In the framework of the exhibition Sense of Sound, different national and international curators discuss on the status of sound art within the field of visual arts. The interest in sound art notably increases, but curators and programmers often find it hard to display sound art in either exhibition concepts or infrastructure. Many choices – both artistically and in relation to the presentation-environment – are medium specific. The professional field often does not possess sufficient knowledge with regard to presenting a medium that is as physical as it seems elusive; hence the need for further discussion and expertise on this subject.
Carsten Seiffarth (Berlin) curates and produces exhibitions and projects on sound art in an international context. He founded and directed the pioneering sound art gallery Singuhr in Berlin. Seiffarth currently the curator of the urban sound art project Bonn Hören.
Bernd Schulz (Berlin) has been curator of the Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken for many years. He has written several monographies on sound artists like Rolf Julius, Christina Kubisch, Akio Suzuki, and other publications on the matter of Klangkunst.
Justin Luke founded Audio Visual Arts (AVA) in 2008. The gallery is based in New York and exhibits emerging and established artists and musicians. While AVA presents a range of work, the core interest is in a more adventurous and conceptual approach to sound. AVA also produces artists editions, participates in international exhibitions and art fairs, and hosts the monthly audio series Exterior Sounds.
Nicole Gingras is a researcher, independent curator and author based in Montreal. She is particularly interested in the image, be it visual, audio or textual. The exhibitions and programs she has curated and the publications under her direction as well as the seminars she has lead, deal with such notions as time, the creative process, the movements of thought, traces and memory. She has collaborated with International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) since 2003.
Carlo Fossati has run, since 1998, e/static, a non-profit space in Torino renowned for its uncompromising work with international artists, specializing in the fields of performance and sound-related visual art. He curated many solo and group shows, as well as performances and concerts, by the likes of Rolf Julius, Terry Fox, Arnold Dreyblatt, Hans Peter Kuhn, Miki Yui, Tehching Hsieh, Steve Roden, Dominique Petitgand, Thomas Köner, Luca Vitone, Carlos Casas and many others.
He recently curated “Morton Feldman and Rolf Julius: Music for a long time”, which took place in December 2012 at the Museo del Castello di Rivoli.
Joost Fonteyne (Kortrijk) directs Festival van Vlaanderen Kortrijk. He has been programming Sounding City for many years within this festival and within its predecessor Happy New Ears, an exhibition of sound art both in public space and indoor spaces across the city.