Lecture: Echo-Ovation and the House of Ear

A lecture about intro-active scores and concepts for self-performativity

In this presentation, Helbich will share a series of his recent works that consider the audience as active participants. These include audio guides, score collections, large-scale floor drawings, deep listening installations, site-specific body scores and interactive performances. Most of the works focus on sound, but also on other physical phenomena in relation to the body.

(1973; Berlin)

is a sound-, installation- and performance artist, who creates a diverse range of experimental and conceptual works for the stage, headphones, paper and online media, and in public space. His work moves between representative, interactive and conceptual approaches, often addressing concrete physical and social experiences. A recurrent interest is the interaction with a self-performing audience.

Helbich has been living and working in Brussels since 2002. He studied composition in Amsterdam (NL) and Freiburg (D). In the last 15 years, his work has been shown all over Europe, and recently presented a.o. at Queens Museum (NYC), Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Kanal-Centre Pompidou (Brussels), Basis (Frankfurt), Oude Kerk (Amsterdam) and Café OTO (London). Helbich received the First Prize for the composition award 'ad libitum' (Stuttgart) for his piano book “Fur aufrichtiges Klavier” (2011). In 2013 he published the album “Outcuts” at the label Surfacenoise. His music has been played o.a. by Ensemble Modern, Maulwerker and Scenatet.

Next to being a regular composition teacher at the Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Helbich teaches at art academies in Europe and abroad. He occasionally collaborates with choreographers such as Mette Edvardsen (NO/BE) and Heike Langsdorf (DE/BE).

Additionally, Helbich is the author of the bestselling photo books “Belgian solutions” (Luster, Antwerp). Both have recently been added to the Belgian photobook heritage collection, catalogue and exhibition “Photobook Belge” (FOMU-Antwerp).

In 2016, Helbich was granted a three-years scholarship for artistic development and research by the Flemish community.



Wed 18 May 2022 19.00


New Music Lab, Royal Conservatoire, Amare