Life

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Growing up in Vienna Volkmar Klien (*1971, Hollabrunn, A) spent his childhood engulfed in the city’s rich musical life with all its glorious traditions and engrained rituals. Working from this background Volkmar Klien today strives to extend traditional practices of composing, producing and listening far beyond the established settings of concert music. He works in various areas of the audible and occasionally inaudible arts navigating the manifold links in-between the different modes of human perception, the spheres of presentation and the roles these play in the communal generation of meaning.

His works have been widely recognized, exhibited, performed and presented. He has received commissions from institutions truly varied in nature. For the Volksoper Wien (Vienna, A) he composed music to a full evening ballet, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) (Troy, USA) invited him to produce multi-channel electronic sound works and for Transitio_MX (Mexico City, MX) he produced a mixed media installation acoustically surveying landscapes. In his installation Aural Codes he turned the radio sphere over London into his exhibition space inviting residents to tune in and also interact.

Throughout his career he has collaborated with his choreographer brother Michael on numerous performative projects exploring relationships between sound, bodily movement and human communication. Works stemming from this ongoing collaboration have been produced and presented at the ZKM Karlsruhe, Ballet Frankfurt, the Hayward Gallery London, and - most recently - by the Martha Graham Company in co-operation with the New Museum (NY).

Volkmar Klien’s work has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, amongst these are the Media Arts Prize of the City of Vienna, State Scholarships for Composition of the Republic of Austria, an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica, the Max Brand Prize for Electronic Music, the Scholarship of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, the Alban Berg Stipendium and the Gustav Mahler Prize for Composition.

In his artistic work Volkmar Klien can draw on experience gained in academic research. Having received a PhD in electroacoustic composition from the City University London he has held research positions at the Royal College of Arts in London, the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) and the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He is a professor for composition and director of the institute for composition, conducting and computer music at the Anton Bruckner University (Linz, Austria).

Performances and presentations

Mumok Wien / Belvedere (Wien) / Martha Graham Company (NY) / EMPAC (Troy, USA) / Habitación del Ruido (Mexico City, MX) / Ars Electronica Festival (AT) / Hayward Gallery (London) / Transitio_MX (Mexico City, MX) / Wien Modern (Vienna, A) / Nweamo (Morelia, MX) / Kunstradio (ORF Ö1) / Visiones Sonoras (Mexico City, MX) / Dublin Fringe Festival/ev+a (Limerick, IRL) / Daghdha Dance Company (Limerick, IRL) / Ballett Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main, D) / Volksoper Wien (Vienna, A) / Hoxton Hall (London, GB) / Futuresonic (Manchester, GB) / Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Huddersfield, GB) / En Red (Barcelona, E) / Portobello Festival (London, GB) / Sound Escape Festival (Peterborough, CDN) / Musikverein Wien (Vienna, A) / ICA (London, GB) / Send+Receive (Winnipeg, CDN) / Futura (Crest, F) / Grabenfesttage (Vienna, A) / Beckonings (Stanford, USA) / New Music North West (Olympia, USA) / Corfu Electronic Music Festival (Corfu, GR)

Exhibitions

Solo Shows:

2021
Belvedere Wien / Oberes Belvedere Carlone Contemporary
Wien Modern / Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

2018
Raum Lentos (Linz)

2016
Mariendom, Ars Electronica Festival (Linz)

2015
Galerie Schallform (Wien)
Ohrenhoch (Berlin)

2013
Stift Melk (Melk, Austria)

2011
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY)

2009
Habitación del Ruido (Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico DF)

2008
Klangraum Krems (Krems, Austria)

2004
Permanent Breakfast Gallery (Vienna, Austria)

2002
IDEA (Manchester, UK)

2001
Hoxton Hall (London, UK)

Group Shows:

2021
Eremitage St.Petersburg, „Ethereal Aether“
Digital Arts Zurich DA-Z

2020
Digital Arts Zurich DA-Z

2019
Ars Electronica

2015
Social Glitch (Tonspur, Wien)
Out of phase (Moë, Wien)

2014
Intime Räume (IMA, Hainburg, Ö)

2013
Niederösterreichisches Dokumentationszentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst

2012
reheat – Kleylehof
listening comprehension – Paraflows 2012

2011
Mantisfestival / Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama (Manchester, UK)
Pushfestival (Gävle, Sweden)

2010
Filament (EMPAC, Troy, NY)

2009
Transitio MX (Fonoteca Nacional, Mexico City)
ars electronic (Linz, Austria)

2007
Semperdepot / Wien Modern (Wien, Österreich)
NWEAMO (Morelia, Mx)

2004
Eva+ (Limerick, Ireland)

2002
TEST Kirklees New Media Centre (Huddersfield, UK)

2000
The Lowry (Salford, UK)

Prizes, commissions and scholarships (selecion)

Media Arts Prize of the City of Vienna / Austrian State Scholarship for Composition / Ars Electronica – Honorary Mention / Media Arts Prize of the State of Lower Austria / Theodor Körner Prize for Relative Realities / Max Brand Prize for Aural Codes / Commissions for Einem and Duplex by Ballett Frankfurt / Commission for Nodding Dog by Volksoper Wien / Commission for Padded Perception by The Lowry / Scholarship of Alban Berg Foundation / Composition Scholarship of Vienna Symphonic Orchestra / Composition prizes of the City of Vienna, the City of Klagenfurt (Gustav Mahler Prize) and the State of Lower Austria