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GAPPP: Gamified Audiovisual Performance
and Performance Practice

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The Research Team:

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Prof.Dr. Marko Ciciliani – head of project, PI, composition and audiovisual art
Prof. Dr. Barbara Lüneburg – key researcher, violin
Dr. Susanne Sackl-Sharif – key researcher, musicology, sociology

Visiting Artists:

Dr. Simon Katan – digital art, composition
Kosmas Giannoutakis – game based composition
Christof Ressi – game based composition


Marko Ciciliani
Head of project

Head of Project and principal investigator Prof.Dr. Marko Ciciliani (CRO/DE) is a composer, performer, researcher and audiovisual artist based in Austria. The focus of Ciciliani’s work lies in the composition of performative electronic music, often in audiovisual contexts. Light- or laserdesigns are often integral parts of his compositions. More recently he has also included live-video in his compositions, by making the manipulation of images part of an extended instrumental design. The artistic combination of sound and light was also the topic of his PhD research that he completed at Brunel University London in 2010.
It is characteristic of Ciciliani’s compositions that sound is not only understood as abstract material but as a culturally shaped idiom. The exploration of a sound’s communicative potential is as much in the foreground of his work as its objective sonic quality. Ciciliani’s work is characterized by a conceptual approach in which aspects of classical composition, sound and media-studies play tightly together.
The different “genres” in which Ciciliani’s music can be found are reflecting his manifold artistic activities. His music has been performed in more than 35 countries across Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

It has been programmed by festivals and concert series of electronic experimental music like Experimental Intermedia/NYC, Club Transmediale/Berlin, SuperDeluxe/Tokyo, NowNow Series/Sydney, Ibrasotope/São Paolo or Findars/Kuala Lumpur; just as much as by festivals for post-avantgarde music as Wien Modern, Ultraschall Berlin, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Maerzmusik, ISCM World Music Days and many more.
In 2009 Marko Ciciliani was recipient of the prestigious Villa Aurora Stipend, a three-month artists residency in Los Angeles. He received numerous project-residencies at STEIM/Amsterdam, ESS/Chicago, ICST/Zürich, Mittersill/Austria and ZKM/Karlsruhe. In 2015 Ciciliani has been granted funding for a 3 year artistic research project titled “GAPPP – Gamified Audiovisual Performance and Performance Practice”. It is funded as part of the PEEK program of the Austrian Science Fund and will run from 2016-19.
Ciciliani is full Professor for Computer-Music Composition and Sound Design at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. His primary fields of research are audiovisuality and performance practice of electronic music.
Ciciliani has been invited as coach to the multidisciplinary course LabO in Antwerp in 2013 and 2015. In 2014 he has taught at the “Summer Courses for Contemporary Music Darmstadt” as part of the IEM's studio residency. For 2016 he was invited to teach there again as official tutor.

Barbara Lüneburg
Key researcher

Key researcher and violinist Prof. Dr. Barbara Lüneburg (DE/AT) is a performing artist of international reputation in the fields of contemporary music, violin, viola, electric violin and multimedia. Her arts based research focuses on the creative potential of performance practice in new music with an emphasis on collaboration, creativity, relation performer-audience and charisma (trait approach, as a social process, dramaturgical approach and theatrical perspective). For her doctoral studies at Brunel University London, she explored theories from media sciences and music sociology as well as psychology and creativity research for their uses in arts practice. She built theoretical concepts usable in performance and art (coding), applied the process of theoretical sampling and drew comparisons between performance situations in different countries, continents and socio-cultural contexts applying the steps of Grounded Theory.

In the current project she will continue her research on collaboration and performer-audience relation. In Barbara Lüneburg’s function as artistic director and manager of ensemble Intégrales (from 1997-2012), an internationally performing chamber music group for contemporary music, she has gained invaluable experience in management, acquisition of funding, PR and leadership, which will come to the benefit of this project. Lüneburg is professor for Ensemble and Digital Performance at the Trossingen University of Music in Germany.

Susanne Sackl-Sharif
Key researcher

Researcher Dr. Susanne Sackl-Sharif (AT) is a musicologist and sociologist with research focuses on audiovisual media, gender studies, popular culture, qualitative research methods, and political participation. She completed her PhD in systematic musicology and cultural sociology with distinction at the University of Graz in 2014 and won the “Gabriele Possanner Award 2015” as well as the “Josef Krainer Award 2015” for her Phd thesis “Gender – Metal – Video Clips”. 

Since 2009, she works as a lecturer for empirical methods, gender studies, popular culture, and sociology at the University of Graz, the University of Salzburg, the University of Klagenfurt, and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. She is a founding member of the study group “music | media | publishing” and a board member of the “Österreichische Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung” since 2014.

From 2012 to 2014 she worked as a research assistant in the joint FWF-DFG project “After Bologna: Gender Studies in Entrepreneurial Universities“ in Graz and Berlin; from 2014 to 2015 she explored political participation processes for the research institute “Spectro” (Vienna). In the GAPPP project she works as a music sociologist and is mainly responsible for preparing and conducting interviews with the composers, the performers, and the audience.

Simon Katan
Digital art

Visiting Artist Simon Katan (UK) is a digital artist with a background in music and a strong preoccupation with games and play. His work incorporates hidden mechanisms, emergent behaviour, paradox, self-reference, inconsistency, abstract humour, absurdity and wonder. He makes software which creates musical odysseys through exploring animated worlds and design games in which the players unwittingly become performers of bizarre and occasionally daft rites. 

He completed his PhD in audio-visual co-dependency in music at Brunel University in 2012 and won a Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention for his work 'Cube with Magic Ribbons. He has exhibited and performed in the UK and Europe at festivals and conferences including Imatronic (Germany), Beam Festival (UK), Sonica (Slovenia), ICMC (Slovenia), Spitalfields Festival (UK), Sonorities (Nthn Ireland, and Borealis Festival (Norway). Simon has recently undertaken residencies at and collaborated with organisations including the Royal Opera House, Camden Roundhouse, Tyneside Cinema, and ZKM Karlsruhe. As well as lecturing at Goldsmiths University Simon carries out research into embodied audio visual interactions to improve performing arts accessibility for disabled practitioners.

Kosmas Giannoutakis

Visiting Artist Kosmas Giannoutakis (GR) is a composer who creates game pieces, pure acoustic or with the integration of digital media.
He is exploring the fundamental nature of music making, which is related to the act of playing and gaming. He is interested in bringing in focus the interactive relationships of the performers, by not intending a static, preconceived sounding result of a fixed performance but a dynamic transformation of the performance itself which leads to multiple performative outputs. His pieces exhibit indeterministic behavior, since the performers interact following game rules, evaluate aurally the game results and change their performance status, enhancing the Liveness factor of the performance since decisions are made here and now. www.kosmasgiannoutakis.eu

Christof Ressi

Visiting Artist Christof Ressi (AT) is a composer and studied instrumental compostion, jazz, and electronic music.
Christof Ressi was born in 1989 in Villach (Austria). After learning cello as a child, he picked up the piano and electric guitar and developed an early interest in Classical, Jazz and Rock music. He did his Bachelor's and Master's degree in classical composition with Gerd Kühr and a Master's degree of jazz composition and arranging with Ed Partyka at the University of Arts in Graz. He's currently studying computer music with Marko Ciciliani at the IEM in Graz. His artistic work comprises various different styles and fields of music, such as New Music, Jazz or experimental electronic and audio-visual music. He is regularly composing music and designing live-electronic setups for theater and dance productions. Additionally he is working as an arranger in various musical idioms, like Pop, Jazz and music for TV and cinema. He has a keen interest in multimedia and computer programming. His music has been performed in Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Mexico, Japan, China, UK, USA and South-Africa. He has won two Downbeat Student Music Awards for his Jazz arrangements and compositions.

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GAPPP is funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF as project PEEK AR 364-G24.