Poet's Evening

Christian Schloyer

Christian Schloyer © privat

Christian Schloyer (b.1976 in Erlangen) lives in Nuremberg. He is a text and sound artist focusing on poetry, poetry performance and electro-acoustic improvisation. His greatest passion is for cross-genre synaesthesic work with poetic texts. He has also written children’s books and a fantasy trilogy.
While studying Philosophy and German Literature in Erlangen, he initiated the Wortwerk open text workshop. He is the honorary head of LiteraturDing e.V., is responsible for the Nuremberg Poetry Night and was a member of the falschtechst-schlachtfest artists’ collective.

spiel ur meere, Kookbooks: Berlin 2007
panik blüten, poetenladen Verlag: Leipzig 2012
JUMP ’N’ RUN, poetenladen Verlag: Leipzig 2017

Awards (selection):
Open Mike 2004
Leonce und Lena Prize 2007
Bavarian Art Promotion Prize 2013
Munich Poetry Prize 2016

Projects (selection):
Troia ist tiefer 2008
Projesie-Prosajekt 2010
Zettelkastens Traum 2013
LiterraForming 2015

Michael Ammann

Michael Ammann © privat

Michael Ammann (b. 1967 Weiden) is a sound and improvisation artist whose work involves spatial sound, real time, interaction and coincidence. Before studying sound art with Professor Eller at the Hanover University of Applied Arts, Ammann had already, in 1997, founded the inter-disciplinary collective To:en, in which artists, writers, dancers and musicians are involved within the principle “acoustic stimuli provoke uncontrollable mental projections”. He continued his studies in the field of art and public space until 2004 at the Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts with Professor Hölzinger und Professor Georg Winter. Since 2002 he has been a master student of Professor Ottmar Hörl.

Ammann is the initiator of the QUADROPHONIA International Festival for Electro-Acoustic Art in Nuremberg and has written the music for several silent films including Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis. It has been written of him that he counters the various music adaptations with a world of noises, a whole cosmos of annoying sounds, vexatiously stunning waves of sounds.

Performances (selection):
ARS Elektronica Linz 2003
Blaue Nacht Nuremberg 2003/2006

Deutschlandradio 2004
Metropolis WfS Amsterdam 124th AES Convention 2008
Im Ausland Berlin 2012
Neues Museum Nuremberg 2013

Essl Museum Vienna 2014

D.A.I. Heidelberg, Tafelhalle Nuremberg 2017

Swantje Lichtenstein

Swantje Lichtenstein © Enkidu Leyendecker

Swantje Lichtenstein (b. 1970 in Tübingen) is a text-sound poet and performance artist. She lives in Düsseldorf. She studied Philosophy, Literature and Sociology in Tübingen, Cologne and Bonn. She gained her doctorate from the University of Cologne in 2001 with a thesis on poetological, performative poetry.
She performs internationally at various festivals and events including the Sound-Text Festival, NYC, the Poetic Voices Africa Festival, Cologne, International Poetry Festival, Bucharest, and Salon de Poesie, Guadalajara and Mexico City.
Since 2007 she has been Professor for Text and Aesthetic Praxis at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. She also teaches at other institutions including the Institute for Language Art, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and the Institute for Music and Media, Robert Schumann Music Academy, Düsseldorf.

Monographs (selection):

Das lyrische Projekt, Munich 2004
figurenflecken oder: blinde verschickung, Aachen 2006
Landen, Munich 2009
Entlang der lebendigen Linie, Vienna 2010
Horae, Berlin 2012
Geschlecht, Berlin 2013
Kommentararten, Berlin 2015
Von Form von Vorn – Literarisches Hören, performatives Schreiben und Gertrude Stein, Heidelberg 2017

Translations into German (selection):
Kenneth Goldsmith: Uncreative Writing. Sprachmanangement im digitalen Zeitalter, translated with Hannes Bajohr, Berlin 2017
Trevor Joyce: Poems, Edition Lana 2017

Kinga Tóth

Kinga Tóth © Dirk Skiba

Kinga Tóth (b. 1983 in Sárvár, Hungary) is a linguist and (sound) poetry illustrator. She works as a “communication specialist” (journalist) and is a reader for art magazines. Her own artistic work often crosses genre boundaries; she frequently performs her own poetic texts with sound support and has illustrated several of her own volumes of verse. She is also a songwriter and fronts the project Tóth Kína Hegyfalu and is a committee member of the József Attila Circle Literary Association of Young Writers, as well as an active member of numerous other projects and associations.

Fellowship of the Schloss Solitude Academy 2013
Havirov art residency, Czech Republic, Visegrad Project; Móricz Zsigmond Literature Prize 2014
Leipzig Book Fair, Visegrad Program Bratislava, Literaturwerkstatt Berlin 2015
Guest of Goldsmiths University, London; Rosenthal Fellowship Jena, BOSCH-Solitude-Wimmelforschung Art Program, GEDOK Art Fellowship Lübeck 2016
Best Poetry Debut, Haus für Poesie, Berlin 2017
Fellowship of the Literarisches Colloquiums Berlin 2017

Publications in English, German and Hungarian (selection):
Zsúr. Poems with Illustrations, Prae Kiadó 2013
All Machine Poems, Magvető Kiadó 2014
Village 0-24. Poems, Graphics and Sound Art, Melting Books Publisher 2016
Wir bauen eine Stadt. Poems, Graphicsm Photos, Parasitenpresse: Cologne 2016
Party. Poems with Illustrations, Bird LCC Publishing House 2017
Holdvilágképűek, Magvető Kiadó 2017