Apr 122016

Lauschen is a performance work by Iris Garrelfs for improvised voice, environment and listening cones. It was originally devised in 2016 specifically for Lausch II at Lewisham Art House, London, UK as a series curated by Rahel Kraft, but has since been performed elsewhere.

Lauschen is a German term, meaning “close listening” or “eavesdropping”. The performance uses listening cones as a device to re-orient an audience’s listening experience and open new aural perspectives. The audience/performer divide is also blurred as the performer uses no stage but moves freely amongst the auditorium.

“Lauschen” also exploring live improvised voice and lo-fi electronics. This comes in form of a small speaker that is worn on the body “by which sound is re-combined with body, re-focusing schizophonic experience” (Tahiroğlu et al., in press).


Lauren Redhead (2020). Vibrant Echoes: A Material Semiotics of the Voice in Music by Iris Garrelfs and Marlo Eggplant. In: Contemporary Music Review (39:5), pp 564-579. Available from https://doi.org/10.1080/07494467.2020.1852801


5. Performance at Fly By Night, curated by Catherine Clover, at Hundred Years Gallery, 20 December 2019.



5. Performance at Iklectik ,  London, November 2019.


4. Performance at Electropixel 2019, symposium at Goldsmiths, University of London, 11 July 2019.

3. Performance at An acquisition of sorts24November 2018 Fusion Arts, Oxford

(images by Lee Riley)


2. Performance at Walcot Chapel during Bath Fringe Festival in June 2018. The event was curated by Lee Riley.














(images by Lee Riley)

1. Performance at Lausch II at Lewisham Art House, London, UK, a series curated by Rahel Kraft. 2016. 

Find a video documenting the performance here: https://www.facebook.com/irisgarrelfs/videos/10154847211688065/?l=2749803556575861616






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