The Unstrument: Experimenting with the Physical Dimension of Sound

Lecturer: Darsha Hewitt
Credits: 6 ECTS, 4 SWS
Date: Blockmodul (see timetable below)
Venue: Marienstraße 5, Room 201
First meeting: Friday, 8 October, at 10:00 am


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.

  • Assignments: 60%
  • Participation: 40%


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 (GMUGestaltung medialer Umgebungen) have priority for this course

3 – Register with letter of motivation via email before 13.10.2015 ( that includes

  • 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.