GUSAC – Gutenberg Sound Art Academy 2019

groupfoto_GUSAC fürs WEbleft to right, from back to front
3rd row: Carolin Lauer, Maria Chávez, Stefan Fricke, Peter Kiefer, Michael Zwenzner, Daniel Neumann, nn, Carsten Seiffarth, Meike Borchers, Han Halewijn, Clara Brea Sanchez, Lizaveta Loban, Christopher Dahm
2nd row: Julia Reif, Stefano Murgia, Julia Schröder, Salomé Voegelin, Hyun Ju Oh, Bernhard Leitner, Helga de la Motte, Miya Masaoka, Maija Julius, Anahita Ghasemi Nasab, Wingel Perez Mendoza, Nicolas Daleman, Seona Baek
1st row: Annie Strange, Tanja Workman (standing), Hye Young Sin, Linnea Semmerling, Natalia Dominguez Rangel, Sooyeun Lee, Anne Katrin Voss (not in the picture: John Cummings)
photo: Martina Pipprich, Mainz


Die GUSAC Gutenberg Sound Art Academy ist erfolgreich abgeschlossen.
Wir danke insbesondere allen Teilnehmer*innen an den künstlerischen Meisterkursen, den ReferentInnen und Panelteilnehmer*innen am Symposium “Exhibiting Sound Art”, den Besuchern des Symposiums und der Ausstellung und natürlich den Künstlern!
Für uns war es eine sehr bereichernde und inspirierendes Erlebnis.

The GUSAC Gutenberg Sound Art Academy has been successfully completed.
We would especially like to thank all participants* in the artistic master classes, the speakers and panelists* at the symposium “Exhibiting Sound Art”, the visitors of the symposium and the exhibition and of course the artists!
For us it was a very enriching and inspiring experience

Peter Kiefer
artistic director GUSAC

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Gutenberg Sound Art Academy 2019

19 – 25 August 2019 in Mainz, Germany


From mid to end of August 2019, an international sound art summer school will be held in Mainz, Germany. Invited by Prof. Peter Kiefer, two of the most internationally renowned sound artists today will teach master classes for artists and students from all over the world. The course will be delivered by Bernhard Leitner (Vienna), Miya Masaoka (New York) and Peter Kiefer (Mainz). The program will include theoretical sessions with experts in the field in order to facilitate exchange and debate among the participants.

Save the date of this unique event: 2019, 19 – 25 August

Who can apply?

Sound artists, young professionals, scholars, students and graduates of art, music, design and architecture-related courses of study, etc.

Terms & Conditions

The official registration deadline has expired.
We are pleased about registrations among other things from: Canada, Iceland, Sweden, Netherlands, Belarus, UK etc. are happy to welcome the participants in four weeks.
tuition fee active participation                 € 450
passive participants (auditors)                 € 220 (there are still places available)

The symposium is free and open to everyone. The symposium is free of charge – please register to support our planning:

Please transfer the amounts to the following account:

Landeshochschulkasse Mainz
IBAN:  DE 25 5500 0000 0055 001511
Deutsche Bundesbank
Please quote reference: 8500 10000 87888 81, GUSAC

Please note that your registration and admission constitute legally binding contracts; we are thus not obligated to reimburse your tuition fee should you decide to leave the programme.

GUSAC 2019 is finished. Therefore there is no further information in the newsletter.
Please visit: for more information about the activities in Klangkunst at the University of Mainz.

How to apply

Please send via mail or email:
  artistic CV
  letter of motivation
  if applicable: documentation of your own art work 
   with video or sound samples, publications, website

application deadline: 10 July 2019

postal address:
Gutenberg Sound Art Academy
Hochschule für Musik Mainz
Jakob-Welder-Weg 28
D – 55122 Mainz


The Gutenberg Sound Art Academy offers an artistic and theory-based certificate programme in the field of sound art. The programme will take place from 19 to 26 August 2019.

Participants will work closely in artistic masterclasses with the internationally renowned artists Bernhard Leitner (Vienna), Miya Masaoka (New York) and Peter Kiefer (Mainz). They will have the opportunity to be mentored by the artists and will receive valuable input and ideas which they can apply to their own artistic work. To facilitate exchange and debate among the participants, theory sessions on how to exhibit, curate and communicate sound art will constitute part of the weeklong course.

The Exhibiting Sound Art Symposium will follow at the weekend. Museum directors, scholars, journalists and editors will explore the variety of relations between sound as an object of investigation. Issues of sound as a medium of art and culture and possibilities and conditions of exhibiting sound art will be discussed.

Exhibiting Sound Art Symposium

The symposium is free of charge – please register to support our planning:

The Exhibiting Sound Art symposium will take place on
23 – 25 August with experts on sound art, including:

Julia Cloot (cultural manager, curator, author, GNM-Präsidentin)
Helga de la Motte (musicologist TU Berlin, emer.)
Stefan Fricke (producer, Hessischer Rundfunk)
Björn Gottstein (director Donaueschinger Musiktage)
Julia Gerlach  (curator, Akademie der Künste Berlin)
Maija Julius (curator, Berlin)
Gabriele Knapstein  (director Hamburg Bahnhof Berlin)
Beate Reifenscheid (director Ludwig Museum Koblenz)
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger  (director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science until 2014)
Carsten Seiffarth (curator, singuhr — projekte berlin, bonn hoeren)
Linnea Semmerling (researcher, curator, writer, Maastricht University)
Thomas D. Trummer (director Kunsthaus Bregenz)
Salomé Voegelin (artist, writer, curator, University of the Arts London)
and others

The symposium is free of charge and open to the public.
The course programme also includes an exhibition of works by Bernhard Leitner, Miya Masaoka and Peter Kiefer.

Course structure

The participants can choose a course under the artistic direction of Bernhard Leitner or Miya Masaoka, in which the artistic forms of work can be concretely implemented and explored. Peter Kiefer will offer individual instruction. There will also be the opportunity to present and discuss the participants’ artistic works in the group.

Participants will be able to present their own works in a small exhibition. The equipment must be brought along completely – we call it a ‘Kofferausstellung’ (suitcase exhibition).

The theory programme and the symposium are open to all course participants.
Active or passive participation in the course programme is possible. It is recommended that active participants arrive on 18 August.
Passive participation as an auditor involves attending the artists’ masterclasses and the theory-based program as well as the symposium without actively taking part.

If you are a scholar or expert in the field and would like to contribute to the symposium, please contact us by mid-April 2019.

Further information

The School of Music at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz offers a two years masters programme Sound Art-Composition and a consecutive „Meisterschüler“-Degree in this field.

The project A.R.S. Art-Research-Sound is supported by the Gutenberg Research College and aims to open new prospects for interdisciplinary research on sound and sound art.

More information about the visiting artists:,

A.R.S. Art-Research-Sound
School of Music
Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz • status 20.07.2018


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