UnStumm – conversation of moving image and sound

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. The project was developed by guitarist/soundartist Nicola L. Hein and computer musician/improviser/sound designer Korhan Erel and is now organized and curated by timebased media artist Claudia Schmitz and Nicola L. Hein.

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.

In the end the group will present their results in a public concert. This concert encompasses two Echtzeit-movies, which are improvised by a group alongside a conceptual composition that has been worked out during the rehearsals. Every group presents a piece that is in between 40-50 minutes long.

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.