Sonic Agency – Listening Session IV

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Thursday, 21. March


at Ve.sch (Gumpendorferstrasse 95, 1060 Wien) – Free Entry

🌿 Premiering the contributions of Stine Janvin, Sara Persico, Nerve & Kutin, Schirin

🌿 Live DJ-sets by DJ Hauswein, Demian Kern

Open discussion moderated by Pedra Costa, Samo Zeichen & Shilla Strelka

Guest: Peter Kutin

* All contributions released via our Website & Soundcloud


The Berlin-based sound artist, vocalist, and DJ Sara Persico started experimenting on the fringes of Naples’s fiery underground noise scene, developing a technique integrating her voice with analogue electronics, field recordings, and samples, while finishing her academic music studies.

Sara presented her work in festival and clubs such as Ballroom Blitz Beirut, CTM Festival, Nyege Nyege, Ormside Projects, Roter Salon, Berghain Kantine, documenta fifteen, schiev, Dancity Festival among others. As improviser and performer, she has collaborated with a wide spectrum of artists, joining Evelyn Saylor’s vocal ensemble for Caterina Barbieri’s acclaimed “light-years” show at Rewire Festival and London’s Southbank Centre, and worked on projects alongside Elvin Brandhi, Chrisman, The Ex’s Andy Moor, Tony Elieh, Ludwig Wandinger, Dirar Kalash and many others.



Vocalist, performer and sound artist Stine Janvin (NO) works with the extensive flexibility of her voice in relation to visual elements such as costume and lighting, as well as audio spatialization and the ways in which this can be used to channel physicality of sound, tangibility and trigger sensory response. Often inspired by electronic music genres, folk music and pop culture, Janvin creates audio visual works and live performances for a variety of spaces such as theaters, clubs and art galleries, and more recently websites and digital platforms.



Steve Hui, known as Nerve, is a multidisciplinary artist with training in contemporary classical composition and roots in the rave scene. He hacks into the existing music system by mixing art forms, crossing boundaries and experimenting with traditions. His practice transcends the boundaries between music, sound art, multimedia theatre and underground culture. His major works include the trance installation opera Somnium, the documentary opera Songs of Portrait in collaboration with Cheuk Cheung, the cinematic opera 1984, and the digital opera The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. He is a co-operator of experimental art organisation Twenty Alpha, a lecturer of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, a resident of Hong Kong Community Radio, and a fellow of Asian Cultural Council in New York. He has performed at festivals such as CTM Berlin, LUFF Lausanne, playfreely Singapore and Sónar Hong Kong.


Peter Kutin works with sound across genres. His pieces have been exhibited, commissioned, performed, screened or discussed at various notable occasions and venues across the globe. He has composed and written music / sonic-environments for film, theatre, performance, ensembles, contemporary dance, radio. His interest in moving image expanded beyond music, having also developed and directed a series of experimental short films and multimedial-scenarios. He received several awards, scholarships and residencies; For the composition Desert Bloom, a cooperation with the german composer Christina Kubisch & Kutin’s long time collaborator Florian Kindlinger, the trio received the prestigious Karl-Szucka award in 2016. In 2019 he received the Prix Ars-Elctronica for his kinetic sound-sculpture Torso#1.



The DJ, producer and artist Schirin was considered one of the hottest underground DJs in the city before she moved to Berlin a few years ago. Her hardcore techno-oriented mixes feature hardstyle, trance and gabber and are always on the edge.


DJ HAUSWEIN live dj-set

DJ Hauswein is Zahra Khan, an Irish/Pakistani artist and DJ based in Vienna. She’s the promoter of the Common Contact events in Vienna and NYC, Vice-Chairwoman and co-curator at Echo Correspondence in Vienna and founding member of the I’ve Got My Period collective. Musically, her roots are in hip hop culture, but she has become a frontrunner for discovering and supporting current and emerging club genres as the years have gone by. Hauswein avidly follows the evolution of and movements within these forms on virtual platforms as well as at performance locations where the true action happens. When she steps up you can expect chaos – boundary-pushing, hip-thrusting, smut-spitting sounds to no end and plenty of surprises.


DEMIAN KERN live dj-set

Demian Kern lives and works in Vienna. He studied at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee with Ralf Ziervogel and Nine Budde and at the Art Centre Pasadena with Stan Douglas, Laura Owens and Bruce Hainley.

PEDRA COSTA co-moderation

Pêdra Costa (they/she) is a ground breaking, formative Brazilian, Visual & Urban Anthropologist, Performer and Tarot Reader based in Berlin that utilizes intimacy to connect with collectivity. They work with their body to create fragmented epistemologies of queer communities within ongoing colonial legacies. Their work aims to decode violence and transform failure whilst tapping into the powers of resilient knowledge from a plethora of subversive ancestralities and spiritualities that have been integral anti-colonial and necropolitical survival.