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Embodying Expression, Gender, Charisma –
Breaking Boundaries of Classical Instrumental Practices


Research Projects of Team Members

Barbara Lüneburg
TransCoding–From ‘Highbrow Art’ to Participatory Culture
Barbara Lüneburg (principle investigator and artist) and Kai Ginkel (postdoc)

TransCoding–From ‘Highbrow Art’ to Participatory Culture was an arts-based research project conceived of by the artist and researcher Prof. Dr Barbara Lüneburg (project leader), funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (funding amount 290 000 €, PEEK AR 259-G21) and located at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz/Austria. The project was run by an international team of artists and researchers from 1.2.2014 – 30.1.2017.

Our research topic was the question of how we could involve an audience that was hitherto not available for the new arts in our project, exemplary create a link between the world of young people coming from the popular culture and that of internationally working multimedia artists and thus make “highbrow art” more accessible.
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GAPPP: Gamified Audiovisual Performance and Performance Practice
Marko Ciciliani (principle investigator) and Barbara Lüneburg (key researcher and artist)

GAPPP: Gamified Audiovisual Performance and Performance Practice was an artistic research project conceived and run by composer, audiovisual artist and project leader Dr. Marko Ciciliani.

Computer Games have become a fashionable area of research, which has been covered by many different fields of research in the humanities and in the arts. However, only to a comparatively small extent have computer game elements been explored in the realm of audiovisual composition and performance. This research started out with the assumption that player interactions and game strategies offer yet unexplored models that can be applied in live audiovisual works.
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Renata Kambarova
Approaching Nola, Shashmaqom, and Western contemporary art music through intercultural exchange and artistic research

In her doctoral research project, Renata Kambarova explores ways to create meaningful, transformative musical relationships between flute and nay players through her own example, while conducting an intensive study of the technique of nola, the traditional ornamentational technique between vibrato and trill, used in both vocal and instrumental performances in Shashmaqom. With Shashmaqom she means the classical genre and pieces that are mainly played and taught in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. At the same time, she investigate the transverse nay, researchs its most representative repertoire within the tradition of Shashmaqom from experts in the field, as well as its history and nowadays practice. In her research design, she mixes situational analysis with artistic research through improvisation, electroacoustic composition, field research and interviews.

She is guided by the question of how a Western-trained instrumentalist can approach Shashmaqom and the tradition of nola and blend it with Western contemporary music in a balanced and respectful way.

Renata Kambarova on learning Uzbek nay

Kai Ginkel
Popular Music and the Rise of Populism in Europe
Kai Ginkel (senior researcher) and others

The interdisciplinary research project Popular Music and the Rise of Populism in Europe (2019-2022, funding amount €971,000, project number 94 754) was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation in the funding series of "Challenges for Europe". In this project, an international team of researchers examine the use, role and structure of popular music in populist movements in five European countries. They aim to rectify the negligence of music in the study of populist movements by examining popular music as one central element of the cultures of populism.
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Noise – Klang zwischen Musik und Lärm: Zu einer Praxeologie des Auditiven
Kai Ginkel (doctoral thesis)

When does sound become music, when is it experienced as mere noise? What social practices are behind this? 'Noise', a genre of sound and music production that is characterized by a focus on harsh sound, is ideal for investigating the social construction of musical meaning. Kai Ginkel investigates this by bringing sociology, ethnography, and sound studies into dialogue with each other. His study emphasises embodiment, space, confrontational practices, and tacit knowledge.
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Embodying Expression, Gender Charisma is funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF as project PEEK AR 749-G and is located at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Austria. The project has a runtime of forty months starting in August 2022.