BIOGRAPHY

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 working on a oscillate between human behaver and human clothes creating unusual daily sounds and unknown creatures. 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 a freelance 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.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

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

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

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 

 

MORE EXPERIENCE

2019 Giving lecture and workshop for young musicians from the City of Yaoundé in the third edition of the Cameroon International Festival of Performance Art in Yaoundé and in the university city of Soa. The theme of this third edition of "Perform'Action Live Art" is "Art and Ecology": Performance Art against Pollution". Yaoundé and Soa, Cameroon.

2016 member of the Artist society ‘Sidegunde’, Latvia

2016 Singing and movement teacher at Latvian Society of the Blind, in the educational program 'Feelings that sound in Darkness’ (Riga, Latvia 2016);

2014 Musical Theatre’s program. Riga, Latvia.

2015 Leading teachers workshop ’professional qualification development courses 'Performance Skills of Contemporary Music for Singers', Ventspils College of Music. Ventspils, Latvia

2013 Rapporteur 'Performance Skills of Contemporary Music for Singers' in International Young Scientist Conference. Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy, Riga, Latvia

2013 Singing teacher at workshop `Guitar session 2013`. Madona, Latvia

2011 Singing teacher at `LJA Jūrskola` Riga, Latvia

2012 Singing teacher at workshop `Guitar session 2012`. Madona, Latvia

2011 Singing teacher assistant for choir `Fortius`.

2008 Music teacher at Riga Waldorfschoole. Riga, Latvia

2009 Singing teacher studio `Performing Art School

 

FESTIVALS 

2019 Cameroon International Festival of Performance Art. Yaoundé and Soa, Cameroon.

2019 Improvisation Zoom In festival. Bern, Switzerland.

2019 Museum Night. St. Gallen, Switzerland.

2019 ACT performance festival. Zürich, Switzerland.

2019 ACT performance festival. Basel, Switzerland.

2019 ACT performance festival. Lausanne, Switzerland.

2018 Festival der Künste. Bern, Switzerland.

2018 ACT performance festival. Bern, Switzerland. 

2018 ACT performance festival. Basel, Switzerland. 

2018 ACT performance festival. Geneva, Switzerland. 

2018 ACT performance festival. Sierra, Switzerland. 

2018 D'Excentricités IX festival, Besançon, France.

2017 Shnit short film festival. Bern, Switzerland.

2014 Saulkrasti Jazz festival. Saulkrasti, Latvia.

EXHIBITIONS 

2019 Vernissage `hier einschlagen brises la vitre rompere il vetro smash glass here`. Bern, Switzerland.

2019 Video instelation `between clothes` by Ilmārs Šterns and Zoë Gordon at exhibition hier einschlagen brises la vitre rompere il vetro smash glass here` Schwabstrasse 10 exhibition. Bern, Switzerland.

2018 Performance `Wolf piece` Gianni Vasari and Markus Waber exhibition `Feuer fangen! ` Museum Rehmann. Laufenburg, Switzerland.

2018 Performance `Stern_Act_IV_Duet exhibition 'Etwas ist nicht, wie ich es mir vorstelle' HKB. Bern, Switzerland.

2017 Prize of Gederts Eliass for reflection of the country theme in the Latvian painting. Jelgava, Latvia. 

2017 Painting `System` SEB Bank Scholarship for Painting. Riga, Latvia.

2016 Photo exhibition ‘Londoners’, project ‘Passing By’. Jieyang (China), London (United Kingdom), Riga (Latvia), Barcelona (Spain).

2015 Painting exhibition 'Water colours’ Dad Cafe. Riga, Latvia. 

LAB/RESIDENCY

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

2019 Workshop `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 at festival République Géniale. Bern, Switzerland.

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

SCHOLARSHIPS 

Cultural Capital Foundation of State scholarship for Interdisciplinary project 'Studies in Bern University of the Arts' 2019; 

Swiss-European Mobility Programme scholarship for the year 2017/2018;

the Cultural Capital Foundation of State scholarship for ‘Creative Journey’ in Interdisciplinary project 'Creative journey to Bern University of the Arts’, 2017.

AWARDS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

the first place in the Acoustic festival ‘Silver Gull`, 2016 (Liepupe, Latvia);

the Certificate of `Performance for charity for Ulubele animals`, 2016 (London, United Kingdom);

the appreciation acknowledgment for leading teachers, professional qualification development course 'Performance Skills of Contemporary Music for Singers’, 2015 (Ventspils College of Music, Latvia);

the appreciation acknowledgment for an investment in teaching the new generation of jazz musicians in Latvia, Latvian National Center of Culture, 2014 (Riga, Latvia);

the appreciation acknowledgment for an investment in teaching the new generation of jazz musicians in Latvia, Festival 'Saulkrasti Jazz, 2014 (Saulkrasti, Latvia).

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT

2019/2020 Project `HKB geht an Land` (Interlaken, Switzerland)

2017 Concert program `Balti galdauti, baltas domas` at city Riga anniversary. Riga, Latvia.

2016 Scenography at Latvian Blind society . Project 'Feelings in the darkness’. Riga, Latvia.

2016 Vizual art masterclass, organisation for Latvian Blind society at Ventspils. Ventspils, Latvia.

2015 Professional qualification development courses 'Performance Skills of Contemporary Music for Singers', Ventspils College of Music. Ventspils, Latvia.

2013 Concert program `IR mūzikli IR dziedātāji`, for Ventspils College of Music students. Ventspils, Latvia

2013 Concert program `Domas zem sniega klusumā` for Ventspils College of Music students. Ventspils, Latvia

2012 Concert program `Christmas without electricity`for Ventspils College of Music students. Ventspils, Latvia

 

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