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Bill Dietz is a composer, writer, co-chair of the Bard MFA Sound Department, & artistic director of Overtoon - Platform for Sound Arts. He is currently based in Florence.

His work on the genealogy of the concert and the "political aesthetics of listening" (as Elena Biserna has put it) has brought him to festivals such as MaerzMusik & the Donaueschinger Musiktage, museums such as the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Brooklyn Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, & das Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, galleries such as the nGbk, Remote Viewing, 7hours Haus 19, & the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and into publications such as Flash Art, e-flux, Performance Research Journal, boundary 2, MusikTexte, Positionen, & the 2014 Whitney Biennial catalogue. Large-scale works have been realized at locations such as Le Corbusier's "Cité radieuse" in Marseille, the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin (both with Janina Janke), inside & outside the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, along the entire length of "Im Stavenhof" in Cologne (with Jordan Topiel Paul), throughout the village & town-hall of Kirnbach (in collaboration with Herbordt/Mohren), and echoing from avenue to avenue in midtown Manhattan. Additional lectures, workshops, and panels have been hosted by, e.g., the University of Arts (Berlin), Princeton University, Artists Space, the Secession, Bell Labs, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, SPACE TIME, the Bergen Kunsthall, the Akademie der Künste, de Appel, La Monnaie, Serralves, the Kitchen, the Württembergische Kunstverein, ACUD, the Emily Harvey Foundation, Pro QM, & for the DAI.

Born in 1983 near in the US/Mexican border in Bisbee, Arizona, he studied composition at the New England Conservatory and Cultural Studies at the University of Minnesota. Initially in Berlin as Peter Ablinger’s student and assistant, he went on to work regularly with Catherine Christer Hennix, Christian von Borries, Chris Newman, and, through 2009, with Maryanne Amacher. Since 2007 he is the artistic director of Ensemble Zwischentöne. With Woody Sullender he co-founded and edits Ear / Wave / Event. In 2011 he was the recipient of a working residency at the Künstlerhaus Lukas and a residency stipend from the Goethe Institute (New York). From 2012 to 2103 he was a resident fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart). In 2012 he was appointed co-chair of the Music/Sound Department in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. In 2013 he was artist-in-residence of the Cité radieuse in Marseille, as well as gmem - centre national de la création musicale. From 2016 - 2017 he was Professor of Sound at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.


Some Books

the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg's volume, co-authored with Kerstin Stakemeier, including texts by seminar participants.
Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven's catalogue of the exhibition with Chloë Bass, introduced by Petra Stegmann, and with an essay by Kerstin Stakemeier.
2020, Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews
Blank Forms Editions' volume, co-edited and introduced with Amy Cimini.
2017, L'école de la claque
"On Curating's" collection of "concert pieces," including texts by Chris Mann, MYSTI, and Rachel O'Reilly.
Released in collaboration with Asja Lacis (Henry Andersen, Bill Dietz, Neo Hülcker, and Mathias Monrad Møller).
2015, 8 Tutorial Diversions, 2009-2014
Edition Solitude's monograph on "Tutorial Diversions," works to be performed at home.


Some Teaching

2012 - present, Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts
Co-Chair of Music/Sound (2014 Reader, 2015 Reader, 2016 Reader)
2021 - 2022, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Nürnberg
'Coming to our senses' - Receptivity and Dispossession," co-taught with Kerstin Stakemeier
2018 - 2019, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Nürnberg
"Universal Receptivity. Über Formen entgrenzter Partizipation," co-taught with Kerstin Stakemeier
2016 - 2017, Kunsthochschule für Medien (Köln), ex-Media, Professor of Sound
"Listening Methodologies and the Aesthetics of Reception," Summer semster 2016
"Music, 'Mute Speech,' Material Intelligence," Winter semester 2016
"L'école de la Claque," Summer semester 2017
2016, Universität der Künste, Berlin
Die flexible Stadt,” Blockseminar in collaboration with Janina Janke
2011 - 2012, Universität der Künste, Berlin
"DER RAUM IN JOHN CAGES MUSIK - RINGVORLESUNG" – co-taught with Chiyoko Szlavnics, Bunita Marcus, Walter Zimmermann, and Martina Seeber