Heiko Kalmbach

interactive sound and video installation by Katharina Rosenberger and Heiko Kalmbach
featuring Shelley Hirsch, Juliana Snapper and Pamela Z.

presented at:
HUMAN RESOURCES LA, USA, 01/22-24/2013,
BIG CITY FORUM Panel Discussion 'Voice and Body seen through Digital Media', 01/ 23/2013

VIVA VOCE celebrates vocal performance art in an interactive and experimental context and through this lens explores voice - body relationships and the self. In the process, the work investigates the root of oral tradition and its impact on shared information in the virtual versus physical social space.

In real-time visitors play and re- compose performance and documentary sequences of three vocal artists—Juliana Snapper (Los Angeles), Shelley Hirsch (New York), and Pamela Z (San Francisco)—by interacting with a 3D sonic sculpture on an iPad created by Michael Schmitz.

Over 90 sung and spoken passages appear on floating screens in the gallery space. By improvising with the iPad interface and triggering text and vocal clips, visitors become not only intimately introduced to the vocalists, they turn into performers themselves.

More info at: vivavoce.ch
VIVA VOCE selects


Katharina Rosenberger, Concept, Composition, Artistic Direction
Heiko Kalmbach, Video, Artistic Direction
Michael Schmitz, iPad Design, App Programming
Jason Ponce, System Design, Multimedia Programming
Vance Galloway, Set Design, Technical Direction
Joe Kucera, Audio Engineering
Nick Drashner, Audio Mastering
Freya Glomb, Editor of video documentation


Shelley Hirsch is "an unorthodox, extraordinary fusion of vocalist, composer, and performance artist" (Anne LeBaron) whose work encompasses story telling pieces, staged performances, compositions, improvisations, collaborations, installations, and radio plays.

Soprano and interdisciplinary artist Juliana Snapper works at the physical and expressive limits of the operatic voice. Recent projects “prepare” the vocal instrument, altering its functionality and sonic palette by positioning her body in stressful states such as hanging upside down or submerging herself in water.

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She's created installation works and has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. pamelaz.com

Much of Swiss composer Katharina Rosenberger’s work manifests in an interdisciplinary context and is bound to confront traditional performance practice in terms of how sound is produced, heard and seen. Katharina is teaching composition and sound installation art at UC San Diego.

Heiko Kalmbach works as a filmmaker, video artist and theater director. His films and videos have been presented at Festivals like Oberhausen, São Paulo and South by South West. His feature documentary, 'IF ONE THING MATTERS – a film about Wolfgang Tillmans‘ premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008.

Michael Schmitz is a designer specialist in digital media and interactive concepts. He lives in Cologne, Germany and is co-founder of the design collective NON SQUARE PIGS – a network of freelance designers, product designers, editors, writers, producers and filmmakers.

Jason Ponce is a multimedia artist, musician and interactive arts researcher. His sound and video installations have been produced internationally and highlight the many intersections between art and science, especially interactivity, group dynamics, gesture and cognition. His interactive works use process and embodiment to blur the boundary between performance and installation, and often explore the individual's relationship to larger social processes. emptyset.org

Vance Galloway is a media arts technician, audio engineer and musician based out of Seattle, WA. He specializes in immersive audio and video environments and customized control systems for live performance. He is a founder and Technical Director of the Decibel Festival and a key long time contributor to the legendary Recombinant Media Labs out of San Francisco.

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Heiko Kalmbach

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Filmmaker, video artist, stage director.

Screenings and shows at Anthology Film Archives New York, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Art in General NY, Pilot London, the Knitting Factory NY, Lux Centre London, Manzi Art Space Hanoi, Meta House…

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Filmmaker, video artist, stage director.

Screenings and shows at Anthology Film Archives New York, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Art in General NY, Pilot London, the Knitting Factory NY, Lux Centre London, Manzi Art Space Hanoi, Meta House Phnom Penh, Goethe Institutes in Kolkata, Mexico City, New York and Paris, and at Festivals like Short Film Festival Oberhausen, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, South By Southwest Austin Texas, Mix Festival NY, Independent Exposure Seattle and Video Art Plastique Basse-Normandie.

Heiko Kalmbach's feature documentary IF ONE THING MATTERS – A FILM ABOUT WOLFGANG TILLMANS premiered in the Forum section at Berlin International Film Festival in 2008 and has been presented at Festivals in Copenhagen, Leipzig, Torino, Lisbon, Oslo and Toronto. Besides producing and directing his own work, Heiko has worked as writer/director, DP and editor for institutions like Rockefeller Foundation and YIVO Institute NY and for broadcasters like Arte, 3Sat, Discovery Channel Germany, SRF, M6 France, TV Ontario and SBS Australia.

His collaboration with composer Katharina Rosenberger, the interactive sound and video installation VIVA VOCE, featuring vocal artists Shelley Hirsch, Juliana Snapper and Pamela Z, was shown at Human Resources Gallery in Los Angeles in 2013 and at Sweet Thunder Festival in San Francisco in 2014. It will be on view in Berlin in September 2015.

Heiko Kalmbach’s work as stage director and projection designer has been presented at Volksbühne Berlin, La MaMa E.T.C. NY, Theaterhaus Jena, Fusion Festival, Chamäleon Theater Berlin, Aarshi Theater Group Kolkata, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Autorentheatertage at Thalia Theater Hamburg, Crash!Boom!Bau! Festival, Dramafest Mexico City, the Kitchen NY, Schleswig Holsteinisches Landestheater, Tanztage Bremen, Roxy Basel, Stadttheater Bern, Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, on Hapag Lloyd's MS Europa2 and on worldwide tour with the y2d/Chamäleon production LEO which was awarded the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, Three Weeks Editors Award, Scotsman Fringe First Award, Adelaide Critics Circle Award, Adelaide Fringe Award and the John Chattaway Innovation Award.

Heiko Kalmbach has been leading workshops and seminars in his fields of practice since the late 1990s. He pursued Drama, Film and Cultural Studies at Universities in Berlin and Bremen before earning a BfA in Film (Honours) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1998. He has been teaching spatial media design at Technical University's MA Program ‚Bühnenbild_Szenischer Raum‘ in Berlin since 2011 and has been a studio tutor and lecturer for film and dramaturgy at the Architectural Association's Interprofessional Studio in London since 2009.

Individual grants and residencies include an Artist's Fellowship for Film from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Martin Scorsese Award, Russell Hexter Filmmaker's Award, Nestor Almendros Award, Artist Residencies at Camargo Foundation in France, MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, USA, kunst:raum Sylt-Quelle in Germany, Human Resources Gallery LA, USA, and at Sitterwerk St Gallen in Switzerland.

Heiko Kalmbach @ IMDB - imdb.com/name/nm1272133/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
VIVA VOCE - interactive sound & video installation - vivavoce.ch
VIVA VOCE - select clips of installation - VIVA VOCE selects
AA London - Interprofessional Studio @ Architectural Association London - interprofessionals.net
TU Berlin - Szenischer Raum / Spatial Composition - tu-buehnenbild.de/index.php
FRAMING REALITY - Taller de video-documentación - vimeo.com/user14237815
RE-MEX - el poder de las artes - facebook.com/Remex.artes
IF ONE THING MATTERS - a film about Wolfgang Tillmans, Berlinale 2008 - berlinale.de/en/archiv/jahresarchive/2008/02_programm_2008/02_Filmdatenblatt_2008_20085090.php
LEO - Video Design - facebook.com/pages/LEO/220813137947193
STABAT MATER & TOSCA, SST - Projection Design - theater-saarbruecken.de

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