Atelierhaus am Hafen, Cologne

25 August – 22 September 2017
Workshop ‘Voice and Space’ and finissage solo exhibition Directed to the Sun with performance, Atelierhaus Quartier am Hafen, Poller Kirchweg 78-90, 51105 Cologne (DE). Curated by Jari Ortwig and Georg Dietzler. Supported by CBK Rotterdam (Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam). Info sheet workshop in pdf German / English.

25 August – 22 September
Exhibition. Open on Sundays and Thursdays. Details: Exhibition press text pdf (in German). Exhibition sheet pdf.

22 September
14-21h
Workshop ‘Voice and Space’
19h30 Finissage exhibition Directed to the Sun
20h Performance with workshop participants

Workshop ‘Voice and Space’
For more than ten years Janneke van der Putten’s own voice has been an essential medium for her interactions with landscape, space and contexts, in connection with e.g. natural phenomena, mythologies, cycles and time. In addition to her studies of textile design and Artistic Research Janneke van der Putten learned the North Indian singing “Dhrupad” with Amelia Cuni and Marianne Svašek in Berlin and Rotterdam. The learned technique has been essential for her understanding of the voice as a physical experience and less as a medium for speech or even singing.

– “How can I travel with my voice, my jaw, tongue, spittle, and breath?”

This workshop explores the voice in relation to a spatial experience. Through a Deep Listening session and blind-folded sound walk we will explore our senses and become more aware of our own body, movements and sounds. We will continue with a simple body warm up followed up by a basic vocal exercise. The workshop will consist of group interventions and performances, exploring the acoustics and characteristics of the space, using amongst other our own voices. We will reflect in drawing and conversation and end the workshop with a public presentation at Q18.

No prior singing experience is needed, but the participants should participate in a public final performance with audience after the workshop, the workshop and the presentation will be photographed and filmed. The participation of selected applicants in the workshop is free. Water, tea and coffee will be provided. However, a contribution for a vegetarian buffet for a joint meal after the workshop and before the performance is desirable. Please bring comfortable clothes, gymnastic mats or blankets. Gathering at 13.45 in Room 19 (ground floor).

Language: English or German. Number of participants max. 15, from 18 years. Written application, please with a short statement on motivation and interest in the workshop by September 13th, to Jari.Ortwig@gmx.net. The participants will be announced by 15th September.