UnStumm – conversation of moving image and sound

UnStumm – conversation of moving image and sound 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 is organized and curated by Nicola L. Hein (guitarist, soundartist and philosopher) and Claudia Schmitz (timebased media artist).

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.

The project was originally developed under the name UnStumm – a project of improvised film and music by guitarist/soundartist Nicola L. Hein and computer musician/improviser/sound designer Korhan Erel in 2015. Since end of 2016 it takes place under the name UnStumm – conversation of moving image and sound and under the direction of Nicola L. Hein and Claudia Schmitz.

During 2016-ogoing UnStumm was on tour in 12 countries worldwide and leads to collaborations with 30 live video artists and 24 musicians.
It has been funded worldwide (learn more under the individual performances).