Gerriet Krishna Sharma
Soundartist, Composer
Born 05.03.1974 in Bonn.

Lives in Berlin.

mobile: (Germany) 00 49 175-244 93 00
mail: sharma (at) gksh (dot) net



Artist Statement:

All areas of my activity deal with media-linked societies, their perception and the influence and alteration of their perception by the media. To this end, I consider it inevitable that I expose myself to these environments with their apparatuses, effects and phantoms, to research them, and thus myself, to subtract a critical artistic use, in order to create a counterpoint in dealing with the usual media-induced music sound-, picture-, worlds. The fact that I have chosen for this practice from the outset and without exception sounds and their emitters, storage media and projection methods is due to my persisting fascination for the potential of the subtle compositional possibilities and the constantly problematic relationship between time, space and body within the framework of a so called (virtual-)reality of the Now.

(Interview, artist talk Reinhard Buskies with Gerriet K. Sharma, opening of the solo-exhibition "speicherlos" at Bochumer Kunstverein 13. Juli 2013).


Key aspects of activity

Sound sculpting in Ambisonics and Wave-Field Synthesis and multichannel sound compositions.
Site-specific sound installations.
Int. concerts, workshops, installations and performances at several festivals for electro acoustic music and sound art.
2010 - 2015 curator of “signale-graz”, an international concert series for electro acoustic music, algorithmic composition, radio art and performance at MUMUTH/University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.

Other fields of activity:
Composition, production and performance of radiophonic ‘Hörstücke’ (ars acoustica) with focus on the equitable combination of speech, text and sound
Artistic research in the field of sound-picture relations in audio-visual installations film, tv and theatre.



Academic Career

2019-2021 member of the Advisory Committee at Katarina Gurska Institute for Artistic Research Madrid and visiting professor of the DART program at the doctoral school of the University of Valladolid, Spain.

2017/18 Edgard Varèse guest professor (DAAD) at the Electronic Studio of TU Berlin.

2015-2018 Senior artistic researcher at Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) within the three-year artistic research project “Orchestrating Space by Icosahedral Loudspeaker” (OSIL) funded by the Austrian Research Fund (FWF)/ Programme for Arts-based Research (PEEK).

2016-2017 Senior artistic researcher within the project “Emotional Improvisation” AR-188 at Institute of Aesthetics of Music at KUG, funded by the Austrian Research Fund (FWF)/ Program for Arts-based Research (PEEK).

2013 - 2015 Assistant professor at Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG). Research field: Spatial Soundcomposition, 3D-Audio, verbalization of plastic sound phenomena in computermusic. Teaching: Soundinstallation Art, Sound Design in narrative media. Responsible for organizing the concert series signale-graz, signale-soirées, signale-workshops, signale-masterclasses und signale-lectures until 2015.

2011 - 13 Assistant professor at Institute for Musicology at University Wuerzbug. Conception, setup and implementation of “Atelier Klangforschung” at former U.S. general villa at Hubland Wuerzburg. Initiation of concert evenings for sound art and electronic music with international composers and performers. Conception and supervision of the artist in residence programme. Conception and implementation of seminars and workshops about the history of sound art, electronic music, hearplay, ars acoustica and spatial soundcomposition, establishment of the research field “Kraftwerk”.


2016 (Dr. art.) at the Artistic Doctoral School of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG). Thesis: “Composing Sculptural Sound Phenomena in Computer Music”, doctoral adviser: Marko Ciciliani, Robert Höldrich, Elena Ungeheuer and Marco Stroppa. (summa cum laude)

2011 Master - Composition / Computer Music (with distinction), at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) with Prof Dr. Gerhard Eckel, Prof. Winnie Ritsch, Gerhard Nierhaus, Prof. Elena Ungeheuer.

2006 Dipl. Media Arts, Academy of Media Arts (KHM) Cologne with Prof. Anthony Moore, Prof. Siegfried Zielinski, Prof. Klaus Schöning, Prof. Jürgen Klauke.

2001 2nd state examination law
1999 1st state examination law
Law studies in Bonn and London with focus on intellectual property law, new media and communications.

1993 Abitur, Albert Einstein Gymnasium, St. Augustin.

Residencies, Grants and Awards (Selection)

2015 – 18
Austrian Research Fund (FWF) PEEK project “Orchestrating Space by Icosahderal Loudspeaker”(OSIL)

Artist in residence (Artistic Research Felllow) PEEK/FWF project “Emotional Improvisation”. Head of project: Deniz Peters, 2014/15.

Funding by the Sparkassen Foundation Cologne for the project “Oblivious to Gravity” a building-soundcomposition in Cologne.
Scholarship by the artistic doctoral school of the University of Music and Performing Arts (KUG), Graz.
Artist in residence at the Centre for Art and Media Technology (ZKM), Karlsruhe, spring 2014.
Grant by the Art Art Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia for the soundinstallation cycle ‘Archipel’ in

Artist in residence at Atelier Klangforschung at the Institute of Musicology, University of Wuerzburg.
Research grant by the state of Styria/Austria (A 9) for the sound installation project ‘Archipel’ (Archipelago).

Artist in residence at Pact Zollverein, Centre for Performance and Media Art, Essen/Germany.
Grant by the University of Music and Performing Arts for Artistic Research.

bm:wf research grant 2010 by the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz.
RONDO one-year atelier grant by the state of Styria/Austria.
Nomination Media-Art Award by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

ELIA Art Schools Jury Selection for NEU/NOW Festival 2009, Vilnius.
Chargesheimer Award, City of Cologne.
CO-ME-DI-A (EU) Artist in Residence 2009.
Nomination Media-Art Award State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program)- One year grant for Austria.

Lexus – Crossover Award.
German Sound Art Award.
Artist in residence at PACT Zollverein, Essen/Germany
Grant kunst:raum-Syltquelle, Isle of Sylt.
GEMA-award at the international Hamburg Film Festival for best music in a short film (national).

DAAD postgraduate grant for Austria.


IKO Summer School Graz (AT)

Master class at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW, DE).

September 2017-February 2018
Curriculum at the Technical University Berlin (TU, DE).

Workshop at the Technical University Berlin (TU, DE).

Workshop and lecture tour on sculptural composition in loudspeaker environments.

Sound Installation Art and Sound Design in Narrative Media at IEM, University of Music and performing Arts, Graz.


Beyond the visual–towards fluid virtual spatiotemporal environments
Workshop at OSSA Łódź (PL) with architect Constantinos Militades.

Towards the Expanded Field
Experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to immaterial spatiotemporal environments: Performance, lectures, exhibition at House of Architecture Graz (HDA, AT).

Reflections on sound-picture relations: strategies, experiments and fears of loss.
Workshop at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HAW, DE).

Listening to the Own Listening as Performative Strategy
Workshop at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK, CH).



Workshop at Halle University for Art and Design (department media art) at Burg Giebichenstein: sound as initial point for artistic work, sound constructions, lecture and tests on the language-sound-picture relationship.

Lecture on sound space composition at irzu, Ljubiliana.

2nd workshop at Halle University for Art and Design (department media art) at Burg Giebichenstein: Sound constructions, sound sculptures, workshop and tests on spheric sound relations.

Signale Graz Soirée, lecture together with Johanna Gampe and Martin Rumori on the topic of listening pieces in the CUBE, Graz. An evening event of the concert series for electro-accoustical music, algorhytmical compositions, radio art and pervormance.

Workshop/laboratory for composing showing the creation, history and technique of the listening piece (ars accustica) with pupils of a high school in the city of Duisburg.

Lecture and practical workshop on creative sound editing and picture-sound relations together with Daniel Burghardt for the SK Foundation Culture, Northrhine-Westfalia.

Workshop- and performance tour “Kulturfest Itinerante” via 15 cities in Brazil for the Goethe Institute Sao Paulo.

Workshop for creative sound and recording techniques for the Goethe Institute Sao Paolo at Museo Paco des Artes Soa Paulo.

Lecture at the symposion ”com.munity-transformation of musical practises” at the center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM) Karlsruhe (DE).

Teacher for classical guitar at Music School Henneberger Bonn (DE).


Relevant Publications (Selection)

Sharma G.K. - Surrounded by Immersion - Means of Post-Democratic Warfare
Chapter in Book: Ultrablack of Music, Szepanski, A., (ed.), Mille Plateaux, Frankfurt a. M., 2020.

Sharma G.K., Frank M., Zotter F. - Evaluation of Three Auditory-Sculptural Qualities Created by an Icosahedral Loudspeaker
in MDPI/Applied Sciences, Juli 2019.

Sharma G.K. - Aural Sculpturality. Spatio-temporal Phenomena within Auditive Media Techniques, book,
ZKM/Hertz-Labor (Hg.), April 2019 ZKM.

Sharma G.K. - Verbalizing Sculptural Sound Phenomena in Electronic Music-Towards a Shared Perceptual Space (SPS)
in Proceedings InSonic2017, ZKM Karlsruhe (DE).

Sharma G.K. - Composing of Sound Sculptures with the Ambisonics Instruments IKO
in Proceedings InSonic2017, ZKM Karlsruhe (DE).

Sharma G.K., Schultz, F. - Are Loudspeaker Arrays Musical Instruments?
in Proceedings ICSA Graz 2017 (AT).

Wendt F., Sharma G.K., Zotter F., Frank M., Höldrich R. - Perception of Spatial Sound Phenomena Created by the Icosahedral Loudspeaker
in Computer Music Journal special Issue on High-Density Loudspeaker Arrays 44/1, 2017.

Sharma G.K. - Composing Sculptural Sound Phenomena in Computer Music
Dissertation (English and German) at the Universitiy of Music and Performing Arts Graz (AT), 2016.

Reither S., Sharma G.K., Bergmann N. - How does a room sound? Staging of spaces through appropriation and choreography of architectural sound
material (in German)
in Movement Material, Production and Materiality in Dance and Performance.
Edition by Skrandies T. u. Kelter K., Transcript publishing house, 2016.

Sharma G.K., Zotter F., Frank M. - Towards Understanding and Verbalizing Spatial Sound Phenomena in Electronic Music
in Proceedings InSonic2015, ZKM Karlsruhe (DE).

Orchestrating wall reflections in space by Icosahedral Loudspeaker: findings from first artistic research exploration
in Proceedings ICMC/SMC Athens 2014 (GR).

Sharma G.K., Bergmann N. - {kA}: Oblivious to Gravity, introduction to building sound-compositions in (half-) public space and report on an
approach to the historic building of the Old Tannery in Murau
in yearbook Immersive Media Kiel (DE), 2014.

Sharma G.K. - {kA}: Oblivious to Gravity. building sound-compositions in (half-) puplic spaces (in German)
in Staging and Effects - the magic of scenography (chapter in book).
Edition by Ralf Bohn and Heiner Wilharm, Transcript publishing house, 2013.

Sharma G.K., Bergmann N. - {kA}: Oblivious to Gravity, building sound-compositions Haus Johannes Graz
in yearbook of the Institute for Art in Public Spaces 2014 and Public Art - Art in Public Spaces Styria 2012/13.
Edition by Elisabeth Fiedler and Dirk Möllmann, Publishing house for Modern Art Vienna (AT).

Eckel G., Pirrò D., Sharma G.K. - Motion-Enabled Live Electronics
in Proceedings of the SMC 2009 - 6th Sound and Music Computing Conference Porto (PRT).

Sharma G.K. - wieder und nie - again and never
in catalogue German Sound Art Award Marl (DE), 2008.


Publications about gksh's work:

Lyon E. - Curious Conjunctions in Berlin
in The Hudson Review, Spring 2018.

Ungeheuer E. and Wiener O. - Expedition to the entropic islands. Analytical approaches to grrawe and firniss by Gerriet K. Sharma,
in Sound Research in Music (in German) Volume 01, KEHRER publishing house Heidelberg (DE), 2012.

Fiedler E., Möllmann D. - {kA}: Oblivious to Gravity, building sound-composition Haus Johannes Graz
in yearbook of the Institute for Art in Public Spaces 2014 and Public Art - Art in Public Spaces Styria 2012/13. Publishing house for Modern Art Vienna (AT).


Composition of the cd “shelly sessions”, songwriting, toys, no drum machine

Composition and production of the cd “Geuge” with the electronic ensemble SWAAI (G. Weitenhagen an G. S. Sharma

Co-composition of the compilation “Difficult easy listening” for the label Nonplace Urbanfield (Cologne) by the electronic ensemble SWAAI

(New) artist at Freibank Musikverlage (Hamburg)

Composition, studio recordings and production of the radiophonic listening piece“RISS” for speaker and electronical sounds by G. Geltinger and G.K. Sharma with Simon Roden and Georgette Dee, Live performance at the sound laboratory of the University for Media in Cologne.
Concert and performance in the House of Literature in Cologne with the projects “RISS” and “During the afternoon of these Days”

Video sound installation and group exhibition “Good morning you lucky young captain”, Neue Welle building Frankfurt.

Soundcomposing for radioplays “The Hand” and “Love” by Koraljka Meštrovic (translation: Jana Mayer-Kristik), directed by Ulrike Brinkmann.
First radio performance for both productions by German Federal Cultural Radio

Spatial soundcomposition “Aubaine” and recordings with the sound art ensemble NooK in the studio of the Fraunhofer Institute in Ilmenau, recording with dummy head, production of double CD.

The composition “Aubaine” was presented during the “Spark Festival for Electronical Music 2005” in Minneapolis/USA and on ZKM radio during the “New World Musical 2006” in Stuttgart by Deutsche Gesellschaft für elektronische Musik (DEGEM).
Honorable mentioning in the Eastman Computer Music Centre Electroacoustic Music Competition 2006, New York/USA.
Listening stations in the Museo Paco das Artes in Sao Paolo/Brazil.
Presentation during the “Audience” Festival Delhi/India in 2008.
First time presentation in radio by Deutschlandradio Kultur (29.06.2007).

“differing paths” – The open art work in motion (Eco), installation (text, video, sound, interface) and internet platform. Simultaneous performances at various locations (amongst others Moltkerei Cologne, Media Art School Cologne, Parallel Record Shop Cologne).

Concert of the sound laboratory of KHM at Stadtgarten Cologne, organization and performance together with the sound-art ensemble NooK and mint.

Performance with the sound-art ensemble NooK, the Japanese flutist Ritsuko Hanao and VJ Cal during the “Freshcell”-Festival in the municipal gardens in Cologne.
Additional Concerts in the electrical transformer station Severin and in the Art Factory Cologne during the long night of the museums.

Space-sound composition “Abandonee” as guest composer at the IEM in Graz, promoted by a DAAD grant. First performance: 26.07.2007. CD production. Presented 2009 by DEGEM webradio and by SWR 2 (German public radio).
Invitation for the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2009.

Composing and producing the experimental hearplay “The Sea” by Gunther Geltinger and Gerriet K. Sharma. World premiere during the Altitude 2006, University of Media Arts Cologne, public performance with live sound composition in three parts.
Honorably mentioned at the Radio Art Award of Leipzig Book Fair and at the competition during the Leipzig summer of radio plays.
Various life performances since 2007.

Performance with Simon Roden at the opening of Rheinau Harbour Cologne in 2008.

Organisation and implementation of the “Evenings of Listening” at the room for art and music in Cologne. 10 topical evenings for “History of Recording and Radio Art”. Live-mixing, performance. Presentation of several works and multi-channel performance in a public room.

Performance with the audio-visual ensemble Slope at the Freshcell-Festival/Autumn in the historical enter of Düsseldorf.

Invitation for the International Computer Music Festival (ICMC) New Orleans/USA.

Concert and performance in the Museo Paco des Artes, Sao Paulo/Brazil.

Sound composition for the audio-visual installation “Those and other uncertainties” by Tessa Knapp (Moltkerei Cologne).

Sound composition for the video installation “shu – blue hour lullaby” by Phillip Lachenmann and Matthias Neuenhofer, can be listended to/looked at in K21, Düsseldorf.

Composition “Orphée49/Edit 1 (Hommage à J.C.) of the Ensembe NooK on the compilation cd “Orpheus400” by the DEGEM.

Acousmatic concert and performance with three chanell live video projection and 40 loudspeakers in the Trinitatis Church in Cologne.

Performance during autumn in Graz together with Staalplaat Soundsystems.

Concert an performance at the Encontros De Musica Experimental (EME) Festival in Lisbon/Portugal.

Ambisonc space-sound composition “I_LAND”, promoted by a grant from kunst:raum Syltquelle on the island of Sylt/Germany.
World premiere 07.04.2009 in the Cube (IEM, Graz).
ELIA Art Schools Jury Selection for the NEU/NOW Festival 2009 in Vilnius.
Production of CD in 2009.

Sound composition for the audio-visual installation “detournements I-III” by Susanna Schönberg, Bau- & Kunst-Schlosserei Gallery in Leipzig“again and never” multi-channel sound composition for one pressure-chamber loudspeaker and six walkman headsets in public space, townhall of the city of Marl/Germany. Awarded with the German Federal Award for Sound Art.

“Oh Knight in Shining Armour” multi-channel sound composition for a slewing crane. Presented at the official opening of the Rheinau Harbour during the new talents young biennale Cologne: Awarded with the Lexus-Crossover Award.

Finishing the tour through Brazil “Itinerante” for the Goethe Institut Sao Paulo (09.08 til 01.10.2008) with a performance together with NooK in Sao Paulo.

4-channel loudspeaker concert with the listening piece “Basic opinion against destructive work in the audioeditor for a catalogue on the topic of martyrs” in the context of an atelier event at PACT Zollverein, Essen.

“staircase” permanent reactive sound installation for a public building with Martin Rumori, David Pirrò, Christos Zachos and Gerhard Eckel in Graz.

Listening station/installation with a choice of own works at the SOUNDART Cologne.


“TIDE” audio-visual sound composition together with Daniel Burkhart in PACT Zollverein Essen, promoted by PACT Zollverein and the Prime Minister of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia.

Listening station/installation with a choice of own works at the SOUNDART Duisburg/Germany.

Performance with NooK and change of frequency at “Sundays abstract” n the postal garage in Graz.

Composition and production of the listening piece “Basic opinion against destructive work in the audioeditor for a catalogue on the topic of martyrs”, speaker: Simon Roden and Theresa Hupp, for the Vocabulary Warrior-Artistscatalogue, art:room ‘Syltquelle, published in Hybriden Verlag Berlin.

Exhibition in the House of the Federation of Visual Artists in Cologne on behalf of the award ceremony Chargesheimer Grant.

“grrawe – For several years there was only one inhabitant being present only once in a while”. Ambisonic sound composition for an ikosaeder loudspeaker, commissioned by European Forum Alpbach/Austria.

“melt” 6-channel sound composition made from melting ice.
World premiere at the International Stage Workshop in Graz.


“lullaby” installed space sound composition in the representation of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia in Berlin.

6-channel sound composition with a more classical solo instrument (no violin) in Graz.

Werwolf Workload, text-sound performance together with Jörg Albrecht at the Listentalk Festival during Elevate Graz.

Composition and production of the radiophonic listening piece “GE DICHTE” by G. Geltinger And Gerriet K. Sharma with Simon T Roden and Georgette Dee, third an final part of the trilogy of listening pieces.

Music and sound conception for “Macbeth in the Cities”by Ulbe Productions. Walk in installation for listening (parcours for earphones) in downtown Cologne.

Music/Sound for experimental video and movie

*Sound concept and music for the short film “shady stories” by Bettina Eberhard, London together with Gerald Weitenhagen. World premiere Barbican London

*Sound concept and music for the documentary film “Father and Foe” by Susanne Jäger, Cologne. World premiere IDFA Festival 2005 in Amsterdam, DEFA special award at the 27th Film Festival Max-Ophüls Award 2005. First broadcasted by WDR in February

*Sound concept and music for the film “back to the city of tomorrow” by Michaela Schweiger, Berlin. Award for video art by the city of Bremen 2005. Competing at the international days for short films in Oberhausen 2005, Art Cologne 2005, transmediale 2005, EMAF 2007.

*Sound concept and music for the film “Living on 8 cents” by Susanne Jäger, Köln. First time on television April 2006 (WDR/3Sat).
*Sound concept and music for the film “The invisible Hand” by Dirk Lütter, world premiere Hofer Days of Films 2006. First Steps Award Berlin 2007.
*Sound concept and music for the short film “Lostage” by Bettina Eberhard, Zürich/Cologne. World premiere as part of the competition at the Film Festival in Locarno 2007, Berlinale 2008, honorable mentioning at “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” (perspectives for the German cinema). Premiere on TV summer 2008 on Arte and WDR.

*Sound concept and music for the film “from Britta Schmidt with love” by Katharina Pethke. World premiere as part of the competition at the Documentary Film Festival Duisburg.
*Sound Composition for audio-visual installation “Rauschen und Brausen I” by Daniel Burkhardt, UA (Competition) at international Short-Film Festival Oberhausen 07, and at Art Cologne 07, EMAF 07, 1. Price Kurzfilmfestival “Blicke” Bochum 07, invitation Rotterdam Film Festival 08. Digital Sparks Award 08 and Marler Video Art Price 08, 1. Price Aubagne Filmfest 2009.

*Sound concept and music for the short film “The Moment” by Michaela Schweiger, Berlin. World premiere at the art forum Berlin in 2008, in 2009 EMAF and with “Together into the future” at the Frankfurt Kunstverein.
*Sound composition for video installation “shu – blue hour lullaby” by Phillip Lachenmann, K21 Düsseldorf. Since 2010 in collection of Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.
*Sound composition audio-visual installation “detournements I-III” by Susanna Schönberg, Galerie Bau- & Kunst-Schlosserei Leipzig.

*Sound concept and music for the film “Jungle Radio” by Susanne Jäger (WDR, 3Sat).
*“TIDE” audio-visual spatial composition in cooperation with Daniel Burkhardt at PACT Zollverein Essen, supported by PACT Zollverein and the prime minister of North-Rhine-Westphalia.

*2011 Sound design and music for Louisa by Katharina Pethke, Goldene Taube DOK-Leipzig 2011, Special Price Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis 2011.
*“Der Schlaf & die Betäubung” ("Sleep and Sedation") audio-visual spatial composition - (3 channel audio, 2 channel video) in cooperation with Daniel Burkhardt.

*2012 First complete exhibition of joined works by Daniel Burkhardt and Gerriet K. Sharma, Concordia, 21 Rozendaal, Enschede (NL).

*2015 Music for "Jedermann" ("Everyman")  short film by Katharina Pethke, several int. festivals, "Prädikat Besonders Wertvoll" by the German Film Rating Comission (FBW).




Cooperations with different institutions e.g. Kaserne Basel, Rote Fabrik Zürich, HAU Berlin, Pact Zollverein Essen, Schauspielhaus Köln, Schauspielhaus Graz, Schauspielhaus Luzern, Atelier Sound Research University Wuerzburg and The Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) Graz.


*September 2006 Sound Composition and Music for the world premiere of “Magma” by Werner Fritsch, Schauspiel Köln, Director: Klara Topic-Matutin.

*Januar 2010 Sound Composition, Music, Spatial Concept and Performance “Peepshow” by Marie Brassard, Schauspielhaus Graz, Director: Anna Sophie Mahler.

*April 2011 Sound Composition, Spatial Concept and Music “Faust hat Hunger und verschluckt sich an einer Grete” by Ewald Palmetshofer, Schauspielhaus Graz, Director: Anna Sophie Mahler.

*Juni-September 2011 Sound Composition, Spatial Concept and Music for the world premiere of “Die Geister von Princeton” by Daniel Kehlmann, Schauspielhaus Graz, Director: Anna Badora.

*Januar/Februar 2012 Sound Composition, Spatial Concept and Music for the world premiere of “Der Urknall” by Capri Connection at Kaserne Basel.

* Dec. 2014 - Jan. 2015 Sound Composition, Spatial Concept and Music for Gegenwart der Erinnerung by Gert Jonke at Schauspielhaus Graz. Director: Christiane Pohle.  Set and Costume: Penelope Wehrli