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Revision as of 13:38, 9 March 2016


Lecturer: Darsha Hewitt
Credits: 6 ECTS, 4 SWS
Date: Blockmodul (see timetable below)
Venue: Marienstraße 5, Room 201
First meeting: Friday, 8 January, at 10:00 - 15:00
Course Hashtag: #wemakemachinesnotart


The Unstrument emphasizes the physical aspect of sound through exercises that look at how various forms of waves in space intersect with bodies and inhabit objects and environments. This course aims to draw out a variety of critical positions through the act of listening, making matter resonate and deconstructing the idea of noise. Here, sound is a medium meant to be explored as a raw material for art-making that includes installation, performance, do-it-yourself (DIY) electronics and happenings.

The Unstrument legt ein Hauptaugenmerk auf die Ergründung physikalischer Aspekte von Klang und wie dessen unterschiedliche Wellenformen mit Körpern im Raum interagieren und diesen Raum und darin befindliche Objekte beeinflussen. Dieser Kurs zielt darauf ab durch den Vorgang des Hörens, den Akt Materie in Schwingung zu versetzen als auch Dekonstruktivismus der Vorstellung von Noise unterschiedliche kritische Positionen zu skizzieren. Hier soll Klang auf seine Nutzbarkeit als Rohmaterial für Kunst, die Installation, Performance, DIY Elektronik und Happenings einschliesst, untersucht werden.


1 - This is a studio course where students are given time and space in class to develop their work. Presence is taken very seriously. Late arrivals and absence are not tolerated.

2 – Students studying in Media Arts Environments (GMU) have priority for this course

3 – Register via email with letter of motivation before 13.10.2015 ( Include:

  • Your program, semester of study
  • A brief statement of interest
  • A statement acknowledging that they have read the course description and can commit to the class schedule

4 – There is at 15€ material fee for this course

  • This is a block module course condensed into three weeks - students please ensure you are available for the dates outlined below.


  • 1. Assignments 60%
  • 2. Attendance 20%
  • 3. Documentation 20%

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Subject to change

08.01.16 10:00 - 15:00 BLOCK 1 LECTURE DAY: The Experimental Loud Speaker
09.01.16 10:00 - 15:00 BLOCK 1 STUDIO DAY
10.01.16 10:00 - 15:00 BLOCK 1 STUDIO DAY + ASSIGNMENT PRESENTATION (20%)
15.01.16 10:00 - 15:00 BLOCK 2 LECTURE DAY: WAVES
16.01.16 10:00 - 15:00 BLOCK 2 STUDIO DAY
17.01.16 10:00 - 15:00 BLOCK 2 STUDIO DAY + ASSIGNMENT PRESENTATION (20%)
22.01.16 10:00 - 15:00 BLOCK 3 LECTURE DAY: VIBRATIONS
23.01.16 10:00 - 15:00 BLOCK 3 STUDIO DAY
24.01.16 10:00 - 15:00 BLOCK 3 STUDIO DAY + ASSIGNMENT PRESENTATION (20%)

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Once you are registered for the course you must sign up for the GMU mailing list:

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BA + MA:

  • Medienkunst und Gestaltung
  • Medienarchitektur
  • Visuelle Kommunication
  • Productdesign
  • Medienwissenschaften

Note: Priority is given to Medienkunst und Gestaltung students


The course will be in taught in English