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We understand improvisation as a kind of artistic everyday language, which is suitable as an introduction to music making as well as an art form on a high level.

We offer the whole range: concerts, workshops & courses, ensembles, open sessions, discussions and a library.
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2022sun23jan13:0018:00FeaturedTheaterimprovisation und AchtsamkeitWorte und Stimme13:00 - 18:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Weekend Workshop

Workshop Achtsamkeit Pedro Kadivar

facilitator

Pedro Kadivar

Zeit/Time

Sunday, 23. 01. 2022 | 13:00 - Sunday, 23. 01. 2022 | 18:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D

Inhalt/Content

Workshop in German language. For more details see German version.

For this event, the 2G Plus Corona regulation applies: Participants have to present of a valid proof of vaccination or convalescence as well as an additional up-to-date test (not required for boostered persons, but recommended). In addition, masks are compulsory (FFP2 or medical), but can be taken off during action.
All currently valid Corona regulations in the exploratorium can be found here.

2022fri28jan20:00FeaturedSound & Lecture N° 17: Svetlana Maraš & Biliana Voutchkova20:00 exploratorium berlin, studio 1, entrance C + Livestreamstage:sound & lecturethink:Sound & Lecture

Improvisationskonzert mit Svetlans Maras und Biliana Voutchkova

Zeit/Time

Friday, 28. 01. 2022 | 20:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, studio 1, entrance C + Livestream

Inhalt/Content

Booking

Concert + Talk in English

Svetlana Maraš (RS / CH) – electronics
Biliana Voutchkova (BG / DE) – violin, voice

Moderation: Mathias Maschat

As a prelude to our symposium Erfahrungsraum Improvisation, the Serbian sound artist Svetlana Maraš and the Bulgarian-German violinist Biliana Voutchkova are guests in our concert series Sound & Lecture. Moderated by Mathias Maschat, the two experienced improvisers and improvisation teachers talk about what improvisation means to them and what concerns them, as teachers, with the mediating their art.

Svetlana Maraš has given numerous courses for children and has been appointed professor for creative music technology and co-director of the Basel electronic studio at the FHNW University of Music ((Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz) from September 2021. Biliana Voutchkova gives international workshops at universities and festivals and is also a workshop leader at the exploratorium. Musically, Svetlana Maraš and Biliana Voutchkova build on their long-term collaboration with new ideas.

Svetlana Maraš works at the intersection of experimental music, sound art and new media. Graduated at the renowned Aalto University (Helsinki) where she worked as a research assistant, she also received training at places like Bang on a Can Summer Institute (MASSMoCA), Columbia University – School of the Arts, Mozarteum Summer Academy, KlangKunstBühne at UDK (Berlin), The Berklee Summer School, Darmstadt International Summer Course, and many other places. Her article Thingification of compositional process – emergence and autonomy of extra-musical object in Western Art Music was published as a book chapter in 2017. Svetlana Maraš often gives workshops and masterclasses on programming and new music technology for kids and adults, and she lectures on topics related to experimental music and sound art. As composer in residence and artistic director of Radio Belgrade’s Electronic Studio since 2016, she has initiated various projects and activities such as EMS Synthi 100 restoration, artist residencies and educational programs.

Biliana Voutchkova is a devoted interdisciplinary artist, violinist, performer, composer, improviser and curator. Her constant creative research spans the widest possible range of sound, movement and vision. Her extended sonic, technical and physical capacities evolved into the development of a highly individual artistic language. Based between Berlin and her rural residency on the black sea coast of Bulgaria, Biliana Voutchkova works internationally as a soloist, in group and collaborative settings and with renowned ensembles. Her often unconventional projects include original site specific works, performances, concerts, long durational and multi-disciplinary formats. Alongside her other activities, she is constantly engaged with the organization and presentation of informal non-institutional events, reaching out and building lasting relationships to her local communities.

 

Admission: 12/10/6 € (normal price/reduced/Berlin-Pass)

 

The concert will also be livestreamed via our YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/exploratoriumberlin

 

For this event, the 2G Plus Corona regulation applies: Participants have to present of a valid proof of vaccination or convalescence as well as an additional up-to-date test (not required for boostered persons, but recommended). In addition, masks are compulsory (FFP2 or medical), also at the seats.
All currently valid Corona regulations in the exploratorium can be found
here.

2022sat29jan(jan 29)10:00sun30(jan 30)16:00FeaturedSymposium: Erfahrungsraum Improvisation (“Improvisation as a Space for Experience”)7th Symposium at the exploratorium berlin10:00 - 16:00 (30) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cthink:Symposium

Zeit/Time

Saturday, 29. 01. 2022 | 10:00 - Sunday, 30. 01. 2022 | 16:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt/Content

Erfahrungsraum Improvisation (“Improvisation as a Space for Experience”)
7th Symposium at the exploratorium berlin

With Simon Rose (keynote), Guro Gravem Johansen (Norwegian Academy of Music), Raymond MacDonald + Graeme Wilson (University of Edinburgh), Laura Navarro (University of Granada) & Eeva Siljamäki (University of the Arts Helsinki) as well as with projects and workshop facilitators of the exploratorium berlin

From 28th to 30th January 2022, the exploratorium berlin organizes the symposium Erfahrungsraum Improvisation (“Improvisation as a Space for Experience”). The title of the symposium refers to the activity of improvisation as a space for personal experiences as well as to the exploratorium berlin itself as a space for improvisation.

The reason for this topic is the upcoming move of the exploratorium berlin to new rooms after 18 years, which suggests both a look back and into the future. The central questions are what it means to improvise, what meanings the activity of improvisation has for individuals or groups and which life-relevant experiences can be linked to it.

The overall goal of the exploratorium is to open a space for the experience of improvising. This happens on several levels, for which the different areas of the exploratorium stand: the play area (Bühne) as an experience space for experiencing professional improvisation, the learn area (Lernraum with its workshops and courses) and the play area (Spielraum with its open stages) as experience spaces for adults of all levels, the think area (Denkraum) as an experience space for reflecting on one’s own artistic practice and last but not least the young explo (Junges explo) as an experience space for children and young people. The development of the spatial infrastructure as well as the communication and transfer of improvisation experiences are therefore the core areas of the exploratorium’s work.

The exploratorium has been offering courses, workshops and concerts for children and young people for a long time. With the development of the young explo, however, this area has recently been expanded significantly. This is reason enough to give questions about musical education and improvisation pedagogy a special place at the symposium: How can we share and pass on the aesthetic experience of improvising? What role does improvisation play in teaching music?

On the one hand, international research projects dedicated to these topics will be presented at the symposium. Simon Rose (Keynote), Guro Gravem Johansen (Norwegian Academy of Music), Raymond MacDonald + Graeme Wilson (University of Edinburgh), Laura Navarro (University of Granada) & Eeva Siljamäki (University of the Arts Helsinki) speak and discuss in a video meeting broadcast live in the exploratorium.
On the other hand, five projects of the young explo are presented and discussed from this point of view: geräusch[mu’si:k], Schall & Schatten, klangexpander, Stefan Roszak’s KlangSpielFeld and the Concerts for the whole family of Sarotti Instant.
The exact program will be announced here in the middle of January.

As a prelude to the symposium, our concert series Sound & Lecture presents the Serbian sound artist Svetlana Maraš and the Bulgarian-German violinist Biliana Voutchkova. Both are experienced improvisers and improvisation teachers. Svetlana Maraš has also given numerous courses for children and has been appointed professor for creative music technology and co-director of the Basel electronic studio at the FHNW University of Music (University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland) from September 2021. Biliana Voutchkova gives international workshops at universities and festivals and is also a workshop leader at the exploratorium. Musically, Svetlana Maraš and Biliana Voutchkova build on their long-term collaboration with new ideas. Moderated by Mathias Maschat, they talk about what improvisation means to them and what concerns them, as teachers, with the passing on of their art.

The 2G Plus rule applies to this event, which includes:
– Only vaccinated and recovered people are allowed to participate.
– In addition, all participants must present a current negative test. (Tests are also available on-site at the explo.)
– Wearing an FFP2 mask is mandatory.
– In addition, the distance obligation applies.
All currently valid Corona regulations in the exploratorium can be found here.

 

PROGRAMME (preliminary version)
Saturday, Jan 29
 
10:00–10:15 Welcome and Introduction (Mathias Maschat) [English]
10:15–11:00 Keynote: The Lived-Experience of Improvisation (Simon Rose) [englisch]
11:00:–1:30 International Contributions (via Zoom) [English] with
Guro Gravem Johansen [Oslo]
Raymond MacDonald + Graeme Wilson [Glasgow, Edinburgh]
Laura Navarro Ramón [Granada]
Eeva Siljamäki [Helsinki]
1:30–3:00 Lunch Break
3:00–4:00 PANEL (via Zoom) [English]: Improvisation as a Space for Experience with Guro Gravem Johansen, Raymond MacDonald, Laura Navarro Ramón, Simon Rose & Eeva Siljamäki
Moderation: Mathias Maschat
4:00–4:45 Coffee Break
4:45–5:00 Das Junge explo – Die Abteilung für Kinder & Jugendliche im exploratorium berlin (Ursula Seeger & Matthias Schwabe) [German]
5:00–6:00 geräusch[mu’si:k]: Die Welt zum Klingen bringen – Klangforschung und Musikalisierung der eigenen Umwelt im vorschulischen Alter (Daniela Fromberg, Stefan Roigk) [German]
6:00–7:00 Expeditionen in die Wandelwelt von Schall und Schatten – interdisziplinäre Workshopkonzepte vom Projekt Mathe x Kunst des Vereins Die Lernwerkstatt – lernen und lernen lassen e.V. (Ursula Seeger, André Brötz) [German]
Sunday, Jan 30
 
10:30–11:30 Stefan Roszaks KlangSpielFeld für experimentelle Klangerzeuger (Matthias Schwabe) [German]
11:30–12:30 klangexpander (Ynez de Zilón) [German]
12:30–1:00 Break
1:00–2:00 PANEL: Methoden der Improvisationsvermittlung 
with Julia Dorsch, Daniela Fromberg, Stefan Roigk, Matthias Schwabe, Ursula Seeger, Brigitte Westkemper [German]
2:00–3:00 Ungewöhnliche Klänge – ungeHÖRige Musik: Konzerte für die ganze Familie mit Sarotti Instant (Matthias Schwabe) [German]
3:00–4:00 Final Discussion [German]

2022mon31jan(jan 31)10:30fri04feb(feb 4)13:00FeaturedAnd Action! TheaterHolidayCoursefor children aged 6–10 10:30 - (february 4) 13:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cyoung explo:weekend and holiday workshop

Junges esplo Ferienworkshop Thimm+Wintrich

facilitator

Anna Ortmann

Zeit/Time

Monday, 31. 01. 2022 | 10:30 - Friday, 04. 02. 2022 | 13:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt/Content

In German language. For details see German version.

Why Improvisation?

Improvisation offers the opportunity to invent music, and to do so without notation. Moreover, this form of creativity is special because it takes place in a group setting. Like in a good conversation, the players develop ideas, which they would not have been able to find otherwise, by inspiring each other.

In the exploratorium we focus on so-called free improvisation, which needs neither scales nor harmony or rhythm schemes. The sound as such is the basis of music invention.

Lerning improvising and improvising learning is about collecting experiences in forming music, understanding music „from the inside out“ and getting involved in the musical flow. That requires alertness in every moment and intense listening to the other players as well as to the collective musical process.

Free improvisation means taking responsibility and contributing your own impulses while simultaneously adapting to a collective at any moment. Learning this is learning for life. To experience this in concert means to participate in a special adventure.

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The exploratorium berlin
enables:

amateurs & musicians

to gain first experiences with improvisation and to establish contacts

 

teachers

to get to know concepts for lively improvisational music making

improvisers

to deepen their own abilities, gain new experiences and get to know new players

musicians & ensembles

to perform, also in collaboration with artists from other fields

curious listeners

to experience concerts from young ensembles or internationally known musicians

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