Winter Session: Student Participants


Anamarija Batista, Mphil. MSc. Cultural Researcher. She studied Art History at the University of Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts as well as Economics at Vienna University of Econimcs and Business.  Currently Batista is holding a scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (DOC-team) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and teaches there. Her PhD thesis is about »Sound artists as urban planners – a look at the cooperation between artistic and urban practices«.

Lisanne de Berg (1989) is an rMA student in Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. As her current research project is situated in affect theory, her main interest in sound studies involves the relation between the body and sound, embodied sound and synesthesia.

Thomas Blanck studied History (M.A.) and Italian (B.A.) at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. His current research is engaged with the relation between sound and political mobilization in 20th century Italy. He also works on methodological questions regarding the use of sound recordings as research documents.

Harley Brown completed her BA in fiction writing and biology at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN in 2009 and is currently a Master’s candidate in music and cultural criticism at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. In addition to her studies, Harley is also a freelance editor at Billboard and contributor to publications including Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, SPIN, and Pitchfork. She is primarily interested in questions of gender and racial ownership in popular music, the instrumental continuum of computer music, and history’s re-contextualization of electronic music.

Vivian Doumpa was born in 1986 in Thessaloniki, Greece, where she graduated from Music Highschool of Thessaloniki in 2004. She completed her BEng in Urban and Spatial Planning and Development studies, with a specialization in urban regeneration and creative industries (November 2010, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), and a MSc in Urban Geography, with a specialization in music in public space (September 2012, Utrecht University). She is co-founder of Creativity Platform, a non-profit org based in Thessaloniki. She currently lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands

Jessica Feldman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and New York University. Her dissertation looks at the use of sound and speech for violence and for healing, with focuses on sonic and linguistic “no-touch torture,” sonic weaponry, psychoanalytic talk therapy, and aesthetics. She is also an artist who uses sound, sculpture, installation, video, and robotics to address similar questions of biopolitical and affective conditions of possibility. Her pieces have been performed, installed, and exhibited internationally at galleries, museums, concert halls, public parks, city streets, tiny closets, boats, the New York City subways, and the internet, and have received awards from NYSCA, the LMCC, Meet the Composer, and the Experimental Television Center, among others.

Sabine von Fischer is an architectural writer, researcher and designer with a diploma from ETH Zurich and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University. She has lectured and published internationally. Her PhD research at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture at ETH Zurich (2008-2013) focuses on the intersections of acoustics and architecture in the 20th century. In 2010 she was a collection research grant recipient at the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montréal, 2004-2005 a resident at the Akademie Solitude in Stuttgart. In 2004, she received a Swiss Federal Prize of Art in the category of Architecture. Her recent activities include seminars on architectural criticism at ETH Zurich and editing architectural monographs (Diener & Diener, Phaidon 2011; Galli Rudolf architects, Park Books 2014).

Ricarda Franzen I hold a degree in Rhetorik (Tübingen) and Dramaturgie (Amsterdam). In my practice as a dramaturg I work on radio dramas and in theatre, on site-specific performances, soundwalks and audio installations. In my academic research I am currently bringing the interest in both, audio works and theatre, together.

Kata Gellen is Assistant Professor of German at Duke University in Durham, NC, USA. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 2010 with a dissertation entitled Earwitnesses: Noise in German Modernist Writing. She is currently completing a manuscript entitled Kafka and Noise, which examines inscriptions of inchoate acoustic phenomena in Franz Kafka’s writing in conjunction with theories of the voice in cinema and concepts from sound studies. Kata has published articles on Elias Canetti, Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth, sound and space in German literary modernism, and classical Weimar cinema.

Yvette Granata is a filmmaker and production designer from New York and Detroit. She currently researches film and media at the University of Amsterdam.

Jenn Grossman is an experimental musician/sound artist completing her MA in Music Media & Sound Psychology at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is interested in sound as an art, a science, a cultural artifact, a perceptual activator, and a consciousness-raiser.

Melle Jan Kromhout (Amsterdam, 1984) is ASCA PhD-fellow at the University of Amsterdam. His project entitled ‘Noise Identities’ focuses on a revaluation of the position of noise in recorded music as a key for assessing the relation of recording media to the production of musical significance. He published on topics such as lo-fi recording, the music of Throbbing Gristle, the idea of an ‘other music’ in the work of Friedrich Kittler  and the conceptual consequences of noise reduction.

Anna Kvíčalová received her MA in Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and now continues her academic work as a predoctoral research fellow at the the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and as a PhD student at the Freie Universitait. Her dissertation project, which deals with practices of attentive listening in 16th century Calvinist Geneva, is conducted as part of the research group The Making of Acoustics in 16th to 19th Century Europe.

Leendert van der Miesen has studied Musicology in Amsterdam and is currently enrolled in the research master Art studies. His interests lie in the field of early music and its reception in the twentieth century, performance practice and opera.

Jan Nieuwenhuis is currently finishing his research master in musicology at Utrecht University. During his study he gradually became more interested in experimental music, sound art, and sound. Furthermore he works as associate editor for the Journal of Sonic Studies.

Gabriel Paiuk (1975) is a composer, sound artist and researcher from Argentina. He has been director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Contemporary Music in Buenos Aires and is currently Research Associate at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague. He was awarded the Gaudeamus composition Prize in 2006 for his sound installation Res Extensa. His work focuses on the particular listening and production conditions embedded in the realm of media sound.

Jurriaan Pots is a musicology graduate and an organizer of cultural events. He recently obtained his Master’s at the University of Amsterdam with a dissertation about the sound quality of MP3. Jurriaan is fascinated by sound, media and folklore.

Doris Prlić (*1984) studied Experimental Art and Cultural Studies in Linz/Austria (2002-2008) and is currently enrolled at the research master Art Studies/Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam (since 2012).
Besides her studies she works as artist, organizer and freelance curator. Her fields of interest are sound art, art in public space and working conditions of artists.

Theresia Schouten MA in Media Studies: Film and Photographic Studies and currently a research master student in the Arts and Culture programme at Leiden University. My research interests include scientific data representation, the depiction of the human body and posthumanism and the neuro-image in cinema.

Linnea Semmerling (1989, Germany) is currently a Research Trainee at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany. She received her BA in Arts and Culture from Maastricht University in 2011 and her rMA Art Studies from the University of Amsterdam in 2013. Her research combines contemporary art theory and museum studies with phenomenology in its attempt to understand the embodied listening practices involved in a contemporary art museum visitor’s encounter with sound sculptures, sound installations and sound performances.

Helen Wagner graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Philosophy from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany. Following the completion of her undergraduate degrees, Wagner interned and took on freelance work in Essen for both a local radio station, and for the regional Ruhr Museum. In the Fall of 2012, Wagner began her graduate studies in the Public History Master’s Program at the Free University in Berlin, where she is also working as a student assistant on the research project “Klanglandschaft der Großstadt. Kulturen des Auditiven in Berlin and New York 1880-1930” (Soundscape of the City. Auditory Cultures in Berlin and New York, 1880-1930) led by Dr. Daniel Morat.

Nina Westzaan has attained a Bachelor’s degree in Musicology and recently finished the Research Master Art Studies at the University of Amsterdam (cum laude). Her master thesis focused on the reinvention of loudspeaker experience in the Darmstadt school (1946-1961). Research interests include Sound Studies, the Sociology of Music/Culture, and twentieth and twenty-first century (avant-garde) music.

Nine Eglantine Yamamoto-Masson is a French-Japanese curator, researcher and artist currently based in Berlin; she is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. In research and practice, her work lingers on the fault lines of contemporaneity as it examines theoretical constructions, embodied knowledges, medial practices and hauntologies of space and place, physical and virtual. Her work is concerned with ontologies of ideology and structures of power that are located in language and visual culture, and invested in the potential of art to offer alternative avenues through which to articulate socio-historical concerns and a differentiated understanding of the contemporary.

Hannah M. Zeavin is a PhD candidate at New York University in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Her academic interest include history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, voice studies, and gender studies. She also works as an assistant editor at Public Books and Public Culture. She is the co-founder of Second Story in New York City.