Photo: Christina Marx
Ute Wassermann has studied visual arts (sound installation, performance art) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg and singing at the University of California, San Diego. She tours the world as an improviser and realises audiovisual voice performances/installations and compositions for soloists and ensembles. At the core of her research is an ongoing and uncompromised exploration of her voice. Her methods of extending and alienating the voice include the use of bird whistles, lo-fi electronics, resonators, field recordings and different types of microphones. Her performances engage with everyday objects or self invented instruments for voice which can take shape as acoustic costumes. She performs with Jaap Blonk, Isabelle Duthoit, John Butcher, Sabine Ercklentz and Sabine Vogel amongst others. Composers including Chaya Czernowin, Karen Power and Raed Yassin have written especially for her voice.