MORITZ FEHR

Moritz Fehr (*1981, based in Berlin) works in sound and experimental film. His projects engage with constellations of objectivity and emotion, technology, infrastructure and the natural environment. The sonic realm is his main focus of work, he investigates the nature of sound in terms of metaphorical presence and spatial implications. His sound- and video installations often have an immersive appearance, either using methods of hyper-realistic simulation (surround sound and stereoscopic images) or employ methods of amplification or evocation of existing subjects, structures or spaces with sound. His projects have been presented at exhibitions, screenings and festivals internationally.

After studying Media Art at Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany and Tokyo National University of the Arts in Japan, he enrolled in a practice-based Ph.D. (Fine Arts) program at Bauhaus University and Studio for Electroacoustic Composition (SeaM) at Franz-Liszt Academy, Weimar (to be published in 2018). For his studies, he received scholarships from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Bauhaus Research School Weimar and the State of Thuringia, Germany.

Occasionally, he holds workshops on the artistic practice of working with sound, focussing on its interrelation with visual media, film and sculpture, most recently at Royal Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen, The Academy of Fine Arts Munich and others.

Permanently installed projects can be visited at the Velaslavasy Panorama (Los Angeles, USA), Jerusalem Panorama (Altoetting, Germany), The Museum of Jurassic Technology (Los Angeles, USA) and Continuous Drift (Dublin, Ireland).



Upcoming and recent presentations:

Evokation, Simulation, Immersion
Lecture and Screening
Akademie der Bildenden Künste München
November 15, 2017

Preservation
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Curated by Aurora Tang
September 29, 2017 – January 20, 2018

STADT
Kunstraum 53 / Literaturhaus St. Jakobi, Hildesheim
From September 8, 2017
www.kunstraum53.de

Das Gesicht - Eine Spurensuche
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
Curated by Kathrin Meyer
August 19, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Sound Scene X: Dissonance / DC Listening Lounge
Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
July 8, 2017

Continuous Drift: Balance
Public Sound Installation at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin
New works by Peter Cusack, Moritz Fehr, Marco Fusinato, Jennie Guy, Christina Kubisch,
and Hans Rosenström. Curated by Sven Anderson
Launch: April 6th 2017
continuousdrift.com

Hotspot Lagos (in collaboration with Willy Sengewald)
Goethe Institute Lagos, Nigeria
From April 1, 2017
hotspotlagos.com

Listen Hear: The Art of Sound
Philip Beesley, Moritz Fehr, David Grubbs, Elisa Hamilton, Ernst Karel, Lee Mingwei, Helen Mirra,
O & A, (Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger), Philippe Rahm, Teri Rueb and Su-Mei Tse
March 8 – September 5, 2017
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston




Selected projects:

Undertone (2017)
Site-specific ultrasonic sound installation

A sonic evocation of The Concert, by Vermeer, which was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. The fragmented sound of a contemporary rehearsal of the piece "Ombre de mon amant" by Michel Lambert appears from the empty frame that once held the painting.

Featuring musical recordings performed by the Four Nations Ensemble: Pascale Beaudin (Soprano),
Andrew Appel (Harpsichord), Daniel Swenberg (Lute).

The installation was created for the exhibition Listen Hear: The Art of Sound.



The Boston Globe on "Listen Hear: The Art of Sound"

The Huffington Post on "Listen Hear: The Art of Sound"



Das Gesicht - The Face (2017)
Single-channel film for an exhibition at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden

In collaboration with Sigrid Weigel / Interdisciplinary Laboratory Bild Wissen Gestaltung at Humboldt-
University Berlin. Cast: Hanns Zischler, Johanna Polley, Lisa Schreiber; Gaffer: Zayne Armstrong, Sound Recordist: Ben Kalisch; Sound Mix: Niklas Kammertöns (Neuton Berlin); Production: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden and Interdisciplinary Laboratory Bild Wissen Gestaltung, Humboldt-University Berlin
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Overhead (2016)
Multichannel
composition

The multichannel composition Overhead consists of five sound spaces. Each scene is a location recording that has been infused with technically amplified (and otherwise inaudible) sound of infrastructure present in place: Power lines, bared bwire fences and short wave radio communication. The piece deals with the idea of listening to the landscape vertically: Sound traveling high up through the air, sound originating from man-made structures like power lines and fences that section the vast area and the sonic presence of the landscape itself, recorded on ground level.

 


Undersound (2015)
Publication

Undersound was published on the occasion of Moritz Fehr’s solo exhibition at the Kunstverein Hildesheim. With contributions by Kathrin Meyer, Clemens Krümmel and Florian Sprenger. Layout and Design by Gunnar Green (Studio TheGreenEyl Berlin).

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Colosseum (2015)
Stereoscopic 3D film, Ambisonics spatial surround sound

A film about an abandoned gold- and copper mine that reenacts its spiraled appearance through the use of spatial images and sound.
Premiered at Kunstverein Hildesheim Germany.





Inversion (2014)
Site-specific immersive sound installation for 32 animal voices and a counter tenor
Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin, 2014

An inverison of the hierarchic relationship between humans and animals. Multiple sonic layers conjoin in the center of the room where animal corpses were dissected for the first time more than 200 years ago.

Voice: Johannes Reichert. Produced with support from the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik and the Animal Voice Archive, Museum of Natural History, Berlin. Curated by Felix Sattler



 

Every word you say (2014)
Collaboration with artist Clemens von Wedemeyer
Kunstverein Braunschweig



 

Mojave (A person was here) (2013)
Stereoscopic 3D film, Ambisonics spatial surround sound


Experimental documentary on the technical landscape of the Mojave Desert.
On view at the Desert Research Station of the Center for Land Use Interpretation
November 2014 - September 2017

Film Stills (stereo 3D pairs):




Immersive sound Installation for the Jerusalem Panorama Altoetting, Germany
Permanent since 2009
For 16 speakers installed in the panoramic space.





Effulgence of the North (2007)
Immersive surround sound installation for the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles.
Permanent since 2007





Vehicles, Tokyo (2007)
Photo serie
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Installation view Arko Art Center, Seoul (2011)




CONTACT
mail (at) moritzfehr.de
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