Felix Gerloff – Junior Researcher

Felix Gerloff (*1986) is junior researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures within the research project Machine Love? Creativity Cultures in Underground Electronic Music and Software Engineering and PhD candidate at the Humboldt-University Berlin.

He graduated in 2013 as Magister Artium (M.A.) at the Humboldt-University’s Institut für Kulturwissenschaft (Institute for Cultural History & Theory). His PhD project focuses on the interrelation of creativity cultures in software development with material infrastructures of work and economical modes of production. He strives to understand the ways in which media, epistemic practices, and the formation of culture constitute each other. His interests include sound studies with special regard to sonic modes of thinking and reasoning, games and ludic practices, and the history of grammatextuality and typography.

In the past years Felix gave project-oriented courses on the study of popular music culture and computer games from the perspective of Kulturwissenschaft. Since 2011 he is organizing a public lecture series KlangDenken (sound thinking) in collaboration with Sebastian Schwesinger, Carla Maier and Holger Schulze’s Sound Studies Lab. His work includes further project management and curating for the C60/Collaboratorium for Cultural Practice at the junction of urban development, academic knowledge production, and contemporary arts. Felix works in close collaboration with Sebastian Schwesinger of the research cluster Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory (Berlin) and always aspires to combine academic research productively with practical projects, dialogue and evaluation.

Publications

Journal Articles

Auditive Medien als Reservoir epistemischer Werkzeuge [Auditory Media as Reservoir of Epistemic Tools], forthcoming, in: Volmar, Axel/Schlüter, Bettina (ed.): Von akustischen Medien zur auditiven Kultur? Zum Verhältnis von Medienwissenschaft und Sound Studies, Navigationen, 15/2 2015.

Contributions to Edited Volumes

Abmeier, Angela/Bajohr, Hannes (2011, eds.): Peter. Weiss. Briefe an Henriette Itta Blumenthal, Berlin 2011. (collaborative editing project)

Talks / Presentations

Testing Hearing & Measuring Noise. Inventing the Decibel w/ Sebastian Schwesinger, forthcoming, Berlin, December 2015: Testing Hearing: Science, Art, Industry

Sonic Materialism? Der epistemische Zugriff auf die materielle Dimension von Klang [Sonic Materialism? The Epistemic Approach to the Material Dimension of Sound] w/ Sebastian Schwesinger, Lüneburg, February 2015: Treueschwur und Realitätsverlust. Phasen und Dispositive auditiver Medienkultur

From thinking sound to sound thinking. A “Kulturwissenschaft” approach to the sonic within culture w/ Sebastian Schwesinger, Copenhagen, June 2014: Sound Studies. Mapping the Field. Second Conference of the European Sound Studies Association

Remixen. ccMixter als klangkulturelles Dispositiv [Remixing. ccMixter as Dispositive in Sonic Culture] w/ Sebastian Schwesinger, Graz, June 2014: Auditive Wissenskulturen. Das Wissen klanglicher Praxis

“Wir tanzen wie Maschinen, im Rhythmus der Maschinen”. Die Materialität des Klanglichen im Detroit Techno als Disponent prototypischer emotionaler Erfahrungen der Clubkultur [“Wir tanzen wie Maschinen, im Rhythmus der Maschinen”. The Materiality of the Sonic in Detroit Techno as Dispositive of Prototypical Emotional Experiences Within Club Culture] w/ Sebastian Schwesinger, Berlin, April 2014: Sounds, Klänge, Töne – Zur klanglichen Dimension von Musik und ihrer emotionalen Bedeutung und Wahrnehmung

KlangDenken: Auditive Medien als Reservoir epistemischer Werkzeuge [Sound Thinking. Auditory Media as Reservoir of Epistemic Tools] w/ Sebastian Schwesinger, Bonn, January 2014: Von akustischen Medien zur auditiven Kultur? Zum Verhältnis von Medienwissenschaft und Sound Studies

Teaching

2009/10, Institute for Cultural History & Theory, Humboldt-University Berlin, Let’s talk about… Pop Music! (w/ Sebastian Schwesinger)

2012/13, Institute for Cultural History & Theory, Humboldt-University Berlin, Computer Games as Cultural Phenomena (w/ Jürgen Bischoff & Moritz Wessing)