(score excerpt)



Klangkörper is a non-visual performance combining a surround sound and touch choreography interacting together.


There is a choreography of touch interventions made by the performers directly on the body of the visitor (who is the primary stage of the performance); the movements of the sounds within the room (the secondary performance space) are choreographed in surround through a multi-channel speaker setup (in quadraphony).





The piece uses as a starting point a sound-touch translation process first developed for sections of Pièce Touchée no 2 (2010). Borrowing from those experiments, sound parameters (like loudness, duration, timber, pitch, energetic profile) are translated into touch parameters (pressure, duration, body location, temperature, friction, dryness/wetness etc.) and mapped on the body, proposing a "synesthetic" translation of the sound on the body of the visitor.


In Pièce Touchée no 2, the musical process explored was mostly based on a unison relationship between touch and sound. A haptic translation happened simultaneously, in synchronicity with the sounds heard. Otherwise sound or touch were performed alone, or one after the other. There were simultaneous events and counterpoint within the touch interventions and within the music, but the touch- sound relationship was basically homophonic, one of unison.


Klangkörper experiments with more complex composition devices.
 A dialogue relationship is created between sound and touch. Besides synchronous translation and silent sound translation, the pieces presents also alternating dialogues:


-touch phrases answer musical phrases, also answering locations and directions in the surround space with locations on the body (producing an antiphonic relationship).

-Sounds and touch also accompanying each other, rather than translating each other, their relationship being carefully calculated (complementing, cueing or opposing each other).

-Starting from a “translation” relationship, the sounds and their haptic translation are played in an out of sync (or in and out of phase), a compositional device known from minimalistic music.


The sound track and the haptic choreography are not meant to be two independent, self-sufficient parts. They are intertwined, have a dialogue with each other, and function only together. Touch becomes music, and the sound becomes a form of touch.



Choreography, Sound: Kenji Ouellet

Performance: Katharina Weinhuber, Kenji Ouellet



Press/Visitors comments:


“A meditative experience, where the sounds reverberate in the skin and shivers are tuned to the sound vibrations.”


“A fascinating experience combining the senses, the idea of space, listening and presence. Creates another relationship to art.”


“Something in space? An alien abduction? Felt like you were otherworldly creatures trying to tell me something”.


“At times the touch felt so connected to the music that you cannot separate (the sound) from the performer.”


“The piece establishes deep trust between complete strangers. “


“An opportunity to remember that I have a body. Thank you!”


March 14-31, 2024

Clermont-Ferrand (FR)



February 16- April 21, 2024

York Art Gallery, York (UK)

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition


November 17-25, 2023

Lublin (PL)

Lublin Film Festival 


November 14-19, 2023

Poznan (PL)

Short Waves Festival


November 8-12, 2023

York (UK)

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 


November 1-5, 2023

Berlin (DE)

Zeichen der Nacht Int. Festival 


October 27, 2023- April 21, 2024

Museum unter Tage Bochum (DE)

Die Stadt ist anderswo (group exhibition)


October 26-31, 2023

Namur (BE)

7ème Aaargh Film Festival


October 20-24, 2023 

Yerevan (ARM)

Yerevan Int. Short Film Festival


October 17-22, 2023

Halle (DE)

Monstrale Festival


October 12-14, 2023

Novi Sad (RS)



October 10, 2023

Munich (DE)



September-26 - October 1, 2023

Baku (AZE)

Dokubaku Int. Documentary Film Fest.


September 14-23, 2023

Vienna (A)

Reaktor Int. Film Festival


September 8-10, 2023

Kanazawa (JP)

Kanazawa Film Festival


August 15-20, 2023

Boulder (US)

Mimesis Documentary Festival


April 10-16, 2023

Athens (OH/US)

Athens International Film and Video Festival


February 23-25, 2023

Lincoln (UK)

Indie-Lincs Int. Film Festival


February 15-19, 2023

Milan (IT)

Innuendo Int. Film Festival


November 10-27, 2022

Granada (ES)



November 8, 2022


Cinalfama Int. Film Festival


November 1-6, 2022

York (UK)

Aesthetica Short Film Festival


October 14-16, 2022

Lund (SE)

Lund Architecture Film Festival


October 5, 2022


Tokyo Film Awards


September 6-18, 2022


L'Etrange Festival


September 1-9, 2022

Split (HR)

Split Film Festival


August 5-13, 2022

Prizren (Kosovo)



April 20-24, 2022


Filmfest Bremen


March 19+22, 2022


Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg


October 26, 2021

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

October 27, 2021

Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow)

Shnit Film Festival


October 2 - November 21, 2021

Arsenale Nord (Venice)

Arte Laguna Prize exhibition

(postponed from March 2020)


June 11, 2021 - August 15, 2021

Haus am Kleistpark (Berlin)

Deceleration (group exhibition)


March 7 - April 4, 2021

Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen)

Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition


December 18, 2020 - January 10, 2020


Back Forward Rewind

(online anniversary exhibition)


August 22, 2020 7pm Moscow time

Pushkin State Museum / WWW

Broadcast of 3 of my video works

100 ways to live a minute

(Duration: 24 hours)


Kinofilm Festival Manchester 2020 postponed to May 10-16, 2021


November 13-18, 2019

Wilmington (N.C.)

Cucalorus Film Festival


October 11, 2019


Festival C'est trop court


September 28-29, 2019


Thessaloniki Cinedance International


September 19, 2019


Filmfest Bremen


September 4-8, 2019


Bucharest Int. Dance Film Festival


May 25 - July 18, 2019

Städische Galerie Bremen

screen_spirit continued


July 8-Sept. 4, 2019


On Art Film Festival


July 24-28, 2019


Glmli Film Festival


June 28, 2019


20th Shorts Int. Film Festival

June 22, 2019


17th Signs of the Night Festival 


May 9-16, 2019


Philosophical Film Festival


October 14, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Marl Media Art Awards Exhibition skulpturenmuseum-glaskasten-marl


July-December 2018


Cast and Cut residency


December 12-16, 2018


Alternative Film/Video


November 27-30, 2018


Inshadow Festival


October 20-27, 2018


International Architecture and

Urban Films Festival


May 18 - September 30, 2018

York Art Gallery (UK)

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition