7. September 2020

Requiem for the Disappeared

A listening installation for those who died alone and unnoticed and for those who will die alone and unnoticed in the future

by Gesche Piening, with a composition by Mathis Nitschke (among others)


September 19 to November 22, 2020, St. Lukas, Mariannenplatz, Munich

The installation can be visited individually and takes place all day in the open air next to the St. Lucas Church (Mariannenplatz, 80538 Munich).
Admission free of charge.

  • six open-air listening stations next to the St. Lucas Church in Munich
  • six biographies of lonely and unnoticed deceased Munich residents
  • six requiems for lonely and unnoticed deceased
  • six farewells from unknowns
  • only 1 visitor per listening station
  • open daily all day
  • duration approx. 70 min.


Every year, over 600 people are buried in Munich ex officio. Tendency continuously slightly increasing. A funeral is performed “ex officio” if none of the relatives who are obliged to pay for the funeral are willing to take over the care of the dead. Or if there are no relatives who are obliged to take care of the buried. Or these cannot be located. The audio installation “Requiem for the Disappeared” would like to commemorate these lonely and unnoticed deceased Munich residents. For this purpose, six biographies were selected on behalf of all those buried ex officio, for which requiems for the dead were composed. These requiems of the dead are the focus of the audio installation “Requiem für Verschwundene”, which was originally planned as a theater premiere at HochX. Due to the current corona crisis, the theater project was transformed into an open-air listening installation.

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Konzept und Regie: Gesche Piening
Konzeptionelle Mitarbeit und Dramaturgie: Katja Huber

Komposition: Moritz Eggert, Maria Hafner, Mathis Nitschke, Wolfgang Petters, Manuela Rzytki, Asmir Šabic
Musiker*innen: Zoro Babel, Farandole-Quartett, Mathias Götz, Maria Hafner,
Claudia Kaiser, Martin Lickleder, Mathis Nitschke, Wolfgang Petters, Peter Pichler, Manuela Rzytki, Asmir Šabić
Sprecher*innen: Maria Hafner, Andreas Neumann
Installation: Jan Ott
Sprachaufnahmen: Manuela Rzytki
Mastering: Zoro Babel
Graphik und Design: Jeannette Kummer
Produktion: Ulrich Zentner
PR & Öffentlichkeitsarbeit: Kathrin Schäfer KulturPR

Gefördert vom Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München.
In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kunstausschuss St. Lukas.
Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch das HochX Theater und Live Art

23. July 2020

Walkthrough Videos of Vergehen & Inside MPhil

Finally I had the opportunity to create walkthrough videos of the smartphone experiences “Vergehen” and “Inside MPhil – St. Nicolai”. So people who have no possibility to visit the Experiences in Munich can get an impression. I will add subtitles later.

These videos are for archival documentation purposes. The sound was recorded directly (live) from the smartphone.
Unfortunately, the GPS system worked very weak that day, the reactions to position changes were very slow. Also the GPS coordinates were shifted altogether. Normally the woodwind instruments in Inside MPhil are located in the bushes.


11. June 2020

Machine Learning for Musicians and Artists

First time I actually finished an online course.

“Machine Learning for Musicians and Artists” is a course hosted on Kadenze.com and taught by Dr. Rebecca Fiebrink. It proved to be instructive and inspiring and helped effectively for the communication with specialists from the field. It’s a good intro if you’re new to the area and interested to see how simpler ML algorithms can be related to music and performance art.

My course review here: https://mlure.art/course-review-machine-learning-for-musicians-and-artists/


23. May 2020


MLure.art is a new central blog covering artistic research projects related to Machine Learning (= Artificial Intelligence) in theatre and music. Most of the projects are initiated by me.

People involved in these research projects are Elsa Büsing, Klasien van de Zandschulp, Luciano Pinna, Mathis Nitschke, Patrick van der Smagt, Djalel Benbouzid and Boton Cseke.

The research is funded and supported by the Dutch Stimuleringsfonds, the German Fonds Darstellende Künste and the Volkswagen Group Basic Machine Learning Research Lab ARGMAX.

Drawing by Katharina Dobner

24. April 2020

FLOW by Vllrich

In this video, a further developed version of the real-time audio-visual artwork “Flow” performs with the piece “Ida Lupino”, composed by Carla Bley, played by pianist Paul Bley, released on the 1973 ECM album “Open, to love” – one of the most influential recordings in the history of jazz piano.

“Flow” by Lars Ullrich and Mathis Nitschke was originally commissioned by Hyundai Card for their 2019 exhibition at Storage in Seoul, Korea, on the 50th birthday of the famous music label ECM Records. “Flow” lets the visitor experience the label’s musical thinking. Constant motion in space and time and horizontal musical development: these are the core attributes to which ECM founder and producer Manfred Eicher dedicated his life’s work.

“Flow” takes the colors of the album cover to render its shapes. Live Particle systems generate a continuous stream of 3D objects in various forms. The choice of forms, their impulse, their distribution and their speed of movement are selected on the basis of a physical 3D engine, whose parameters are automatically tuned to the music currently being played. By creating an abstract landscape from the music, the visitor can explore the music’s fluid dynamics and be part of its organic behavior: The listener is literally drawn into the music.


14. April 2020

Sound Mix Concert Video Duo2KW

I did the sound mixing for this concert video with very unusual music.

DUO2KW with Klaus-Peter Werani, viola, and Kai Wangler, accordion, have produced their corona-canceled concert in the schweres reiter for the online stream and address the audience directly in the stream with the composers. Compositions by Morton Feldman, Sidney Corbett, Harald Lillmeyer, Stefan Prins and Philipp Mayer (UA) can be heard and seen. An arc is drawn from the “New York School” (Morton Feldman) to contemporary composition with various forms of electronics and playback (Prins and Mayer).

DUO2KW: Klaus-Peter Werani – viola, Kai Wangler – accordion

Sound Performer and Multitrack Recordist: Zoro Babel, Film: Felix Hentschel

+ + + PROGRAM + + + 00:00 Welcome 01:47 Morton Feldman (1926-1987) The Viola in My Life 3 for viola and piano (1970) 08:49 Greeting Sidney Corbett 11:58 Sidney Corbett (*1960) Bone Dances (2008) for viola and accordion 27: 54 Greeting Harald Lillmeyer 29:33 Harald Lillmeyer (*1959) balanced relation for viola and accordion (2017/2020) for klaus-peter werani and kai wangler 36: 12 Greeting Stefan Prins 40:40 Stefan Prins (*1979) EROSIE ( MEMORY SPACE # 1 ) for viola & bayan (or accordion) (2005) 58:38 Greeting Philipp Christoph Mayer 01:01: 48 Philipp Christoph Mayer (*1995) Tat – ort für viola & accordion + feeds (2019) dedicated to Kai and Klaus-Peter (DUO2KW) Commissioned by the DUO2KW, financed by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation 01:19:56 Credits

Supported by the Cultural Department of the LH Munich, the German Music Fund, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and the Klangbrücke e.V. association © 2020

2. April 2020

Go to smallplaces.art and listen

The ECM exhibition in Seoul has come to an end, my equipment is back in Munich. I immediately became nostalgic. So I’ve put the streaming server for “Small Places” back into operation and will let it run for the next weeks and months even without the exhibition, playing the whole catalogue of ECM Music from beginning to end. At https://smallplaces.art/ you can be surprised again and again by the immense stylistic range of the wonderful ECM artists. I myself have made wonderful new discoveries during the last months and I am looking forward to discovering much more.

Buchdeckel "Der moderne Tod" von Carl-Henning Wijkmark
1. April 2020

To Live

Justified criticism of the regents mixes with dangerous trivialisation of the virus, existential fear can no longer be separated from the fear of the health risk, highly interesting ethical questions come to a radical head and are buried under a wave of opinions and assertions.

Out of this serious confusion – once again – a good book has helped me. I took the crisis as an opportunity to re-read one of the books that is most important to me, “The Modern Death” by Carl-Henning Wijkmark, under the light of the Corona pandemia.

The fiction is radically real: at the end of the 1970s, the Swedish government (project group: DELLEM) invites people to a secret symposium on the subject of “The last stage of man’s life”. The real issue is how to get rid of the overaged society that we can no longer afford or want to afford. The question of how to kill the unproductive elderly and other superfluous people in the most humane way possible is discussed in a very practical way.

In Carl-Henning Wijkmark’s experimental literary work, a medical ethicist, a writer and intellectual historian and – almost ironically short – a theologian have their say alongside the inviting ministerial director Bert Persson. With the exception of the writer, all the experts agree that the main thing that is needed is to convince the population of the harmful effects of selfishly clinging to one’s own life, and how much it threatens the country’s economic future.

First published in 1978, the book was only translated into German in 2001, both times without any great response. Wijkmark was obviously several decades ahead of the times, and what he had to say is still unpleasant today.

Reading it has brought me peace with the restriction of freedom. Read in my personally colored book review why: To Live

23. March 2020

Music theatre and orchestra in times of Covid-19

When I started to deal with the topic of smartphones/headphones/walking, I had no idea what significance such works could have for the current cultureless time. Somewhat uncanny.

“Vergehen” is an opera that you can walk through on your own:

Info: http://vergehen.net/

Even the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra can be enjoyed without worries:

Info: www.insidemphil.de


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