Artistic direction & Libretto; Clarinet & Theory-performance: Ingrid Hoelzl
Ingrid Hoelzl aka General Arka, born 1979 in Vienna, Austria, is a media and cultural theorist, performance artist and experimental musician based in Hamburg, Germany where she is working as an independent scholar, performer and artistic director of General Humanity.
She holds a Diploma in Fine Arts/Visual Culture Studies from the University of the Arts Berlin with a video work on image futures/future images and a PhD in Media Anthropology from the Humboldt University Berlin with a work on the theory of photographic self-portraiture taking the example of African artist Samuel Fosso. Her theory-performance approach that she developed over the recent years integrates image- and cultural theory, concept-improvisation and performance, sound and movement, aiming at a multidimensional practice of “being with” the a/biotic community Earth.
While based in Hong Kong as Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media (2013-17) she was the founding member of AGE / Algorithmic Glitch Ensemble and Archetype Ensemble and member of the artist space Floating Projects where she organized, among others, the performance event Interspecies Musicking (2017) in which dancers, musicians, performers, air conditioners, and primate voices formed a “general ecology” of expression.
As a Visiting Scholar/Artist at Central European University Budapest (2017/18) she founded, together with theorist/poet Remi Marie and dancer/performer Emese Kovacs, General Humanity, a transdisciplinary lab for postanthropocentric theory-performance. Uniting a fluctuating team of philosophers, performers, musicians and dancers the lab functions online as a blog and on-scene in the form of experimental workshop/performances: IN THE MOOD FOR MUD (2018), an “action-dance” performance based on Donna Haraway’s concept of “stringfigures”, was developed for and presented at Három Hóllo, Budapest. As a Marie-Curie Fellow at the transdisciplinary think tank Collegium Helveticum (2018/19) Ingrid wrote and directed POSTIMAGE OPERAAAHHH!!! (2019), an experimental opera envisioning the image as an interspecies “resonance” and “dance”.
Ingrid has performed at experimental venues and festivals in Asia and Europe, including the Kill the Silence / LUFF does Hong Kong: DEATH & RENEWAL Festival (May 2016) and THE BOOK OF DAUGHTERS Touring Festival (April 2017). She has collaborated with experimental musicians and dancers such as Georgia Hoppe (DE), Emese Kovacs (HU), Chris Jäger (CH), Lars Akerlund (SE), Aron Porteleki (HU), Alfia Nakipbekova (UK), Jonathan Zorn (US), Caligine aka DJ Kimchi (TW), Lee Shi-Yang (TW), Liu Fangyi (TW), Dennis Wong (HK), William Lane (HK), Wilmer Chan (HK), Takayuki Kato (JP), and Yoshimoto Yumiko (JP). Recent recordings include Tu m’ (sonnes les cloches) (2018), Dissident Musicking (2018), a collaboration with Japanese and Hungarian musicians, Frog People (2017), a collaboration with Romer’s Tree Frogs, and Suite Taiwaniana (2017), a collaboration with Taipei-based musicians.
Since early 2000, Ingrid is based in Hamburg, Germany where she is active as a member of the dfdk (Dachverband für darstellende Künste) and a board member of the VAMH (Verein für aktuelle Musik Hamburg). Together with her VAMH board colleagues she launched “Online Musicking” to promote the work of Hamburg-based musicians and performers during the Corona cultural shutdown. She is also the initiator of the LIVING ROOM CONCERTS series held in irregular intervals at private and semi-private locations in Hamburg. General Humanity Lab 4: ANIMAL ANCESTOR (2020) has taken place as the closing event of the Blurred Edges Festival 2020 on 29 October 2020. The scene HUMANS MUST GO! has been pre-released as an audio piece within VAMH “Online Musicking” (July 2020).
Besides her work as the artistic director of General Humanity she collaborates with other researchers in the thematic field of Sound – Movement – (transspecies) Community. Currently she is developing a research project titled Resonance and corporeal „being together“ as resilience in Kollaboration mit Brandon LaBelle (Errant Sound, Berlin/Univ. Bergen) & Ursina Tossi (Hamburg).
Dramaturgy, Poetry: Remi Marie
Remi Marie is an independent writer and visual artist, co-founder and editor of the French online journal Art Debout and founding and permanent member of General Humanity as a dramaturg and poet. Remi has collaborated to General Humanity Lab 1 (2018), 2 (2019), and 3 (2020). He will continue to do so for General Humanity Lab 4 and 5 (2021).
After an M.A. in physics from the University Paris VI and a D.E.A. in Aesthetics from the University Vincennes Saint-Denis (Paris 8) he turned to visual arts and poetry before taking up experimental literature. His work has been shown in museum, galleries, and theaters (Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris; Public, Paris; Theatre Durance, Chateau-Arnoud; Montevideo, Marseille, etc.) and published in reviews (Grumeaux, Fusees, Nioques, Action Restreinte, Boxon, Le Quartanier, Dernier Telegramme, Journal des Lointains). His experimental autofiction, JE, published with Leo Scheer, Paris in 2010, was enthusiastically reviewed by renowned contemporary writer and critic Nathalie Quintane (Sitaudis). He has worked as a set designer for independent theatre and film with directors such as Michael Lonsdale, Léos Carax, Suzanne Schifman, Peter Brook and Catherine Dasté, and as a videaste for choreographers such as Alain Michard, Mark Tompkins, George Apaix. In 2016, he co-founded the French online journal Art Debout dedicated to contemporary issues in art and politics and where he recently published on the imbrication of ecofeminism and queer theory and on viral critique.
Composition; reeds, mini-electronics: Georgia Ch. Hoppe
Georgia Ch. Hoppe is a freelance musician, playing the entire range of saxophones and clarinets as well as all sort hybrid reed instruments. In addition to e-guitar and ukulele -prepared or pure- she is composing and arranging. Hoppe is part of General Humanity from ANIMAL ANCESTOR onwards for which she created a hybrid loop-composition soundtrack for the scene “humanimal”.
Hoppe studied jazz composition/arranging with Dieter Glawischnig and holds a doctorate in musicology on expanded techniques for reed instruments from the University Hamburg (1989). She has taught at the Universities of Oldenburg and Hamburg, has worked for theatre and film, for instance with Johann Kresnik, Axel Manthey, and Fatih Akin, and has collaborated with actors Michael Altmann and Nina Petri. Georgia is a long-time member of TonArt Ensemble and the brass band Tuten & Blasen, and founded ther own ensemble ensemble “purple pool”. Projects include: “Des Mondes Zauberschein” (Klangzümbaal after Arno Schmidt, together with Michael Altmann), Thalia; “Der Eisenofen” (emotional trash concert after the Brothers Grimm), Theater N.N.; “Gesellschaft” (Samuel Beckett): sound piece with Michael Altmann, Thalia; “Wellen.Wellen” (double concert with TonArt Ensemble), Monsuntheater; music for the radio piece “HEIMLICH” by Matthias Wittekind (NDR, Alexander Schumacher, direction); “Looking for Someone” with Nina Petri (acting/voice), Wolfgang Stockmann (direction), and the band femmes heureuses (musical direction)., Arranging live music for silent movies Miss Nobody, Aelita, My Grandmother (Metropolis Kino 2016, 2017, 2019).
Hoppe has repeatedly initiated cross-scene series of free improvisation: 2007-2013 Die Nacht der Nächte, 2011-2019 karo shopping music, since 2018 Die Dicke Trompete (all female improvisers, together with Krischa Weber).
Naturalismo is one of the many aliases of Gabriele de Seta, a media anthropologist, artist and experimental musician. He holds a PhD in sociology from the Polytechnical University Hong Kong and is currently based in Bergen where he works as a postdoc at the Digital Culture Unit of the University of Bergen researching digital folklore and media practices in mainland China.
From 2007-2017 he ran the experimental label Monstres par Excès and in April 2020 he released his album Elegie on Sotajazz, the first installment in the label’s Death Series. Elegie consists of three compositions for recently deceased artists, the first of which, L’Ultima Fossa (“the last ditch”), is a slow ambient dirge for Zev Asher (1963-2013). De Seta (aka Caligine) and Ingrid Hoelzl (aka Arkajolie) have met in Hong Kong in 2015 and collaborated since then; they co-founded AEG (Algorithmic Glitch Ensemble) and performed in various locations and constellations. In 2015, they recorded the album Elongation together with Wilmer Chan.
Poetry-Performance, Tai Ji, Qi Gong: Bianca Hein
Bianca Hein, born 1984 in Gelsenkirchen, studied German language, art history and musicology at the University of Marburg, and Fine Arts / Visual Communication at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK). Thereafter she worked as an independent performer, toured through Europe with experimental band projects and taught Kung Fu and Tai ji. For Holger Potocki she designed the stage vor the parody of “Das Wirtshaus im Spessart”; with Anna Vila (Barcelona) she developed during her engagement at Nordharzer Städtebundtheater in the synagogie Halberstadt the dance piece “Ich schweige nicht” about the fate of two Jewish girls during the Holocaust. 2018 she wrote and directed together with Michael Haller “BEAUTYLAND”. Recent works also include HOMO Safari and Deathdrive / Chemnitzprotokolle.
Hein is part of General Humanity from ANIMAL ANCESTOR onwards for which he has created the method of “mind loosenings” based on Five Animal Qi Gong.
Soprano, Performance: Marcia Lemke-Kern
Marcia Lemke-Kern is one of Germany’s most versatile sopranos, her repertoire ranging from mediaeval music to contemporary opera. After studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater and the Centre de la musique mediévale de Paris, she formed the duo con:Fusion with her husband and composer Sascha Lino Lemke. Together they won the first prize of the European Promoters of New Music at the Gaudeamus Competition in 2007. This launched the duo into a series of concerts touring Europe with programmes for soprano with live-electronics. Marcia has since made a name of herself in the contemporary music scene, appearing with ensembles such as Lux Nova Duo, Ensemble Effusions, decoder, the Non-Piano Ensemble and Radar Ensemble. Many composers have dedicated new works to her and to her ensembles, including Simon Steen-Andersen, Catalina Rueda, Christian Wolff, Benjamin Helmer, Manfred Stahnke, Georg Hajdu, Peter Köszeghy, René Mense, Daniel Moreira and Neele Hülcker.
Parallel to this Marcia founded the ensemble Trobar e Cantar, which has a large repertoire of newly rediscovered music from the mediaeval and Renaissance eras. The ensemble recorded three CDs, the last of which, de:fine amour (Paschen Records) was nominated for an International Classical Music Award. Her operatic work includes creations of Dirk Schattner (Sein Engel), Sascha Lino Lemke (Himmelsmüll), Ernst Bechert (Der Schmutz), and Michael Maierhof (Sodom und Gomorrah). Her voice (English/German) is also featured in experimental films and radio plays. Marcia holds seminars and workshops for the Chartered Institute of Linguistics, London, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, and the Institut für Musik at the Fachhochschule Osnabrück.
Percussion: Chad Charles Popple
Chad Charles Popple, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began drumming at age 5, vibraphone at age 16 and North Indian Tabla at age 20. Chad relocated to Hamburg in 1998 following a European tour with his band Colossamite. He is also member of the bands Gorge Trio, Hosho and Powerdove, among others. His Solo percussion record A Popple People was released on Joyful Noise Recordings in 2018. He has earned the title Miruthanga Kalajothy from the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka with a diploma in mridangam.
Chad is part of General Humanity from ANIMAL ANCESTOR onwards and has collaborated to the audio version of the scene Humans Must Go! released in July 2020.
Dance, Choreography: Emese Kovacs
Emese Kovács, born 1991 in Békéscsaba, Hungary, is a dancer, performer, and choreographer. She is founding and permanent member of the multidisciplinary site-sensitive company Ziggurat Project and of General Humanity and has been involved in all General Humanity labs so far.
Emese is a regular guest artist of the Czech company Orbita. After studying at Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy she received her degree at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ) in dance and movement theatre in 2016. She has cooperated with companies such as Philippe Genty Company (FR) and Zero Ballet Company (HU), choreographers such as Tereza Vejsada Leopoldová & Lukáš Leopold (CZ), Batarita (HU), Márta Ladjánszki (HU) and Greenmy Tong (HK), and musicians/composers such as Miroslav Tóth (SK), Paul Yip (HK) and Ingrid Hölzl (AUT). In 2013 she was a scholarship holder of Batarita Dance Company, since 2017 she is a member of L1 Association. In 2018 she was supported by the Zoltán Imre Program for young dancers. She has been invited to numerous residencies, most recently at CCDC Hongkong, Visegrad Fund residency at KAIR (Košice), Nástupište 1-12 (Topoľčany), Rezidance (Komařice), etc. Her long-term research interest as a maker is the objectification of the human body and the borders of “normality”.
Viola, Theory-performance: Frantz Loriot
French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot studied music in Paris with Mari Yasuda-Raclot, the Pons brothers, Nicolas Dupin, Ivry Gitlis, Yukari Tate & Pascal Robault and was brought to improvisation by Régis Huby, Joëlle Léandre, Barre Phillips, and David S. Ware. He was initiated to soundmassage by Thierry Madiot. After having lived in Paris and New York City, Frantz Loriot relocated to Zürich (Switzerland), where he is a member of the Werkstatt für Improvisierte Musik and currently completing an MA in Transdisciplinarity at the Zurich University of the Arts.
Frantz has moderated my lecture-performance Transaction as Traversal at ZhdK Zurich in April 2020 and will join PEAK HUMANITY as a violist/improviser and theorist of sonic/semantic relations drawing on the works of Eduard Glissant and Gilles Deleuze.
Frantz performs solo and is active in a number of international ensembles. He has contributed to interdisciplinary projects related to dance, image, theatre and poetry. Loriot initiated and led two large ensembles, the European Notebook Large Ensemble and the NYC based Systematic Distortion Orchestra. Active in a number of international collective ensembles, his other personal projects include: duos with Christoph Erb (saxophones), with Christian Wolfarth (percussions), trios Natura Morta – with Sean Ali (contrabass) & Carlo Costa (drums), baloni – with Joachim Badenhorst (reeds) & Pascal Niggenkemper (contrabass), quartet Der Verboten – with Antoine Chessex (tenor saxophone), Cédric Piromalli (piano) & Christian Wolfarth (percussions), the project Treffpunkt around international meetings with French pianist Cédric Piromalli. He regularly performs around the globe (Europe, USA, South America, Japan & Middle East) and has been invited to be artist in residence at the Météo – Mulhouse Music festival (2016 edition) and Moods in Zurich (December 2018). Loriot has also been commissioned to write and perform his composition with the Tel Aviv (Israel) based ensemble for new music, Musica Nova (January 2019). He occasionally organises concerts series when he has the opportunities (WIM-Hearings in Zurich, for ex.). While living in NYC, he created and curated (co-curated later on) the musical series Ze Couch in Brooklyn, and co-curated the Avant-Post series with Tonino Miano in Harlem. Both series were mainly dedicated to avant-garde/new music. Frantz appears on over 40 records released on international labels such as Peira, FMR, Sickcore, Impressus, Prom Night, Edible Onion, Komma Null, Klein, Neither/Nor, OutNow, Shhpuma, Intonema, Clean Feed, Creative Sources, Veto Exchange etc.
Chinese Translation, Recital: TSAO Yidi
TSAO Yidi is a transdisciplinary artist, curator and writer working with a diverse range of media through texts, codes, photography, video, installation, performance and happening, muddling the boundary between fiction and reality. She has worked as editor for The Art Newspaper Hong Kong, Chair of the Artist Residency Programme at ISEA2016, Hong Kong, and on various independent projects with international organisations. She received her B.A. in English Language & Literature from Hong Kong Baptist University and M.A. in Creative Media with Distinction from School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. She is currently stationed in Berlin where she has just taken up a new position as exhibition programme coordinator with TRANSMEDIALE .
Yidi has collaborated to the audio version of the scene HUMANS MUST GO! released in July 2020.
Scientific Advisor: Sébastien Dutreuil
Sebastien holds a PhD in philosophy, University Paris from the Institute for History and Philosophy of Sciences and Technology (IHPST, Paris) and a M.S. in Interdisciplinary Approaches of Life from the University Paris 7 and Paris 5 and in Geosciences from the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin and is now a full-time researcher at the Centre Gilles-Gaston Granger (CNRS/Aix-Marseille University). His research interests are Philosophy of biology, Gaia hypothesis, Environmental philosophy, Epistemo-logy of modelling, History of Earth and environmental sciences (Earth system science, biogeochemistry, geochemistry). Sebastian will be part of PEAK HUMANITY as a scientific advisor.
Costume: HO Su Pei
Supei is a sustainable fashion designer currently based in Singapore and Berlin. Founder & Maker of the sustainable womenswear label SU BY HAND focused on handmade and small batch production using ancestral dying techniques (vegetal and mineral), textile marbling, and embroidery. Supei has been involved in earlier solo projects of mine (Concerto pour la Folie, 2016, ACO Hong Kong), and will be designing the “generic toga” costumes for the team of PEAK HUMANITY.
Supei’s personal interest in sustainable fashion landed her a role as Technical Design Manager for The R Collective, a pioneering sustainable label born from NGO Redress where she also works as an educational ambassador via the presentation of talks and workshops on sustainable fashion and circular design techniques. Supei conducted educational workshops in textile marbling at The Harbor School International (HK), the HIVE, Three Keys Craft Space etc.
Theory-performance: Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira
Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira is a Brazilian writer, filmmaker and scholar. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Romanic Languages at the University Zurich (UZH) where he leads the Institute of Brazilian Studies. He is an associated scholar at the Centre for Art and Cultural Theory and of the Centre of Latin America Studies at the University of Zurich and has been a reseracher and critic for Jeu de Paume Magazine in Paris (2014). He is the author of several articles on animality and art and of the book Nuna Ramos em obras (S.o Paulo, Iluminuras, 2018), his hypothesis being that every artist changes the “skin of the world” by the images s/he creates. He is active as a film- and radiomaker in Brazil, France and Switzerland: in cooperation with Radio Lora, Zurich, he presented “Poetry on Radio” (2017), and together with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy (Paris) and Maria Filomena Molder (Lisbon) he directed the film Alegria que vem. La joie qui vient (2018, 34 min.). He also organized filmscreenings and Nuna Ramos’ opera, Monolog für einen toten Hund (Monologo para um cachorro morto) at the Cabaret Voltaire Zurich in 2017.
Eduardo has collaborated with text, voice and performance to General Humanity Lab 2, POSTIMAGE OPERAAAHHH!
Saxophone, Spinet: Jonas Labhart
Born 1980 in Zurich, Jonas Labhart is a Swiss saxophonist, composer, improviser and teacher. After studying Saxophone performance and pedagogy at Berkley College of Music and HMT Zurich, Jonas Labhart moved to New York to study Jazz Composition with Jim McNeely and Rich DeRosa. During his three year long stay he not only obtained a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition but was also a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and conducted his pieces’ world premiere for Big Band at Merkin Hall. Back in Zurich he studied classical music theory at ZhdK. Jonas lives in Zurich and performs in Switzerland, Europe and Japan with his project field*s. As a composer his work ranges from jazz arrangements for orchestra to contemporary classical works for quarter-tone trumpet. He teaches saxophone and music theory at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK and the Musikschule Zürcher Oberland. As a member of the board and president of WIM (Werkstatt für Improvisierte Musik Zürich) he helps to organise weekly concerts of improvised music.
Jonas has been part of General Humanity Lab 2, POSTIMAGE OPERAAAHHH!!! with saxophone, spinet, and voice.