About

UnStumm – conversation of moving image and sound

Organized and curated by Nicola L. Hein (guitarist, soundartist and philosopher) and Claudia Schmitz (timebased media artist) 

UnStumm is a project for improvised film and music (Echtzeitfilm) for cross-disciplinary
and crosscultural collaboration between filmmakers, video artists and musicians from
Germany and other countries.

It aims to create an environment of cultural and creative exchange, where a common
complex artistic language is invented and used to communicate narratives, textures,
colliding, combining, attracting worlds of sight and sound.

The group of artists will work together in two different groups for four days to create an
audiovisual performance that explores multidisciplinary improvisation as well as structure
and narrative. The resulting artworks reflect on the themes of interculturality, cultural
identity, cross cultural communication, the history of artistic thought (in different
cultures) and many other philosophical topoi.

The space of the performance will be set up in a special way that make it possible to use
the full potential of it and to give space to a use of the possibilities of a space which
encompass much more than just a usual frontal projection. All the walls and also objects
inside the room are used for the projection, so that amount of creative processing of the
space is maximized.

By bringing together artists from different countries and cultures, UnStumm also aims to
establish longlasting relationships between these artists and give space to globally
situated meetings of artists that might not have met otherwise and therefore give space to
cross-cultural communication

UnStumm was originally founded in 2015 by Korhan Erel and Nicola Hein under the name UnStumm – a project of improvised film and music.

Since the end of 2016 it is continued under the name UnStumm – conversation of moving image and sound by Nicola L. Hein and Claudia Schmitz. Since 2016 Unstumm has taken place in 12 countries worldwird. Collaborations have taken place with 30 live video artists and 24 musicians. The project was funded and supported by many Institutions worldwide. Further information can be found in the individual tours.