Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN’s practice repurposes found or decontextualised analogue devices to investigate the connections between light and sound in the form of contemplative installations and performances. He repairs and modifies tools from our analogue past: oscilloscopes, early game consoles, analogue video mixers, and lasers.
He graduated in Nuclear Physics at the University of Trieste, completed the master Art Science Technologies with Jean Claude Risset, obtained a PhD degree at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven with Armin Kohlrausch, and graduated in Electronic Music at the Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatory of Den Haag. He worked for Texas Instruments, Philips Research, and Auro Technologies creating software for their audio applications.
Photo by Erin McKinney
Ed Osborn works with many forms of electronic media including installation, video, sound, and performance. He has presented his work at SFMOMA (San Francisco, CA), the singuhr-hörgalerie (Berlin, Germany), the Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), Artspace (Sydney, Australia), the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia), ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), Kiasma (Helsinki, Finland), MassMOCA (North Adams, MA), the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), and the Sonic Arts Research Centre (Belfast, Northern Ireland).
Osborn has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Creative Work Fund, and Arts International and been awarded residencies from the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Het Apollohuis (Eindhoven, Netherlands), STEIM (Amsterdam), and EMPAC (Troy, NY).
He is Associate Professor of Visual Art and Music at Brown University (Providence, RI).
Photo by Arvid Tomayko
Hüma Utku is back at EMS. Born and raised in Istanbul and based in Berlin, she is an electronic music composer and sound artist. Utku combines her musical practice with her academic studies in psychology through her works drawing inspiration from human condition, psychology and folklore.
With an overall disregard for genres, she utilises melody and sound as tools for storytelling. Since 2016 Utku has been touring across Europe and the Middle east extensively.
Her 2018 EP release Şeb-i Yelda and her 2019 debut album Gnosis, through Karlrecords, earned Utku recognition for her unique approach of storytelling through electronic music.
In 2021, she was selected as a SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe) artist.
During her time in Stockholm, she will be working at EMS periodically in November/December.
Photo by Giorgia Malatrasi
Kerstin Möller is a multi-disciplinary artist rooted in sound art, audio-visual research, visual arts, installation and expanded choreographic practice. Her sound work is exploring sounds found in cities, often produced by various infrastructures she encounters, synthesising natural phenomena, beat making, her voice and the practice of prepared piano, oscillating between sonic poetry and infrastructure blues. She performs her music in her audio-visual research installations and produces as part of her choreographic practice. She currently explores the intertwined aesthetics and cultures of geopolitical relations, climate change and materialities, with a special focus on the planetary hydrosphere and Cryosphere, land rights and ecological research as well as water’s role in shaping geopolitical and social relations.
In 2020 she co-founded Embrace Platform, a nomadic arts platform supporting structures of care and awareness around themes of gender equality, LGBTQIA+ and non-binary identities, human rights and means of peaceful resistance.