THE ARTIST

Carina Pesch (*1983), aka La Pesch, studied Social Anthropology, Political Sciences, and Philosophy at the University of Leipzig and at the Orient Institute Beirut. In high school she started to write short stories and articles for the local newspaper. Than she found her way to radio, acoustic narratives, and sound art. She was fascinated by the extra dimension that sounds and voices add to storytelling. During her journeys and field studies she discovered the world with all its corners, layers, and rough edges. She was trained as voice artist by Alexis Krüger, taught how to make radio features by Michael Lissek and Walter Filz, making ”Hörspiele“ (radio plays) she learnt from Krok & Petschinka, Tim Staffel, and Paul Plamper, sound art she learnt from Antje Vowinckel, Peter Cusack, Chris Watson, Hans Peter Kuhn, Christina Kubisch and others.

Today she works as sound and voice artist, author, director, and curator – mainly in the fields of radio, installation, performance, and the walking arts for public broadcasters, museums, international festivals, and cultural institutions. She co-curates the gathered listening event GERÄUSCHKULISSE – a forum for all who love good stories and immersive sound worlds. The makers of radio fiction, feature, and sound art are invited to present their work and discuss it with the audience. The NGO has a strong sense for community – in its talk concept and its projects. Since 2016 the three curators also produce own art works as GERÄUSCHKULISSE Kollektiv.

Her own art works show a strong sense for the specific characteristics of phenomena, people, and places. They oscillate between narrative and purely sound-based with strong fascination for the thin borderline between fiction and reality. Often she uses spoken word that transcends sentences and syntax and reaches a pure atmosphere or emotional quality.

She aims to achieve intersubjectivity rather than assuming objectivity and focuses on human-human as well as human-environment relations. She chooses a subjective approach towards individuals and the world, faces them without judgement as a keen-witted observer drifting intuitively and being guided by fascination. She sets in scene encounters and creates contact points in dialogue. Instead of merely showing her findings from the process of creation she wants the audience to experience them. With enthusiasm she experiments with new media and new narrative forms. She is a specialist for spatial and binaural audio in linear compositions and interactive sound projects.

She works with high-quality field recordings, voice improvisation, and interviews. For the representation she relies on cut-up techniques, rhythm, and a structure that reflects the core message. Her special interests are personal and social boundaries as well as transcending and blurring them, the confrontation and meeting of different worlds and horizons of experience. Many of her works have a strong link to environmental and community projects. She draws on traditions like the situationists, acoustic ecology, musique conrète, dada, and sound poetry.

She gives workshops in storytelling, radio, recording, interviewing, soundwalks, and different voice impro techniques for universities, community radios, and cultural institutions.

CV

*1983 Siegen, Germany. Living and working in Leipzig / Germany.

Education

2003-2012Magister Artium (M.A.) at University of Leipzig
Social Anthropology, Political Science, Philosophy
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2008Field Study Mentawai Islands / Indonesia
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2010Associate Researcher at Orient Institute Beirut / Lebanon
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Solo Exhibitions / Performances

2021 BLINDer. Performative sound installation. Leipzig
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2021 White Elster – riversssounds. Waterworlding – Reflecting on Multiple Waters.
Philipps University Marburg
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2020 Follow Me. 8-channel installation. Field Kitchen Academy, Perleberg / Germany
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2020 Follow Me. Live Performance. Phonurgia Nova, Arles / France
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2018 The Wall. 8-channel sound installation. Audiotalaia, El Polell / Spain
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Group Exhibitions / Performances (selection)

2021 BLINDer. Live Radio Performance. Seanaps Festival, Leipzig (with Ana Berkenhoff)
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2020 Poly-Sync. A Collective Radio Performance. Opening of exhibition: Anybody Out There?! 100 Years of Radio in Germany for Kunstraum D21, Leipzig
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2020 Radio Activity. A Bulky Receiver. Interactive installation for exhibition: Anybody Out There?! 100 Years of Radio in Germany, Kunstraum D21
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2019 Walk this Way. Quadrophonic opening, Louis Braille Festival, Leipzig
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2019 Dreamways. Binaural sound installation. ZiXP Festival, Leipzig
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2019 Dreamways. Binaural sound installation. HearSay International Audio Arts Festival,
Kilfinan / Irland
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2019 Space–We–Space. Binaural live performance. Seanaps Festival, Leipzig
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2018 Chapel Concert. Audiotalaia, El Polell / Spain
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2018 Decadència Viva. Site-specific 6-channel installation. Audiotalaia, El Polell / Spain
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2017 Nadel-Set:Intro. Sound installation. GRASSI Museum, Leipzig
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Radio / Audio (selection)

2021 Stop & Go. You Are the Public Performance. Rimini Protokoll / Film and Media Foundation NRW
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2020 The Ears May Travel. Field Recording Album
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2020 Serial Loop. An Argumentation Carousel for Contributors. Artistic radio feature.
Südwestrundfunk/Deutschlandfunk (with Antje Vauh)
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2020 Dreamways. Binaural radio play. (with Lena Löhr, Martina Weber)
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2019 Space–We–Space. Binaural composition + audio walk. GERÄUSCHKULISSE Kollektiv / Seanaps Festival / Noods Radio / Resonance fm / radia fm (with JD Zazie)
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Grants / Awards

2021 stipend Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony for BLINDer
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2021 stipend Film and Media Foundation NRW for K.I.T.A. – The Human Possible
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2020 stipend City of Leipzig for BLINDer
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2020 nomination Sound Walk September 2020 Award for The Ears May Travel
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2020 nomination Prix Europa / Radio Fiction for The Wolf in Us
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2020 stipend Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony for Found Pieces
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2020 Audiowalk Award for Space–We–Space
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2020 Grand Prix Nova, Bronze for Dreamways
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2020 stipend Film and Media Foundation NRW for Follow Me
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2019 project nomination Prix Phonurgia Nova for Follow Me
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2019 Competition Hörspielwiese Köln, Silver for Mister Soandso
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2019 nomination Auxiliary’s Sonic Arts Emerging Artist Exhibition Award with
Eyes Wide Open // Tongue Loose
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2019 Kurze Brennende Mikro, Berliner Hörspielfestival, Silver for The Wolf in Us
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2018 stipend European Cultural Foundation and Compagnia di San Paolo
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2018 nomination Kurze Brennende Mikro, Berliner Hörspielfestival for Wanna Play? The Remake
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2017 nomination Prix Phonurgia Nova for Wanna Play? 2 Worlds & 5 Blind Dates
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2016/17 stipend Media Innovation Center Babelsberg for H-EAR
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2016 Kultur- und Kreativpilot by the Federal Government of Germany
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Residencies

2021 Sonic Future Residencies #3, Semi Silent, Tescani / Romania
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2021 riversssounds. Digital residency. DZESTRA (Chernivtsi, UA) and SEMI SILENT / Asociaţia Jumătatea plină (Bucharest, RO). Leipzig / Germany
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2020 The Curious Loop, Field Kitchen Academy, Wüsten-Buchholz / Germany
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2020 Master Class La Radio Performée with Alessandro Bosetti, Phonurgia Nova, Arles / France
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2019 CAMP with Chris Watson, Aulus-les-Bains / France
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2019 production residency HearSay Festival, Kilfinan / Ireland
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2018 Audiotalaia Summer Camp, El Polell / Spain
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Press (selection)

2021 Four Questions / Located Sound. Interview by Jez Riley French
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2021 Review of Serial Loop by Susanne Franzmeyer, piqd
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2021 Exhibition Catalogue Anybody Out There?!
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2020 Sound Walks Offer a New Way to Travel in Lockdown, The Guardian
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2020 Review of Radio Activity, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)
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2020 The Visionaries Bringing The Jungle to Your Headphones, The Guardian
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Workshops / Talks / Lectures (selection)

2021 Being All Ears. Talk for Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and the Arts (NOTAM)
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2021 Soundwalking for Composers. Workshop for Sound And Music
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2021 Drifting through Sounds and the Outer World, Finding Oneself. Artist talk for Walk·Listen·Create
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2020 Sound Dramaturgy. Lecture for the College for Music and Theater
“Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy”, Leipzig
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2019 Sounding Walk. Workshop for Bauhaus University Weimar
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2017/18 Creative Media with Podcasting. Lecture for Leuphana University Lüneburg and
Hamburg Media School.
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