IMA | lab No. 22: Gerriet K. Sharma
Gastkünstler im Gespräch
Thu, 06.02.2014, 6 pm CET

Sound artist and composer Gerriet K. Sharma will be introducing himself at the first IMA | lab edition of 2014. The current guest artist at the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics will be continuing to carry out his investigations on the spatial sound composition “grafik unten [graphic below]”.

Gerriet K. Sharma focusses on sound art composition and the organization of sound. His work centers, above all, on the arrangement and movement of acoustic signals in space. For Sharma, the merging of sound and space represents an overcoming of the boundaries between fine art and music, whereby especially 3D sound project techniques offer possibilities for space sound compositions and, consequently, three-dimensional sound tracks. A utopia of a virtually immaterial sound sculpture, which can be ‘physically’ grasped by the ear.

A second field of work covers the radiophone sound composition. In this case, Gerriet K. Sharma’s interest focuses on the connection of text, language and sound with the aim of discovering a unique acoustic language in the connection between word and sound over extended periods of time. He also researches the relationship between image and sound in audio-visual installations, as well as in TV, film and theater. The new interpretation of the effects and modes of action of established figures fall within the scope of his interests, since it is here, in particular, that experiments are carried out in medial perception through deviation or exaggeration, or where audio and visual habits could also be challenged.

Gerriet K. Sharma

was born 1974 in Bonn, and lives and works in Cologne and Graz. He studied law in Bonn and London specializing in new media and communication, and works occasionally in the department for software development and computer languages at the Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung [Societey for Mathematics and Data Processing] – today the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Sankt Augustin – as well in the future department of Ford, Cologne.
From 2004 to 2006 he pursued postgraduate studies in media art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, which he completed with a diploma in audio-visual media. He studied electroacoustic composition and computer music at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.

His repertoire covers numerous (space) sound compositions, sound installations, performances, radio plays and sound design for film and theater, for which he was nominated scholarships and awards. He also works as lecturer and curator.