INFORM: CATAPULT Christopher Williams and Johannes Sistermanns


06 May 2019, 5:00 PM — 06 May 2019, 6:30 PM

The Crease, UniSA City West, Kaurna Building, Fenn Pl, City West Campus

INFORM: CATAPULT Christopher Williams and Johannes Sistermanns




Join Christopher Williams (SA) and Johannes Sistermanns (GER) as they discuss their experiences and learnings together as part of Guildhouse's Catapult mentorship program, complemented by a presentation of experimental sounds and atmospheric responses.

As the recipient of the $10,000 Catapult Mentorship, Christopher Williams will be mentored by internationally renowned artist Johannes Sistermanns, and together they will spend dedicated time in Christopher's personal studio to develop an understanding of the technical application of transducer technology in sound sculpture.

Christopher and Johannes' discussion will provide inspirational insight into the mechanics of a mentorship. Their session will be followed by a 'best practice' session from Guildhouse, crucial for those interested in the 2019 Catapult program.

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Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams is a sound artist working with radiophonics, soundscape, sound installations, and electro-acoustic music. He has lectured in Sound Art and Radio Feature-Making at the University of South Australia, and since 1990 has produced many radiophonic works for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

He is currently a PhD candidate in Radiophonic Art at the University of Technology, Sydney.  Christopher researched Contemporary Improvised Music at the University of Sydney; and studied Theatre and Drama at the University of New South Wales; and Directing at the National Insitute of Dramatic Art, the Australian Opera, and at the Australian Film and Television School.

He has exhibited sound works at the Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; the Studio fur elektronsische Musik, Weimar; Future Space, Royal Institute of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; Greenaway Art Gallery; Dianne Tanzer Gallery; Horsham Regional Art Gallery; Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Warrnambool Art Gallery; and Folly for a Flyover, London. He performed with his electro-acoustic trio at the Australasian Computer Music Conference and COMA.  Christopher created sound for ‘Uneasily Along the Sand’ at Palimpsest No.8 and the sound installation ‘Manifesto’ for Palimpsest No.9.


Johannes Sistermanns

Born in Cologne in 1955, studied piano (Klaus Runze), rhythm (H. Leiser) and composition/new music theater (M. Kagel) between 1976 and 1984. He lived in Varanasi in 1979 (studying North Indian singing at Banares Hindu University), obtained a PhD in musicology, lived in Paris from 1991-92 (where he met Luc Ferrari), in New York from 1995–96 (The Tao of Voice method with S. Cheng), in Japan in 2001, and in Australia. From 1997-2010 he was Vice-President of DEGEM (German Society for Electroacoustic Music). 

His work encompasses installative sound sculptures, audio plays and electroacoustic compositions for 2–8/43 loudspeakers (Sound Dome at ZKM, Karlsruhe) up to 2704 loudspeakers for wave field synthesis (TU Berlin), live satellite/Internet/ sound performance, graphic notation and instrumental compositions. Awards include the 1997 Karl Sczuka Advancement Award (SWR), 2008 German Sound Art Prize (WDR Cologne, Marl Sculpture Museum), 2015 Prix PRESQUE RIEN, Paris (Luc Ferrari) and first prize at the 2016 International Composition Competition “Leibniz Harmonien” 2016.

Sistermanns operates from a space of potential. Boundaries based on the material properties of instruments or spaces are no longer constitutive here, but rather the informational power of the individual perceptual capacity.


The Crease: creative research environment

The Crease is a creative space at the University of South Australia where researchers can come together to form innovative research collaborations. The Crease is located in the Kaurna Building, Fenn Pl, City West campus (behind Abbots and Kinney).

Image: Christopher Williams, Manifesto, detail, Concrete choral poem via loudspeaker choir, 2013. Image courtesy the artist.