BIOGRAPHY (resume)

Ilmārs Šterns (*1989, Riga) is a Sound Performance Artist and the Voice teacher. He lives and works in Bern, Switzerland. He received his BFA/MFA from the Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy and MFA from the Art Academy of Latvia (Riga), his latest MFA from Bern University of the Arts (Switzerland). Recent projects include in 2020 GEDOK-Forum Gallery, “Sound and Ecology”, audio-visual soundscape installation at Karlsruhe, Germany, Lecture-Performance “The imitation of sound in experimental voice and composition”, Pakt-Bern “music-go-round#1”, Switzerland, in 2019 performing and giving lecture and workshop for young musicians from the City of Yaoundé at Cameroon International Festival of Performance Art, supported by Pro Helvetia, and La Fête de la Danse, collaboration performance with Melanie Gobet “The Big Wind Blow”,  Freiburg, Switzerland. 

 

He is currently focus on sound creation using clothes as an instrument discover specific sounds and performance characteristics of garment then imitating and camouflage with his voice and gestures, moreover questioning cloth consciousness. Through the simultaneity of the sound created by the movement of textiles and the voice, which not only imitates it but also comments on it, underscores or covers it up, we perceive a fusion as well as a contradiction. This changing perception reflects our complex and controversial. 

 

In summer 2019 Ilmārs spend time in residency at Griessner Stadl in Stadl An Der Mur, Steiermark, Austria. In 2016 he win the first place in the Baltic Acoustic festival ‘Silver Gull`. In the 2014 he recive “the appreciation acknowledgment for an investment in teaching the new generation of jazz musicians in Latvia“ from Latvian National Center of Culture. Ilmārs is an educator giving lessons and leading lecture-performance-workshops. He is currently working as Director’s Andrea Gohl assistant at Hochschule der Künste Bern and leading and developing project inside of “HKB geht an Land” in city Interlaken, Switzerland.

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PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

 

2017 - 2020  MA, Contemporary Arts Practice, Bern University of the Arts. Bern, Switzerland

Thesis: “Performance Documentation and Documents”.

2016 - 2018   MA, Audio-Visual Art Department, Stage Designer
, Art Academy of Latvia. Riga,Latvia

2008 - 2014  BA, MA, Contemporary music, singing teacher, Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy. Riga, Latvia

Thesis: “Performance Skills of Contemporary Music for Singers”.

 

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WORK EXPERIENCE

2018 – 2020 Director’s Andrea Gohl assistant. Hochschule der Künste Bern’. Bern, Switzerland

2015 - 2017 Contemporary singing teacher, Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy. Riga, Latvia

2013 - 2015 Contemporary singing teacher, Ventspils College of Music, Ventspils, Latvia 

 

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AWARDS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (selection)

International Prize, first place. Baltic Acoustic Music Festival “Silver Gull”, Liepupe, Latvia. 2016.

 

The appreciation acknowledgment for leading teachers, professional qualification development course “Performance Skills of Contemporary Music for Singers”. Ventspils College of Music. Ventspils, Latvia. 2015.

The appreciation acknowledgment for an investment in teaching the new generation of jazz musicians in Latvia. Latvian National Centre of Culture. Riga, Latvia. 2014.

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FESTIVALS  (selection)

2020 Festival "Common Ground",

virtual solo performance “Perf. No. 002/2020”, Contemporary Arts Practice, Bern, Switzerland. Link

2019 The Cameroon International Festival of Performance Art,

"Art and Ecology": Performance Art against Pollution", Yaoundé, Cameroon. LinkDocumentation

2019 Zoom in, solo performance, Festival for improvised music, Bern, Switzerland. LinkPressDocumentation

2019 Musikfestival Bern, collective performance „Das Raunen der Dinge”, Bern, Switzerland. LinkDocumentation

2019 - Museum Night, solo performance “Perf. No. 007/2018”, St.  Gallen, Switzerland. LinkDocumentation

2019 ACT Performance Festival, Solo performance “Perf. No. 004/2019”, Zürich, Switzerland. Link

2019 La Fête de la Danse, collaboration performance with Melanie Gobet “The Big Wind Blow”,  Freiburg, Switzerland. LinkDocumentation

2018 D’Excentricités IX Festival, solo performance, Besançon, France. LinkDocumentation

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EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2020 GEDOK-Forum Gallery, “Sound and Ecology”, audio-visual soundscape installation, Karlsruhe, Germany. Link

2019 CAP Exhibition Gallery “hier einschlagen brises la vitre rompere il vetro smash glass here”, 

collaboration video installation with Zoë Gordon, Bern, Switzerland.

2018 Museum Rehmann, “Feuer fangen!”, collaboration performance with Gianni Vasari, Laufenburg, Switzerland.

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LEAD CONFERENCE / LECTURE / WORKSHOP (selection)

2020 Lecture-Performance “The imitation of sound in experimental voice and composition”, Pakt-Bern “music-go-round#1”. Bern, Switzerland. Link

2019 Lecture-workshop “Soundscape Ecology” for young musicians, Cameroon International Festival of Performance Art. Yaoundé and Soa, Cameroon.

2015 Leading the teachers’ professional qualification development courses “Performance  Skills of Contemporary Music for Singers”, Ventspils College of Music. Ventspils, Latvia. Link

2013/2014 Rapporteur “Performance Skills of Contemporary Music for Singers”, International Young Scientist Conference, Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy. Riga, Latvia.

Publication: “Performance Skills of Contemporary Music for Singers”. 9th International Young Scientist Conference 2014. Riga, Latvia. RPIVA 2014

 

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PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT (selection)

2019/2020 Developing “Post-auto Orchestra” project in framework of “HKB geht an Land”. Interlaken, Switzerland. Link

 

2017 Managing concert program “White tablecloths, white thought” at capital city of Latvia anniversary. Riga, Latvia. Link

 

2016 Managing and developing “Feelings in the darkness” at Latvian Blind society. Riga, Latvia.

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GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia grant for Interdisciplinary research project –The Cameroon International Festival of Performance Art, with theme „Art and Ecology: Performance Art against Pollution”. 2019. Link

Cultural Capital Foundation of State scholarship for 'Creative Journey' in Interdisciplinary project 'Studies in Bern University of the Arts'. 2017 – 2019.

Swiss-European Mobility Program scholarship for the two semesters. 2017/2018.

 

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LAB/RESIDENCY (selection)

2019 Residency `Open Opera Stadl` at Griessner Stadl. Stadl An Der Mur, Steiermark, Austria.

2019 Workshop/LAB `Human Voice` at Roy Hart International Arts Center. Chateau de Malérargues, Thoiras, France.

2019 Choreography Lab for Yung audience by RESO. Support by ProHelvetia. Montey, Switzerland.

2018 Choreography Lab for Yung audience by RESO. Support by ProHelvetia. Brig, Switzerland.

2018 Performance art workshop `A Common Copy Shop` by Nicolas Y Galeazzi at Kunstmuseum Bern, 

festival République Géniale. Bern, Switzerland.

2017 Performance art workshop`Paper Club` at Bauhaus. Dessau, Germany.