Ecologies of Listening, Environmental Entanglements (Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, 2019) Foto: Barbara Antal
Ready Making #1, Errant Sound 2019, Foto Golo Föllmer
Doing Sounds with Things #2, Errant Sound 2018, Fotos: Marie Letkowski
Janine Eisenächer (*1983) is based in Berlin and works as an artistically resear-ching performance and sound artist, curator and researcher since 2006. In her lecture and sound performances she addresses, a.o., the conditions of artistic work and collaboration as well as questions of living together, ecology and coexistence. She mainly works with objects and materials with which she creates acoustic spaces through body-generated and material-based sounds and noises. Here, she investigates more precisely the interplay of the senses of hearing, sight and touch as well as the conditions of hearing coexistence between performers and things as non-human agents. Up to now, she presented her works in various Performance and Live Art Festivals as well as in Sound Art-related events across Europe, North America and Aotearoa New Zealand.
From 2007 to 2011, she was the co-curator and co-organizer of the monthly Live Art-event Performer Stammtisch in Berlin (with Jörn J. Burmester and Florian Feigl), and she curated the programme of the Platform Young Performance Artists in 2010 and 2011 (in cooperation with IPAH). Since 2009, she is a board member of Flutgraben e.V., an art association that accomodates and manages Berlin's biggest self-organised artist studio complex. Here, she was part of the administrative manage-ment in diverse group constellations until 2015 and she co-curated the association's programme called Inverse Institution from 2011 to 2015 (together with Sönke Hallmann, Lydia Hamann, Kaj Osteroth, Jo Zahn, and Inga Zimprich as well as with further guests).
With the group Inverse Institution she currently works on a publication on collectively practiced institutional critique and hosts the event series Critical Friends. From 2016 to 2018, she investigated the conditions of collaboration among freelance cultural workers in Berlin with the group wwwz – wie wollen wir zusammenarbeiten? (How do we want to work together?, with Felicita Reuschling and Karolina Dreit).
Since 2019, she is a member of the Sound Art-project space Errant Sound in Berlin und curates the exhibition, performance and lecture series READY MAKING, in which she researches on sonic actions with things together with the sound- and inter-media artist Steffi Weismann and the musicologist and sound researcher Elena Ungeheuer.
Janine Eisenächer studied Comparative Literature, Philosophy and Theatre Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and wrote her Magistra thesis on the subject of material-based sounds in contemporary Perfor-mance Art. She currently investigates forms of sonic and action-related knowled-ge(s) in the genre of the sound performance.
In addition to that, she was culture-politically active in the context of "To Have & To Need" (Haben und Brauchen) as well as in the Network of independent project spaces and initiatives in Berlin from 2011 to 2014, and actively supports various climate justice movements since the end of 2019.