Sound­ing Situa­tions work is a careful com­po­si­ti­on of staged situa­ti­on in urban spaces and live music pla­ced thea­tri­cal­ly in what can be dis­co­ver­ed in loco. Sin­ce 2014 the coll­ec­ti­ve explo­res thea­tri­cal situa­tions bet­ween music­theat­re, sta­ging and com­po­si­ti­on with live music, instru­ments, recor­dings, samples, speach and live editing. Often radio, trans­du­cers and mobi­le loud­spea­k­ers are instal­led or move with the audi­ence through a theat­re, through cities, join a walk or a lon­ger hike through a metro­po­lis till a moun­tain val­ley. A focus of the work lies in the live pro­ces­sing of ori­gi­nal musi­cal mate­ri­al, field recor­dings and lan­guage sounds, that, inter­con­nec­ted, chan­ge their ori­gi­nal defi­ni­ti­on and beco­me a net of sound­ing mea­nings. By the use of com­po­si­tio­nal and per­for­ma­ti­ve stra­te­gies the per­cep­ti­on of the audi­ence is shifted bet­ween the rea­li­ty and a fic­ti­ve acou­stic imaginary.

[SNDNG STTNS] works as a coll­ec­ti­ve and fol­lows an ongo­ing artis­tic rese­arch deve­lo­ping “per­for­ma­ti­ve instru­ments” under the per­spec­ti­ve of their phi­lo­so­phi­cal, con­cep­tu­al and artis­tic pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses. The­r­e­fo­re the work looks always for a strong rela­ti­on to the envi­ron­ment in its mate­ri­al, acou­stic and poli­ti­cal con­text. Col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons ran­ge from musi­ci­ans to cho­reo­graph­ers, visu­al artists, aut­hors and theat­re and film directors.

The long­term ongo­ing work in resi­den­ci­es and com­mis­si­ons brought [SNDNG STTNS] to crea­te various adven­tur­ous per­for­ma­ti­ve situa­tions and to give aca­de­mic lec­tures in uni­ver­si­ties around the world, such as Ger­ma­ny, Ita­ly, Bel­gi­um, Cana­da, Bra­sil, Isra­el and Rwanda.


[pho­to by Chris Schwagga]