Residenz-Rückblick: Residenz: April/Mai 2018
Janine Jembere und Gwen Rouger: "SKIN"

Janine Jembere is an artist with a background in filmmaking and soundart. She studied visual communication/media at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Germany and was a guest student at the Department for Fine Arts and Design at the Addis Abeba University, Ethiopia. Her research and work often is collaborative and focusses sensing and the body, questioning concepts of representation and translatability, ableism, race, and gender. Her works mainly manifest as videos, installations and performances and have been performed, screened and shown at Kunstverein Hanover, Temps d’Images Lisbon, University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin, Ballhaus Naunynstrasse Berlin, Golden Pudel Club Hamburg, Dokumentarfilmwoche Duisburg, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, transmediale Berlin, mumok Vienna, Research Pavillion at the Venice Biennale amongst others. She was a fellow of the video artist programme Berlin in 2016, artist in residence at Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna in 2014, and Akademie Schloss Solitude 2016/2017. She is currently working as a researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where she is also finishing her dissertation on dissonance as a tool to reimagine difference.

Starting with a musical piece, the pianist/keyboardist Gwen Rouger places herself as being
a intermediary between the spectator and the work. This is where her artistic expression is
situated. The starting point is the main emotion she has from the piece from which she creates specific concert contexts. This explorative approach provides the creative impetus for the development of performative installations (‘Cageplay’, ‘Urgent Stimulation’, ‘What you hear is not what you see’, ‘Fragile Strenght’, 'Caravan'). Having trained in Paris with the Argentinian composer and pianist Carlos Roqué Alsina, she received a Masters Degree with distinction in Contemporary Music Performance from the Royal College of Music, London, UK. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the 104, Centre Pompidou/Manifeste Festival (Paris, France), Cadogan Hall, Cafe OTO (London, U.K.), Central Station/Darmstadt Festival (Germany), Bozar (Brussels, Belgium), Klang Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark), Ulumbarra Theater/BIFEM festival (Bendigo, Australia), Lee Foundation Theater, NAFA (Singapore). She is recurring performer with ensembles Plus-Minus (London, U.K.), and Ictus (Brussels, Belgium) as well as co-director and pianist/keyboardist of the ensemble for new music soundinitiative. She was in residency at La Cité des Arts (Paris, France) in 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 artist-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany).

Etienne Graindorge is a sound engineer, computer musician and producer. He studied sound engineering, computer music and production at the Paris Conservatoire. Particularly interested in contemporary music and computer music, he designed the interaction system for the music and painting performance “A couple of times” with Fabrizio Rat and Myriam El Haik, winning the “Innovatoire” prize in 2009. In 2011, he was accepted into the musical studio La Grande Fabrique as a sound engineer and computer designer. In 2015 he became the sound engineer and computer musician of the contemporary music ensemble soundinitiative, for concerts in London, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Paris. He joined the company Artefact for the performance of “Alaska Forever” at the Avignon Theater Festival, the Thymos Quartet and the dance company Saporta for the show “Notes+” at the Cité de la Musique, and the company Le Grain for a tour with Giardino della Parola and Fabbrica Illuminata at Avignon festival 2015. Since 2013, he teaches computer music design to sound engineering students at the Paris Conservatoire.