hocc88ren-membran-groesser.jpgARS – CUPRAS is a research project on sound as located between the arts and the sciences. We, a group of artists and musicologists, analyze sounding situations and sound art. We explore avenues of artistic research and collaborations between artists and scientists. We develop strategies to advance art and research on and in sound.

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news from 30. October 2020

Knock, Tap , Rap läd Sie herzlich zu einer virtuellen Auftaktveranstaltung per Zoom ein. 

Samstag, den 28.11.2020  •  16 – 17 Uhr

Wir werden alle Themen und Teilnehmer*innen präsentieren.
Der Round Table selber wird auf das Frühjahr 2021 verschoben, in der Hoffnung, dass wir dann auch viele von Ihnen live in Mainz begrüßen können.
Der Zoom Link folgt per Email an alle Interessierten.
Bitte senden Sie zur Anmeldung eine Email an: ars@uni-mainz.de


Knock, Tap, Rap invites you to a virtual launch event via zoom.

Saturday, 28.11.2020 • 4 – 5 pm (CET)

We will present all topics and participants.
The Round Table itself will be postponed until spring 2021, in the hope that we will then be able to welcome many of you live in Mainz.
The zoom link follows by email to all interested parties.
For registration please send an email to: ars@uni-mainz.de

20. October 2020

The Call for Papers is now closed
Thank you for your participation ! We were very pleased with the international response and the high quality of the submissions!
We will inform you about the programme of the Round Table as soon as possible here.

Round table Knock, Tap, Rap


Operating under the umbrella of the Gutenberg Research College at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, this project aims to open new prospects for interdisciplinary research on sound. The project is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and public awareness of our audible environment. It explores the variety of relations between sound as an object of scientific study and sound as a medium of art. Drawing on the paradigm of artistic research, we seek to explore questions of knowledge production and creativity as they pertain to artistic and research activities. We believe that the arts and the sciences can greatly benefit by a mutual exploration of their respective forms of perceiving, representing, and shaping the world.


The project concentrates on identifying and studying points of contact between the research of sound and artistic praxis. As a start, five areas will be studied in which an extensive research work and artistic experiments have been carried out:

  • Sound and Phenomena
  • Sound and Life Science
  • Sound and Anthropology/Cultural Studies
  • Sound and Nature
  • Sound and Structure

The project strives to facilitate a dialogue between scientists and artists within each of these broad areas. The project will result in publications, conferences, exhibitions, and more.

Art – Research – Sound
Cultural Practice of Sound in the context of Sound Art and Sound Research
Research project under the direction of Professor Peter Kiefer
Mainz School of Music
Gutenberg Research College
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

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