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New York: Sexing Sound Festival (Recommended by ACFNY)

  • Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 East 60th Street Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)

Lynn Book, concept/voice/electronics
Katharina Klement, concept/piano/electronics


"Land, story, plan, scheme – we develop the polyphony inherent in the semiotics of plot. We agitate and proliferate definitions and embedded meanings of plot through sound and text.  The fan becomes the superstructure that aggregates subplots. The fan is by necessity an extension of the body, and therefore insists that our human bodies as well as sonorous bodies are considered as the force from which the score moves. For Plot we compose a new space to propose anti-stories  of power and privilege based on gender, species, systems of measurement and projection", claims the artist Katharina Klement.

The festival program includes performances, installations, and panel discussions that examine the manifestations, contestations, and provocations of gender and sexuality in contemporary music and sound art. These cultural fields are often presented as neutral or neuter, having often escaped the gender-inflected interrogation that has informed visual art forms in Europe and the US during the past three decades.

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Katharina Klement was born in Graz, Austria in 1963. She studied piano, composition and electro-acoustic music at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Moreover she studied Music Technology at the University of York, U.K. In her private studies she learned about dance improvisation and plastic arts and sculpture. 

Klement is a Composer-Performer in the field of notated and improvised, instrumental and electronic music. She creates instrumental and electronic compositions and focuses on spatial conceptions. Her work includes crossover projects in music, text, video and performance. Klement has also written numerous multi-channel compositions in combination with instrument(s) and /or vocals. Her particular interest lays on the piano and its extended playing techniques, as well as on sound installations. 

She is a founder and member of numerous ensembles for improvised music. Since 2006 Klement has been a lecturer for a course of study called “electronic media and computer music” at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.