Nayarí Castillo, Reni Hofmüller, Miriam Raggam, Hanns Holger Rutz

Meanderings – Acoustical surveys of the city

The spatial design of a city seems to dictate who moves around in it and how. Mäanderungen (“meanderings”) is an acoustic suggestion for developing alternative forms: in real, physical space; in electronic, radiophonic space; and in the imagination.
Meanders are created by friction, by the sensing of irregularities, between depth and surface, in motion. The exploratory process developed by this temporary production collective corresponds to a form of walking, being, and moving in the city that arises in the here and now, free from purpose, and that is individual, subjective, and inquiring.
Peculiar views of the urban space are made possible—unusual, temporary units of measurement are introduced. Part of the material created is based upon an interpretation of different spatial realities such as facades or gaps. They are photographed, drawn, captured by sensors or pressure and combined with text fragments to create a composition that manifests both as a radio drama and in the form of a spatial installation.
The translation process is driven mainly by an algorithmic generator that constantly allows new coincidences.

Nayari Castillo is an artist (MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies, Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, DE) and trained molecular biologist living in Graz, AT. Using video, text, objects, and photography as tools of communication, her installation work relies on specific constructs of traveling. Her interventions engage with history, time, and space. She has participated in numerous collective and solo exhibits in numerous cities, including Berlin, Brussels, Mexico City, NY, Sarajevo, Seoul, and Vienna. Castillo has won multiple prizes and bursaries, including the Bursary for the Arts of the city of Graz (AT) and the CIFO prize 2014, Miami (USA) and is mentioned in publications such as: Suazo, F. “Panoramic of Emergent Art in Venezuela 2010-2012” | Boulton, M.T. ”21 Venezuelan Women Photographers” | Palenzuela, J.C. “Art in Venezuela. 1980-2005” | and Castellote, A. “Open Maps: Latin American Photography 1991-2002”. She has had various residencies worldwide including Skowhegan SPS (2009, USA).

Reni Hofmüller focuses on art in technological contexts and examines relations between art, technology, and society. She has been working with sound as her main artistic tool for a long time, but with the same sort of interest she will go for a walk or create a new network of people to deepen her connection to her surroundings. She is one of the founders of esc medien kunst labor, has been involved in Radio Helsinki (a local non-commercial community radio),, and is a member of IMA; since December 2014 she has been singing in the feminist post-punk band Lonesome Hot Dudes. Embedded in feminist technological collectives, she is involved in the eclectic tech carnival TransHackFeminist Meeting, and is engaged in the concepts of feminist servers.

Miriam Raggam studied Conceptual Art and Performative Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as well as at the Art Academy Weißensee Berlin. She* lives and works as an artist and director in Vienna and Graz. »In my artistic work, I deal with the political and social spaces that surround me and of which I am a part. The questions I am confronting in my current work are, among others: How are cultural identities constructed? What is the feeling of 'your own' and what is then 'the foreign'? Who writes history about whom? Who can speak? My artistic explorations of the constructions of cultural identity, the writing of history, and other social structures find their expression in media like film, installation, and sound.«

Hanns Holger Rutz is a sound artist, composer, performer, researcher, and software developer in electronic art. His work, mainly comprising sound and intermedia installations, live improvisation, and electroacoustic compositions, has been internationally exhibited, performed, and recognised with various awards. The development and research of software and algorithms play an important role in his creations. He currently lives and works in Graz, Austria.