Call for proposals: Interactive Composition

The Konzerthaus Berlin is awarding a commissioned work to a composer and a visual artist. The project “An Interactive Composition” aims to explore creative possibilities at the interfaces of new music, visual art, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Creating new ways of engaging with classical music in the digital space: In cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences HTW Berlin, the Konzerthaus Berlin is developing new concepts that bring classical music to life in innovative and surprising ways.

Since 2018, some of the collaborative projects have been shown in the vestibule of the Konzerthaus Berlin. Five digital virtual reality and augmented reality stations offer low-threshold cultural learning opportunities to those visiting the digital exhibition during the day. Some 10,000 visitors a month have taken part in this service, learning more about the history and architecture of the concert hall and the story of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin through tablets and VR glasses.

  • “An Interactive Composition” project

    • The Konzerthaus Berlin will be celebrating its 200th anniversary in the 2020/21 season. In May 1821, Schinkel’s building was officially opened as the “Königliches Schauspielhaus” and on 18 June, it celebrated the premiere of one of the first German Romantic operas: “Der Freischütz” by Carl Maria von Weber. On the occasion of this anniversary, young ensembles, soloists and directors are being asked to interpret the theme “pact with the Devil” and the political dimension of the Faust legend and other interpretations of the theme, in a forward-looking and contemporary way.

      As part of the anniversary topic, the Konzerthaus Berlin is awarding a commissioned work to a composer and a visual artist. The project “An Interactive Composition” (working title) is intended to explore creative possibilities at the interfaces of new music, visual art, virtual reality and augmented reality. An interactive installation in VR or AR will be created in close collaboration with HTW Berlin developers, combining visual, moving elements with the composition. In so doing, the Konzerthaus Berlin would like to initiate an artistic process and dialogue with an open-ended outcome. Together with the artists, it will be decided whether the installation should be realised in VR or AR. In addition, the result will not only be made public in the Konzerthaus Berlin, but also via a free app.

      This project is supported by “experimente#digital” – a cultural initiative of the Aventis Foundation.

      Members of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin will record the resulting composition. The instrumentation is still pending and will be decided in consultation with the artists. The work should not exceed a total duration of five minutes.

  • Application

    • Application documents should contain the following files:
      - A letter of motivation of max. 3000 characters
      - A CV with photo
      - A written document outlining previous artistic works
      - Two to three work samples (photo, video, sound sample, etc.)

      Further information about the application:
      - Applications will only be accepted by e-mail to virtuelles@konzerthaus.de
      - The application deadline is 30.06.2019.
      - The final decision on the commissioned composition will be made in September 2019. The composer and the artist receiving the commission will be notified by e-mail. The composition of the jury will be announced.
      - By submitting an application, the composer is obliged to send the score of the work to the Konzerthaus Berlin by February 2020 in the event that he or she has been commissioned.
      - The fee awarded is 10,000 Euro each.

      One composer and one artist are welcome to submit a joint application, but this is not a prerequisite. The project will be very collaborative in nature, so that the resulting musical and visual works shall ultimately be amalgamated in a close, interactive process.

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