ARTIST TALKS with ALIREZA OSTOVAR (IR) & ZOLTAN KUNCKEL (VE)
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ALIREZA OSTOVAR is an interdisciplinary artist, freelancer composer, sound engineer/designer, researcher, music teacher, and performance artist currently based in Germany. He was born in 1987 in Tehran. He studied piano at the Conservatory of Tehran and auto-didactically experimented in electronic music and composition. From 2010 to 2013, he studied electronic music composition at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome.
In 2014, he wrote his bachelor thesis about “Multicultural Music,” focusing on “Electronic Music inspired by Persian classical music.” He has focused on “real-time sound processing” and performing “live-electronic” in his composition and realizing/performing some other composers’ electronics parts. Alireza received a degree in Electroacoustic Music Interpretation (Max/MSP) from IRCAM during the Manifest Academy in 2017. He completed his master’s studies in “Integrative Composition” at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen in 2018, and written his master thesis about “TRANSCULTURAL MUSIC: A RESEARCH ABOUT INTERCULTURAL AND TRANSCULTURAL PROCESSES IN ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC,” — a topic that he is still researching.
His performance art, dance, and visual arts interests bring him to so many collaborations with different artists, such as re-performing Marina Abramovic’s historical pieces in her exhibition “The Cleaner” in Florence and Belgrade, creating his installation and performance artworks. He has performed and participated in different international venues like the International Electroacoustic Festival of Monaco, Emufest (Rome), Ars Electronica, the Maxxi Museum of Contemporary Art, the Linux Audio Conference (ZKM), the Urban Solar Audio Plant (USAP Berlin), The Korean Electro-Acoustic Music Society’s Annual Conference (KEAMSAC), Irish Sound, Science, and Technology Convocation (ISSTC2015), Tanzhaus NRW Dusseldorf, Lichtmuseum (Unna), Ernest Busch Hochschule Berlin, Philharmonie Essen, Centre Pompidou (Paris), Etc.
ZOLTAN KUNCKEL / KuZo studied photography and sculpture at Moholy-Nagy University, Budapest, and Art in Context at the UdK, Berlin. KuZo’s interactive installations, video art and performance work address national and cultural identity, migration and the emergence of power structures.