Leo Hofmann (1986, CH/DE) creates, composes and performs concerts, performances, works for music theater and audio dramas. He works with voice, movement and electronics, examines music situated between medial immutability and transience, addressing the visual in playing music and the physical in sound.
Since his MA studies of “Contemporary Arts Practice“ at Bern University of the Arts in 2013, Hofmann has received several prizes and grants, including the fellowship “Studio Roma” from the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, the “Giga-Hertz Encouragement Prize” for electronic music of the ZKM Karlsruhe, the “Swiss Performance Art Award” as well as the sound art fellowship of the state of Lower Saxony.
Since 2013, several works in the field of music theater were developed under his direction, including “Teleprompter Paradise” – an electronica melodrama for two performers – the music theater “UNGEDULD” for three voices and live electronics (premiered at the Gare du Nord Basel) and the audio drama performance „Pachinko Playalong“ (premiered at the Imatronic-Festival 2014). His solo pieces as composer-performer were featured at many international festivals, theaters and galleries, e.g. at the SPOR Festival Aarhus, at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, at the Festival KONTAKTE Berlin and at the Goethe-Institute Nairobi. For his installation “Muschelrauschen” (2011), he developed headphones which add impulses and currents of air to the ear-cups. The work has been shown at several exhibitions, including the Kunstquartier Bethanien, the Casa da Música Porto, the e-werk Freiburg and the Centre Pasquart.
Along with Benjamin van Bebber and Leonie Böhm, he founded the “Institut für angewandtes Halbwissen” (Institute For Applied Half-Knowledge); an artistic research and production cooperation specialized in music theater, which focuses on qualities and sensibilities outside of opulence.