People

simularr is headed by a research team based in Graz, AT. The research iterations are carried out with a number of international artists-researchers invited to the project for specific periods of time. Across the timeline, the project is supported by a board of advisors, who join the research in different capacities and occasions.

Principle Investigators

Dr.phil. Hanns Holger Rutz (IEM, KUG) Project Lead and Artist-Researcher. Works in sound installation, improvisation and electronic music, spanning two decades, having extended to other digital (image, video) and non-digital media in the past decade. Most of his installations have been created in collaborative contexts, and he has worked in several interdisciplinary projects (e.g. with choreographers, writers, visual and video artists). He has developed several group projects, such as the digital art parcours Algorithmic Segments. He obtained a PhD in Computer Music studying the temporality and observation of composition processes in sound art. His previous FWF PEEK project Algorithms that Matter is strongly related to this work, with many aspects finding continuation in simularr, such as trans-individual agency, materiality and reciprocation of the artistic work process, and forms of notation and knowledge creation in artistic research. With simularr, he continues his postdoc research at the IEM, introducing a major perspective shift towards human-human relationality. www.sciss.de

MSc. MMFA. Nayarí Castillo (ISD, TU Graz) Artist-Researcher. Specialised in installation art and art in public space, her often site-specific interventions engage with history, time and space, with emphasis on experiments in perception and engagement. With more than two decades of artistic experience, including personal, academic and big-scale transnational projects, Castillo has been involved as artist, curator, project leader, and artistic researcher at all levels of project development. She was responsible for coordinating the Austrian chapter in the EU project MAST - Master Module in Arts, Science and Technology, devoted to the introduction of social values (solidarity, collaboration) in the TU Graz curriculum through different spatial experiments. She was faculty at EU project Adriart and artist-researcher in the EU project Iterations. The work on process-oriented development is rooted in her background in applied sciences as a molecular biologist. She received several awards, most recently the Promotional Award of the State of Styria for Contemporary Fine Arts 2019. www.nayaricastillo.com

Assoc.Prof. Dr. DI. Franziska Hederer (ISD, TU Graz) Architectural Researcher. An expert in spatial perception and experimental design, she works in the cross-over domain of art, architecture and urbanism, focusing on the exploration of artistic practices, especially the performing arts, as tools for spatial perception and for sensitising the understanding of space. Hederer is Associated Professor at the Institute of Spatial Design and serves as Deputy Head. Her habilitation treatise “On the oscillating boundaries of architecture_tools for spatial perception” provided the venia docendi in 2015. In simularr, she will focus on the design of spatial circumstances that foster simultaneity. Research Profile

Research Associate

Daniele Pozzi is a sound artist and electronic musician living in Graz, AT. Among his works are live performances and improvisations, sound installations and electroacoustic music, often involving the design of original computer programs and interfaces addressing compositional or performative issues. He investigates the relation of process and form in feedback practice, and the becoming of sound and algorithmic processes. Pozzi holds a BA in Electroacoustic Music Composition from the Conservatory of Padua, IT, and a MA in Computer Music from the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG). He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at KUG. www.danielepozzi.com

Advisors

Azra Akšamija is an artist and architectural historian, Director of the MIT Future Heritage Lab and Associate Professor in the MIT Department of Architecture, Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Akšamija investigates the politics of identity and cultural memory on the scale of the body and within the context of history and globalisation. Her work has been exhibited at leading international venues such as Secession Vienna, Manifesta 7, and 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture. www.azraaksamija.net

Emma Cocker is a writer-artist based in Sheffield and Associate Professor in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. She focuses on models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist the pressure of a single, stable position by remaining wilfully unresolved. She was artistic researcher at the Research Pavilion, Venice (2019), invited key researcher in Choreo-graphic Figures (2014–2017, PEEK), and invited critical interlocutor in Weaving Codes—Coding Weaves (2014–2016, AHRC). Not Yet There

Gerhard Eckel is a composer, sound artist and Professor of Computer Music and Multimedia at KUG Graz. He has led the FWF projects Embodied Generative Music (TRP), The Choreography of Sound (PEEK), and Transpositions: Artistic Data Exploration (PEEK). Currently he is leading the FWF PEEK project Inter_agency. He is professor affiliate at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, visiting professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and member of the duo utrumque. eckel.name

Concha Jerez is an intermedia artist who focuses on site specific works, extending since the 80s to Performance Art, and since the 90s to InterMedia concerts with co-authorship of José Iges for festivals such as Ars Electronica. Between 1991 and 2011 she was Professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca. In 2011 she received the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes, and in 2015 the National Prize of Visual Arts from the Spanish Culture Ministry. conchajerez.net

Alexander Lehnerer is an architect and teacher. Before his appointment as Professor in Graz, he was Assistant Professor at the ETH Zürich and at the School of Architecture in Chicago. He designed the German Pavilion in Venice in 2014; his books include “Grand Urban Rules” (NAi010 2009/2014), “The Western Town” (Hatje Cantz, 2013), and “Bungalow Germania” (Hatje Cantz, 2014). He holds a doctorate from the ETH Zürich, a master’s degree from UCLA, and a diploma from TU Berlin. www.alexlehnerer.com

Robin Minard is a composer and installation artist. Since the early 1980’s his work has focused in the area of electroacoustic composition and sound installation art. From 1997 to 2021 he was professor for electroacoustic composition and sound art at the University of Music Franz Liszt and the Bauhaus University in Weimar, where he was also director of the Studio for Electroacoustic Music (SeaM Weimar). His works have been presented in festivals, museums and public spaces worldwide. robinminard.com