An artist-researcher, an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, Zurich University of the Arts and doctorate student at the Royal Conservatoire and the Artesis-Plantjin University College in Antwerp, Belgium
Jan Schacher I am an artist-researcher, performing on stage and other environments, working with/through sound and presence. Trained as an instrumentalist, composer and digital artists, the focus of my practice has shifted from using sounds to be organised as music to seeing the body as the central site of action, perception, and culture, becoming the carrier of sounding performances. I am investigating how the musician's body, acting as resonator for sound's presences, establishes and grounds the intertwined relationship between inner and outer perception, between tangible musical actions and the intangible presence of sound, between the different subject's agencies towards/with/through sound. Reflection about the spaces, structures, and processes of sound experience and of shaping time/space in relation to the body, begin in listening to inner states. Relationality of/in performance is established by listening to the other's states. The intersubjective space opened by performing with sound, with the body, with the other is as much cultural, individual as it is experiential.
My artistic works are situated in such diverse contexts as media festivals, improv music gigs, intercultural projects, and sound art investigations in urban space, and aim at linking the diverging, yet complementary strands into a comprehensive/comprehensible assemblage that functions both in the artistic and scholarly domains. In parallel to my practice as an artist, I hold the position of Associate Researcher at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology at the Zurich University of the Arts, where I lead research projects that deal with a.o. Musical Gesture, Immersive Media, and Surround Sound from a position of artistic as well as systematic, empirical research. I am currently completing a Doctorate in the Arts on the topic of the 'Body in Electronic Music Performance' at the Royal Conservatoire and the Artesis-Plantjin University College in Antwerp, Belgium.