Sounding Spaces with Karl Salzmann

20 April 2023

Sounding Spaces

In our last meeting we had an introduction to different ways of bringing sound into space. In this second workshop we want to find out how to listen to (sounding) spaces and places. After a short introduction to the many ways in which sound has been used in art throughout history, we’re going to move on to a collaborative listening experience. We will try to find out: Who is making sound, who is listening and what is the situation we are listening from? For this purpose I would like to ask everyone who has the possibility to bring a recording device and headphones. If you have a portable recorder, that’s great. If you don’t, a mobile phone will work as well! And – if you have a small bluetooth speaker at home – it would be great if you could bring that too! 

Karl Salzmann is an artist, curator and researcher using sound within performance, concept and installation art. Sound and/or noise are always present in his work – as a tool to shape spaces and forms; as a language to describe things; as a research object to investigate human perception as well as social and cultural realities. From 2016 – 2019 Karl was part of the artistic direction team of the exhibition and performance space “Zentrale. Space for sound and process art” in Vienna. He has been active internationally as a lecturer and currently teaches at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In 2017 he received the Erste Bank Art Prize and in 2019 the Austrian State Scholarship for Media Art. Since October 2020 he is part of the team of Support Art and Research at Angewandte and currently is in the process of developing and implementing a Sound Research Lab there. Aside this and since September 2021 he is a PhD candidate in the artistic doctoral program at the ARC (Artistic Research Center) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where the turntable is in the focus of his reasearch.