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alien productions

alien productions was founded 1997 by media artists Andrea Sodomka (A), Martin Breindl (A), Norbert Math (I) and August Black (USA) as an artist's network for theory and aesthetics of new technology and media. The range of their works includes intermediaperformance and -installation, electronic music, net.art, radio art, sound art, interactives, video, visual arts and artistic photography.

They realized projects on the occasion of numerous festivals, symposia, exhibitions and concerts in Austria, Bosnia, Columbia, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, Spain and USA.

Works for the Viertelfestival Niederösterreich include Die wohltemperierte Küche cooking-performance series on several locations in the Weinviertel, 2004 and Transmission performance and installation; Walzengravieranstalt Guntramsdorf, 2006



Andres Bosshard

lives and works in Zurich. Andres Bosshard is an extraordinarily versatile artist who began as a painter but soon expanded into actions and performances before turning to experimental music theatre. He has developed solar powered sound-objects, interactive computer music programs and sound installations. In 1985 he founded "Nachtluft", a group whose aim was the development of improvised music and site specific interaction. Worked and performed in USA, Canada, Europe, Russia, India, Pakistan, Japan.

Major projects were Dam in Fusio (1987); Sound Bridge Bern (1990); telefonia (1991); a simultaneous satellite-link concert (sound, video) between New York and Winterthur; Sound Tower, expo 02 Switzerland (2002), the Soundtower was visited by 7 million of people during the national exhibition upon the lake of Bienne.

Guest Professor at the KHM Cologne, 2003. Since 2006 Lecturer at the ZHdK (University of Arts Zurich).



Heike Kaltenbrunner

Heike Kaltenbrunner received her MFA from the department for "Digital Art" at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where she first focused on the interventional approach to media art and later on sound-art and installation work. In 2005, she received a Sokrates Grant at the UDK Berlin, where she attended courses at the UNI.K - Studio für Klangkunst und Klangforschung and at the Fakultät für Gestaltung. Since 2006, she has been exploring contact improvisation class and is currently incorporating its ideas of contact into her artistic projects.

She has exhibited in Belfast, Dresden and Novo Mesto/Slowenia, played live electronics with the "Geräusch Orchester" of the ELAK, and participated in projects like "TRAMJAM V.02", "Things that make sounds" and "theHub"-an approach to the establishing of a Time-Object.



Tetsuo Kogawa

After studying philosophy at Sophia(Tokyo) and Waseda universities, Tetsuo Kogawa spent many years in New York City. He taught at Wako University and Musashino Art University and is currently Professor of media experiments at Tokyo Keizai University's Department of Communication Studies. Kogawa introduced free radio movement to Japan, and is widely known for his blend of criticism, performance and activism. He has written over 30 books and numerous articles on radio art, media culture, film, city and urban space, and micro politics. He has shown his artistic and useful workshops to build Mini-FM and microradio transmitters in many cities of Canada, US and Europe. Most recently he has combined the experimental and pirate aesthetics of the Mini-FM and microradio technology with internet streaming media in such projects as "Radio Party", "Translocal Palimpsest", and "Radio Kinesonus".

He was invited by The Banff Center of the Arts, Western Front, Next Five Minutes, Bauhaus University, Kunstradio, Tate Modern, Walker Art Center, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Deep Wireless, Musicprotokol, AV Festival and so on.



Daniel Lercher

born in the austrian countryside, currently residing in vienna.
studies of musicology and at the institute for electroacoustic composition, university of music and performing arts vienna.
works with sound, live-electronic, phonography, installations, radio art, video..
organisational/curatorial work around the viennese platform for experimental media 'velak'.
projects accomplished so far in austria, czech republic, canada, germany, india, liechtenstein, iceland, serbia, poland, norway

http://lercher.klingt.org | http://velak.klingt.org


Martin J. Pichler

Martin J. Pichler studied Music-Education and Composition at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz Austria (with Beat Furrer and Richard Dünser), he recently received his MA in Composition. Composing for several ensembles, playing in several bands and his studies with electronic music formed his very wide and multilayered musical approach. He tries to explore the very fascinating gray area between the terms "serious music" and "light music", including styles like heavy metal or IDM/Dance-Music.

Several requests for compositions (for example illusion for the jeunesse vienna with live-broadcast on Ö1, electronic music (e.g. konfrontationen 4 performed at "Hörfest 2008" in Graz) or choir music for the project "Styria cantat" in Graz. Productions and compositions for advertising, jingles and telephone waiting loops.

2007 laureate of the composition-award 'Ernst und Rosa von Dombrowski Stiftungspreis'.



Vinzenz Schwab

Born in Hl. Kr. a. Waasen (styria), working and living in vienna. Studied at the institute for electroacoustic composition, university of music and performing arts vienna.
Works in the fields of live-electronic(computermusic), radio art, sounddesign, soundtrack.
Member of the bands myr and velharmonisches orchester.
Co-organisational work for experimental musicseries velakgala.
Organisational work for the monthly musicworkshop klangpassage.



Sylva Smejkalová

Smejkalová was born in 1974 in Ostrava, where she attended the Janáček Conservatory. After graduating, she moved on to Prague's Academy of Performing Arts, where she received a master's degree in musical composition and musical directing. In 2001, she was awarded a Herder scholarship to study electroacoustic composition with professor Dieter Kaufmann at Austria's Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.

In 2003, Smejkalová and fellow composer Michal Trnka founded the "early reflections" civic association in order to promote and present performances of 20th-century and contemporary Czech and international music. Each year, she participates in international musical projects which are successfully presented at domestic and foreign festivals such as Moscow's Festival Alternativa, and Prague's Der Film.

In 2005, she was awarded the third-place prize for her composition "Humanistische Apotheose" for symphonic orchestra, which she created for the 100th anniversary of the Humanist Association in Berlin (Humanistischer Verband Deutschlands). The work was premiered in Berlin. In the past two years, she has collaborated on several projects with visual artists. Some examples are "signs above the tracks" for Anna Matoušková's Places project (Prague, Olomouc, New York), komposition für r.v. for Rudolf Valenta (Berlin), the music for the 2008 graduation ceremony at Prague's Academy of Art, Architecture and Design (Prague Crossroads of the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation), and many projects for the Havelka Gallery in Prague.

In musical directing, she regularly collaborates with the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra and the Japanese label JVC Victoria Entertainment. She has long been involved in music for children's theater (the pantomime fairy tale Brouhádka, and Once upon a time there was radio, created for Radiocustica in 2006).