Julian Klein - Julian Klein

Julian Klein (* 1973 in Wittlich , Rhineland-Palatinate ) is a German composer and theater director . He lives in Berlin.

Studies, work as a lecturer and in stage ensembles

Julian Klein studied with Reinhard Febel , Nigel Osborne , Gérard Grisey , Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm . He teaches performance and music theory at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main and directing experimental music theater at the Berlin University of the Arts . He also held other teaching positions in the architecture department of the University of Hanover (composition) and at the Norwegian Theater Academy (acting and improvisation). Julian Klein is director of the Institute for Artistic Research Berlin. He is currently a visiting scientist at the Institute for Biology (behavioral biology). He is one of the former members of the Languages ​​of Emotion Cluster of Excellence at Freie Universität Berlin [1] and Concordia University Montréal . [2]

He is the artistic director of the music and theater ensemble a rose is . In addition, he was a member of the Junge Akademie from 2003-08 - a membership that is advertised annually by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. [3]

For Südwestrundfunk , Hessischer Rundfunk , DeutschlandRadio Berlin , the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester , the Staatstheater Hannover, the Hamburg Theater Mafia, the Bavarian Theater Academy August Everding , the A • DEvantgarde Festival Munich, the laboratory for music: theater Berlin, the Berliner Festspiele | MaerzMusik , the Schaubühne at Lehniner Platz Berlin, as well as at Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, he was involved as a director in various projects and initiatives.

Society for Artistic Research in Germany

On his initiative, the Society for Artistic Research in Germany (GKFD) was founded in 2018 [4] Together with Elke Bippus and Kathrin Busch, he formed the founding presidium before leaving the presidium at the beginning of 2020 for technical and legal reasons in order not to stand in the way of the implementation of the Berlin funding program. The art theorist Hanne Loreck temporarily represented his function in the GKFD until September 2020. [5]

Debate about the freedom of the artistic doctorate

In 2020, Julian Klein was part of a three-person committee that rejected an artistic dissertation. This case has been a controversial debate since June 2020 - commented by the Nordic Art Review (Kunstkritikk) - about how experimental the methods of artistic research in the field of performance should be. Julian Klein's artistic practice was addressed as part of a "FAUXTHENTICATION", although there was no connection to the dissertation project so far. Klein's criticism was primarily directed towards the assessment that the experimental and critical potential of the candidate's project was not carried out consistently and satisfactorily enough. After the candidate's disputation was rejected, this criticism was also confirmed by the College of Stockholm University of the Arts,[6][7][8]

Awards and grants

Of awards he received, among other things, a study grant from the studienstiftung , the Lower Saxony Award, a scholarship in the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris , the Culture Prize Bernkastel-Wittlich, the Danzer Prize for Contemporary Music, and in 2002 the Kurt Magnus Prize of ARD.


Individual evidence

  1. Freie Universität Berlin: Languages ​​of Emotion: Former members. In: website. Free University of Berlin, accessed on September 11, 2020 .
  2. ^ Entries on Julian Klein in the scientific databases Scopus / Orcid / Elsevier
  3. ^ Entry by Klein in the membership directory of the Junge Akademie
  4. gkfd - the federal association for artistic research in Germany. Retrieved November 17, 2020 .
  5. ^ Society for artistic research in Germany: people. In: Website of the Society for Artistic Research in Germany. Society for Artistic Research in Germany, accessed on September 11, 2020 .
  6. Robert Stasinski: Criticised Artistic Research, Did not Pass the Viva. In: Nordic Art Review. kunstkritikk.com (International edition), June 30, 2020, accessed on September 11, 2020 (English).
  7. Stockholm University of the Arts: Doctoral Research Project ”FAUXTHENTICATION...” by Bogdan Szyber. In: website. Stockholm University of the Arts, abgerufen am 11. September 2020 (englisch).
  8. Stockholm University of the Arts: Update after Bogdan Szyber’s public defence on 15 May 2020. In: University Website. Stockholm University of the Arts, 7. Juli 2020, abgerufen am 11. September 2020 (englisch).