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Event Series: Exhibition, installations, chamber opera

Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag: SYNTH

SYNTH presents an installation about the phantasm of sound and music synthesis by the artist, composer and researcher Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag.


Thu., May 18, 2017 7:00pm -
Sat., July 8, 2017


Tieranatomisches Theater


Figure: 2015 - 2017 Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag

The Tieranatomische Theater presents SYNTH, an installation about the phantasm of sound and music synthesis by the artist, composer and researcher Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag. Technical and aesthetic objects will be shown and heard in seven rooms, drawing a line from 19th centuries' physiology to Neue Musik, media theory of the 20th century and contemporary experimental music.

Two years ago, Sonntag developed SINUS – a chamber opera in three acts – especially for the Tieranatomisches Theater’s unique architecture. Taking Hermann von Helmholtz' “On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music” as a foundation, Sonntag investigates the origins of modern art and music. The technical roots of dismantling and synthesizing sounds and the phantasm of the pure sinus tone are in the centre of this exploration. For Sonntag sound art is spacial art, that addresses the percipient's whole body.

During the exhibition the first and the second act and the coda of the chamber opera will be performed and presented within a collection of instruments and objects, pictures and photos, scores, circuits and acoustic transducers. The objects come from the historical collection of musical instruments of the Charité, from Jan-Peter Sonntag’s collections as well as his and Sebastian Döring’s research on a synthesizer of the media theorist Friedrich A. Kittler.

Jan-Peter Sonntag and Felix Sattler invite experts and public audiences to discussions, workshops and events about the exhibited objects and instruments.

SINUS. A chamber opera in 3 acts / 3 rooms / 3 sound architectures will be performed live on three days in June and July. The classical anatomy theatre will be transformed into a “Rausch-Körper” (body of noise).

At the same time Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag’s radio opera RUNDFUNK AETERNA – a work commissioned by Documenta 14 – will be broadcasted world-wide. For RUNDFUNK AETERNA Sonntag developed special circuits, too, which make it possible for the artist to receive radio just as the visionaries Marinetti, Arnheim and Brecht.

A co-production of the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik and Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag
Curator: Felix Sattler
Producer: Lars Gühlcke

Further information

Organizer: Tieranatomisches Theater

Further information on the event's website

Phone: 030 2093-46625


Philippstraße 12 (Haus 3).Langhans- + Gerlachbau, Tieranat. Theater (Haus 3)