Peter Simon is a sound artist, field recordist.
He studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, graduating with a Master’s degree with a focus on sound art/installation. He also studied physics at the Ruhr University in Bochum.
His work focuses on sound ecology, psychoacoustics, bioacoustics and the study of different forms of information transmission and their impact and influence on the individual and society.
Since 2008 he has been cooperating with Freya Hattenberger as a performance duo.They explore the different worlds of life and their forms of communication with the means of sound art.
Since the 90s he has been working continuously on his own sound pieces in many projects, they move between Musique Concrète and electronic sound experiments.
His works include sculptural sound and video installations, sound installations in public spaces, multi-channel sound compositions and performances and are presented at numerous festivals, museums and galleries.
As a curator he organized the sound art program “Lautsprecher” at the Museum Ostwall Dortmund from 2010 – 2015.
He also produces radio plays as well as documentary forms of the auditory, such as essays and features (e.g. Studio für Akustische Kunst WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, NDR, Deutschlandradio Kultur, medienwerk nrw, and others ).
Awards and nominations
Research Fellowship of the City of Cologne 2023
Scholarship of the Foundation Art Fund 2022
Scholarship Music Fund 2022
Residence grant “Resonancias” of the Goethe Institut Chile 2021
Residence Scholarship of the Goethe Institute Bangalore 2019
Gerd Ruge Scholarship of the Film and Media Foundation NRW 2018
First prize for a sound installation in public space, Worringer Platz Düsseldorf, 2015
German Sound Art Award 2004, 2008, nomination
Karl Szczuka Award 2010, 2007, Nomination
Award of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Media Art 2005, Nomination
Permanent collection of the ZKM – Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.
Works for radio
“String Theory” – Funkts Session 674 FM, 2022
“INHALE_EXHALE” – WDR 3 Open, 2022
“Bangalore Brut” – Studio Acoustic Art, WDR, 2021
“Anne Sexton – Confessions of a Poet.”
WDR 3 Culture Feature, together with Freya Hattenberger, 2018
“Entretien sonore avec Fernand Deligny”,
Studio Acoustic Art, WDR, together with Achim Lengerer, 2014
“Sound barrier”, Studio Acoustic Art, WDR 2009
“Opening Hours,” Bayerischer Rundfunk 2009
“Chopin Postludes”, Studio Acoustic Art, WDR 2008
“KOSMOCHORDS”, Semaphore Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, 2007.
“Lies have no legs”, Studio Acoustic Art, WDR 2007
“Swiete Drogi”, WDR 3 and Deutschlandradio Kultur 2004
“The Turing Project”, Studio Acoustic Art , WDR 2004
“Continuity Illusions”, Studio Acoustic Art, WDR 2003
“5 Seconds later”, Studio Acoustic Art, WDR 2003