortion” as a set of material and discursive techniques (e.g.distortion as a character present in the timbral matter of voice itself) to critically challenge the workings of speech analysis systems.
Pedro Oliveira holds a PhD from the Universität der Künste Berlin, as well as an MA in Digital Media from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen and has most recently worked as lecturer and research associate in Media and Cultural Studies at the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf. He is also a founding member of the platform Decolonising Design. He has participated in international exhibitions as well as performances at SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; IASPIS, Stockholm; HKW, Berlin; transmediale Festival, Berlin, Deutschlandradio Kultur; ctm Festival, Berlin (HAU2); Goethe-Institut Brussels, Belgium; sonorities Festival, Belfast; ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin
Lea Letzel is a multimedia artist, director and pyrotechnician living and working in Cologne and Reykjavik. In her artistic practice she concentrates on the development of interdisciplinary scenic and performative work at the intersection of sound and music, media arts, dance and space.
Lea Letzel is especially interested in the concert format and questions around the conditions and conventions of performance situations. The examination of the relationship between art and music is also thematized spatially as her works are produced and performed in different forums between the white cube, black box and in the context of new music. Her visual and acoustic material is equally versatile and indeterminate, moving between pyrotechnical elements and the soundscape of a skate hall. Most recently, she was invited to the Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto as a scholarship holder of the Goethe-Institut to study Japanese pyrotechnics.
During her residency she will continue working on a project based on the fireworks notation of the Japanese chemist and fireworker Takeo Shimizu who she discovered during a residency at the Goethe Institute Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto. Around 1965 he developed a notational system for fireworks displays based on conventional musical notation. Taking this as a starting point she will deal with idea of notation as a multifaceted system between instruction, performance text and choreographic manual. In this context she will also reflect on the question of hierarchy between music and fireworks and its sonic potential which can be of equal value next to the visuality. As part of this, she will team up with different scientists from several departments, among others with musicologist Dr. Lara Pearson.
Lea Letzel studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen and the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Since 2015 she is also trained as a pyrotechnician and special effects technician. She has participated in international exhibitions as well as performances at Witte de With, Rotterdam; Maschinenhaus Essen; Theater Duisburg; Philharmony, Duisburg; Bundeskunsthalle Bonn; Bonner Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn; FrankfurtLAB, Frankfurt am Main; Acht Brücken Festival, Köln; Edith- Russ- Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg; PACT Zollverein, Essen.
Alexander Tillegreen is an artist and composer living and working in Copenhagen and Frankfurt am Main. His practice moves between sound, printmaking, light and painting in the form of installations and performances. The works interrelate on different levels and are often shown together in constellations alongside architectural, spatial, atmospherical, textual and even ephemeral interventions and elements.
Different scales of tension between the individual and the surrounding world are one recurring theme, raising questions regarding both sensorial perception and psychology. During his residency, he will continue his research and studio work into psychoacoustic phenomena and auditory illusions, and further explore the interdisciplinary boundaries and potentialities between science and art.
As part of this, he will team up with with neuroscientist Dr. Alessandro Tavano.
Together they will work on stimulus production and experimental arrangements that will conclude in both scientific and artistic manifestations, including a new sound installation within the framework of an exhibition situation. During his stay at the institute Tillegreen will also engage on different levels with a broader range of studies and scientists from different departments that relates to his own artistic practice and research.
Alexander Tillegreen completed his Meisterschüler at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste-Städelschule in 2017. Additionally he studied fine arts at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York and art history, musicology and sound studies at the University of Copenhagen. Alexander Tillegreen has participated in international solo and group exhibitions as well as performances at the MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST Frankfurt; CTM Festival, Berlin; Kunsthalle Darmstadt; fffriedrich, Frankfurt; Agnes Maybach, Galerie, Cologne; Jean Claude Maier Galerie, Frankfurt; Tom Christoffersen Gallery, Copenhagen; Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen; Code Art Fair, Copenhagen; and Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.