January – March 2021
Curated by Pia Palme & Christina Lessiak

This lecture series has now ended. Pia Palme and Irene Lehmann, as editors, are in the process of publishing a book about the series, bringing together the contributions.


For an exchange across disciplines and cultures, the lecture series brought together composers, performers, musicians, scientists and researchers in order to explore terrains of music theatre. We looked into the fragility and interdependency of sounds, into membranes and surfaces, filters and transitions. We looked into movement, space, and the body in connection with performance and electronic music, as well as into society and environment, identity and gender in the context of composing. We understand music theatre in the widest sense of the term: music theatre is sound moving in/ through/with space and time. Music theatre is a collaborative process that necessitates co-operation and collaboration.

All lectures and events were only held online.  Participation was free of charge and accessible worldwide.
For several reasons, we have decided not to publish the lectures online after streaming.

Join us on an inspiring journey into contemporary music, theatre, listening, and culture: explore new ideas, discuss, and critically comment the various results and insights.


Past lectures and events

Thursday 18 March – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1] – Lecture #9 / Final Session
Pia Palme
With. The significance of a preposition in my artistic practice. [abstract]

Tuesday 16 March – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1] – Lecture #3 (re-scheduled)
Elisabeth Schimana
Sound as Score [abstract]
Susanne Kogler
Hannah Arendt and ‘The Fragility of Sound’ – Aesthetics and Politics in the 21st  Century [abstract]

Thursday 11 March – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1] – Lecture #8
Veza Fernandez
Tremor – Video performance and artist talk [bio]
Chikako Morishita
Composing ‘Narrative Dissolution’: Framing Subjectivity in Music Composition [bio]

Thursday 4 March – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1] – Lecture #7
Aistė Vaitkevičiūtė
Emerging in the Process: Alternative Musical Thinking Recalling Archaic (Female) Existence [abstract]
Sarah Weiss
Precarious Resistance: On Women Singing Transgression in Ritual Contexts [abstract]

Friday 26 February – 8 PM [CET/UTC+1] – Concert Night
Streaming concert @echoraeume
New works by Elaine Mitchener, Elisabeth Schimana & Electric Indigo
+ Meet the Artists live on zoom afterwards
More information here >>>

Thursday 18 February – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1] – Lecture #6
Darla Crispin
Fragile sounds, robust text and the mediating potential of mutually-attentive listening [abstract]
Flora Könemann
The silent draw: exploration of the void through embodied listening and drawing – an exercise lecture [abstract]

Thursday 18 February – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1] – Lecture #5
Malik Sharif
Composition and Musicology as Artistic Research: The Case of Ruth Crawford and Charles Seeger [abstract]
Christina Lessiak
How Feminism Matters: An exploration of listening [abstract]

Saturday 13 February – 7 PM [CET/UTC+1]
the dernière screening of
WECHSELWIRKUNG – an experimental music theatre
and artist talk afterwards at 8 PM
with Paola Bianchi, Juliet Fraser, Pia Palme,
Irene Lehmann and Christina Lessiak

Thursday 11 February – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1] – Lecture #4
Irene Lehmann
Regarding Listening – On the theatricality of experimental listening situations [abstract]
Electric Indigo aka Susanne Kirchmayr
From Idea to Realisation – Susanne Kirchmayr speaks about her artistic process [abstract]
and at 7:30 PM [CET/UTC+1]
BRITTLE (Electric Indigo 2021)
online world premiere, commissioned by the research project On the fragility of sounds

Thursday 28 January – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1] – Lecture #2
Georgina Born
Listening after Whitehead: Nonhuman Sound, Fragility, and Care [abstract]
Juliet Fraser
In the thick of it: further reflections on the mess and the magic of collaborative partnerships [abstract]

Thursday 21 January – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1] – Lecture #1
Germán Toro Pérez
Instability and Contingency.
Some thoughts about the performance of live electronic music [abstract]
Paola Bianchi
ELP – An artistic research project [abstract]

Wednesday 13 January – 8 PM [CET/UTC+1] – Kick-off
Experimental music theatre
WECHSELWIRKUNG
Film presentation https://vimeo.com/497323866



Please note that all lectures and discussions will be recorded by the project team for documentation purposes only. Where appropriate, an excerpt of the audio recording may be published on the project’s website, on the website of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, or used in podcasts or a radio broadcast. Please note that you can switch off your own sound and video function at any time during the event and join the discussion using the chat function instead.

Sessions will be moderated. During a session, mute your microphone, unless you have been invited by the moderator to speak. If you wish to speak, indicate a request using the chat function and wait for the moderator’s invitation.

If you need assistance or information using zoom or whereby email to musikzimmer [at] aon.at