External: The Fragility of Sounds


External: The Fragility of Sounds

University of Music and Performing Arts Graz | Centre for Gender Studies

The Fragility of Sounds Lecture Series [Online]

For an exchange across disciplines and cultures, this series of online lectures brings together composers, performers, musicians, scientists and researchers in order to explore terrains of music theatre. We look into movement, space and the body in connection with performance and electronic music, as well as into society and environment, identity and gender in the context of composing. We understand music theatre in the widest sense of the term: music theatre is sound moving in/through/with space and time. Music theatre is a collaborative process that necessitates co-operation and collaboration.


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The series is curated by Pia Palme and Christina Lessiak as part of the Artistic Research Project PEEK AR 537 On the Fragility of Sounds funded by the FWF Austrian Science Fund.


Join us on an inspiring journey into contemporary music, theatre, listening, and culture: come to explore new ideas, discuss, and critically comment the various results and insights.

All lectures are available for free and will be in English.
Duration approximately two hours each.


Tuesday 9 February 2021 – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1]
Elisabeth Schimana: Sound as Score
Susanne Kogler: “The fragility of sound” – On Possible Connections between Aesthetics and Politics in the 21st Century

Thursday 11 February 2021 – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1]
Irene Lehmann: On the theatricality of experimental listening situations
Electric Indigo aka Susanne Kirchmayr: From Idea to Realisation –
Susanne Kirchmayr speaks about her artistic process

Saturday 13 February 2021 – 7 PM [CET/UTC+1]
Join us for the dernière online screening of
WECHSELWIRKUNG – an experimental theatre
and stay on for the artist talk afterwards
with Paola Bianchi, Juliet Fraser, Pia Palme,
Irene Lehmann and Christina Lessiak

Thursday 18 February 2021 – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1]
Malik Sharif: Composition and Musicology as Artistic Research: The Case of Ruth Crawford and Charles Seeger
Christina Lessiak: How Feminism Matters: An exploration of an artistic research project

Thursday 25 February 2021 – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1]
Darla Crispin: Fragile sounds, robust text and the mediating potential of mutually-attentive listening
Flora Könemann: The silent draw: exploration of the void through embodied listening and drawing – an exercise lecture

Thursday 4 March 2021 – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1]
Aistė Vaitkevičiūtė: Emerging in the Process: Alternative Musical Thinking Recalling Archaic (Female) Existence
Sarah Weiss: Precarious Resistance: On Women Singing Transgression in Ritual Contexts

Thursday 11 March 2021 – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1]
Veza Fernandez: Tremor – Video performance and artist talk
Chikako Morishita: Composing ‘Narrative Dissolution’: Framing Subjectivity in Music Composition

Thursday 18 March 2021 – 5 PM [CET/UTC+1]
Pia Palme: With. The significance of a preposition for my artistic practice.


contact: pia.palme@kug.ac.at