Eco The Artist as Ecologist
Station Heimat


The Artist as Ecologist

Liveable environments in the age of media

Stadtverordneten-Saal at the Rathaus (Town Hall) Dieburg, Marktplatz 8
Nov 14 (14.00 –18.00h) – Nov 15 (10.00 –18.00h) 

The speakers and their topics (in order of appearance)


1.) Prof. Dr. Kai Buchholz
Aesthetic Sustainability and “Lebensreform” 
Glimpses into the birth of ecology

Kai Buchholz is Professor of History and Theory of Design at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. His research interests include philosophy of language and action, non-propositional knowledge, aesthetics, Art Nouveau, film and theatre studies, queer theory. Buchholz was Visiting Fellow at the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen, curator of exhibitions in fine and applied arts, author of several radio plays. Major books: Sex (ed. 2008), Designlehren (2007), Plexiglas (2007), Im Rhythmus des Lebens (2007), Liebe (ed. 2007), Ludwig Wittgenstein (2006), Die Lebensreform (ed. 2001), Wege zur Vernunft (ed.1999), Sprachspiel und Semantik (1998).

2.) Prof. Dr. Ing. Bettina Oppermann
On Sound
From ecology to data, from data to arts

Studies of landscape ecology and environmental planning at the Technical University of Munich. Research and teaching in Stuttgart at the University, Department of Architecture. Mediation and public participation projects in the field of waste management at the Academy for technological impact assessment in Stuttgart. Communication services for municipalities in the field of planning. Since 2002, research and teaching for the unit “open space policies and communication for planning” at the University of Hanover.

3.) Prof. Dipl.Ing. Hannes Raffaseder
Sonic perception and sound design in the digital age

Hannes Raffaseder works as a composer and media artist in different genres and various styles. He also has collaborated with other artists on several multimedia-projects.
Hannes is head of the IC\M/T – Institute for Creative\Media/Technologies and Member of the Managing Board of the University of Applied Sciences in St. Pölten, Austria.
He has been leading research projects in areas such as Sound and Music Computing, Sound Studies and Sounddesign. His book Audiodesign (2nd edition, 2010) is published by Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich.
Subtitle of your Impulse: Sonic Perception and Sound Design in the Digital Age

4.) Birte Frommer
Urban landscapes. Our perception of them and their influence on us
Spatial and Environmental Planning

Birte Frommer is a geographer and professor for spatial and environmental management at the Hochschule Darmstadt - University of Applied Sciences. Her teaching activities focus on the development and change of settlements (spatial, environmental and infrastructure planning). As environmental consultant she has been  involved in German and EU funded projects on sustainable regional and urban development and inter-communal and regional cooperation. Her research interests include strategic planning, regional governance and climate change adaptation.

5.) Klaus Schüller M.A.
Artists and Residences
The influence of creativity on its environment

Klaus Schüller (*1988) is a lecturer, curator, musician and interdisciplinary media artist. As a lecturer at Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and co-curator of „Station Heimat“ he focuses on media aesthetic- and cultural education in rural Germany. Besides his music project „Safran“ ( different sound art pieces were exhibited at ZKM Next Generation 5.0 Festival and at the Fulldome Festival in Jena. 2014 he founded  „Netzwerk Bahnhof Langstadt e.V.“, an association specialised on media aesthetic- and cultural education after he founded an art and music label called „Lifeparade“ in 2011. 2013 he worked as curational assistant at B3 Biennial of the Moving Image.

6.) Michelle Bunn B.A.
Building place for personal mythmaking
Location of Identity in the Network Society

Michelle Bunn is a media communications specialist, television camera operator and lecturer at the Hochschule Darmstadt.  Her research interests include global communication development and understanding the role of sound and personal identity as experienced within real and real virtuality environments.

7.) Prof. Sabine Breitsameter
Ecology and Experiment
Expanded media in practice

Sabine Breitsameter (Berlin/Darmstadt) researches and teaches since 2006 as Professor for Sound and Media Culture at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Being an  expert for experimental audiomedia, she has been working as dramaturgue, director,  editor and artist within the German public radio system ARD,  NPR/USA and Radio_Canada, and as a director of festivals , symposia  and exhibitions. In 2002-2008, she co-founded the Master programme "Soundstudies" at the University of the Arts Berlin. 2004-2006 she was director of the German-Polish art radio station "Radio_Copernicus". Numerous publications on listening culture, experimental audiomedia, media ecology and soundscape. Since 2013, she has been director of the Campus Program at the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image/Frankfurt. At her university, she currently develops the Master program "International Mediacultural Work", which is supposed to start in winter 2015.

8.) Prof. Dr. Hans-Ulrich Werner
From Soundscape Dialog towards A/R/T/ography of Sound
Reflection in Action in Art, Research and Teaching

„Hans-Ulrich Werner, HUW = Hörkunst, Unterweisen, Wege of Sound,
Studies in Music and Technology, Communication, Musicology in Düsseldorf, Bochum and Kassel
Sound Engineer and Sound Designer, Soundscape Research and Compositions,
Radio author and Studio for Klangdesign at WDR, Cologne.
Workshop-Texts and DVDs for University of Siegen about Sound and Media since 1997
Today Teaching Sound, Media, Education and Radio Art at University of Applied Sciences at Offenburg.“

9.) Dr. Dipl.MusPäd Michael Iber
Digging into Sound
Auditory data exploration and expertise listening

Michael Iber works as a musician, a scientist, and as an author of radio features and dramas. After having completed his studies at London Royal Academy of Music, Iber, at first, pursued a career as a concert pianist in the fields of classical and contemporary music. Since 2000, he has been increasingly involved with his own projects at the intersection between instrumental composition and sound art and media art. Until 2013, Iber researched for his PhD at Jacobs University Bremen on data sonification in manufacturing. In 2014, Iber joined the faculty of the University of Applied Science in St. Pölten, Austria.