"Can You Hear Me Knocking?"

An international symposium on sound in art

24 May 2019, 10 am to 6 pm

The current art-theoretical discourse on Sound Art is strongly determined by two viewpoints. Firstly, by the view championed by John Cage and the New York School, which is encapsulated by the phrase “Let the sounds be themselves”. Secondly, by the fact that attention is strongly oriented towards the material nature of sound and towards the production of sound objects. In contrast to this, Christian Jendreiko follows an approach whereby sound in art is considered less of a standalone object and more of a medium in which humans appear along with their aesthetic actions. On the basis of this artistic position, the symposium “Can You Hear Me Knocking” aims to develop alternative discursive perspectives on sound art. At the same time, it is meant to further the aspiration to make sound art tangible in its development from the very beginning, placing the focus on the growing role of the museum for its presentation and preservation.


10:00  Registration
10:45  Welcome: Peter Gorschlüter, Director / 
           Isabel Hufschmidt, Curator
11:15  Keynote:  Christian Jendreiko
Panel 1: Sound Art – A Current State of Research
11:45  Nicola Hein
12:15  Martin Phelps
12:45  Lunch

Panel 2: Sound – The Sculptural & the Ephemeral
13:30  Isabel Hufschmidt
14:00  Wilfried Dörstel
Panel 3: Sound & Multimedia
14:30  Karla Milosevich
15:00  Friedemann Dupelius
15:30  Coffee break

Panel 4: Sound & Museum
16:00  Peter Gorschlüter
16:30  Michael Glasmeier
17:00  Round Table

Moderation: Christian Jendreiko, Isabel Hufschmidt

Apéro and LP release Lust & Rätsel / Riddle & Lust, 6 p.m.

On the occasion of the intervention Christian Jendreiko & Guests. Riddle & Lust (8 March – 26 May 2019)

Admission free
Registration for the symposium until 17 May 2019 at symposium@museum-folkwang.essen.de

With kind support by


Christian Jendreiko
Untitled, 2015
© Christian Jendreiko