Douglas Henderson

The work of sound artist Douglas Henderson, born in Baltimore in the USA in 1960, covers electro-acoustic compositions and installations as well as visual works. Henderson is able to make sound into a sensory experience both as a sensual medium and as a cultural product full of social references.

He studied composition and music theory with Milton Babbit and Paul Lansky and gained his doctorate from Princeton University in 1991. Henderson has worked with theatres and dance companies and has taken the stage with experimental punk and noise bands. He has performed his own works in extensive tours throughout the USA and Europe. Until recently he was the head of the Faculty of Sound Art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has received many prizes for his work, including the MAP Award of the Rockefeller Foundation (2008) and the Gigaherz Prize for Electronic Music (2012). His works have been shown internationally in museums, galleries and at trade fair such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Mario Mazzoli Gallery and Art Basel. In 2007 Henderson was a guest of the Berlin Artists Programme of the DAAD and has lived in Berlin since then.

Gary Hill

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Gary Hill was born in Santa Monica in the USA in 1951 and was one of the first artists to experiment with the medium of video in the 1970s. He rapidly became internationally known for his revolutionary sound and film installations. A recurring theme in his work is the relationship between body and language – between the medium for perceiving the world and the medium that creates the context for that perception. A particular interest of Hill’s is the experience of speaking. His complex installations are often constructed in such a way that they are only completed with the interaction of the spectator.

Gary Hill’s works have earned him various prizes and have been shown in many solo exhibitions in such locations as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona and at the Venice Biennale.

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The artist couple(Sabine Schäfer and Joachim Krebs) work primarily in the areas of spatial acoustic art, MicroSound-LED-light art and audio-visual installation. Often working closely with scientists, the artists have been creating walk-in spheres of experience comprising MicroSound and ColourLight since 1997.

Sabine Schäfer was born in Karlsruhe in 1957 and studied piano and composition with Wolfgang Rihm and Mathias Spahlinger. Since 1992 she has been performing her installation and radiophonic sound art all over the world. In 1990-91 she developed the spatial acoustic art project ‘TopoPhonien’ using her own digital sound control technology, for which she won the Siemens Media Art Prize in 1993. Joachim Krebs was born in Karlsruhe in 1952 and also studied piano and composition. From 1968 to 1978 he was a member of the rock music theatre group Checkpoint Charlie. Since 1978 he has been heavily involved with non-European musical traditions, performing at numerous international festivals of contemporary music in the 1980s. In 1995 he began developing the process of audio-microscopy and the project series ‘Artificial Soundscapes’. Among his prizes and awards are the Beethoven Prize of the City of Bonn and a fellowship in the Villa Massimo in Rome.

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