From 2010 to 2019, the Beethoven Foundation Bonn had already appointed renowned sound artists as city sound artists each year within its sound art project bonn hoeren. Now the sustainable work of bonn hoeren forms the basis for the new sound art project echoes – soundforum bonn.

echoes – soundforum bonn combines artistic and scientific research in the city with the expertise of the Museum Koenig as a cooperation partner. Sound art and natural science together pose questions on the thematic complex of nature, the destruction of nature, biodiversity and sustainability. The exhibition will take place at Museum Koenig from 1.9. to 4.12.2022.

city sound artist bonn 2022

The Beethoven Foundation Bonn has appointed the 12th Stadtklangkünstler since 2010.

The Beethoven Foundation for Art and Culture of the Federal City of Bonn has appointed the renowned Canadian sound artist Robin Minard as Stadtklangkünstler Bonn 2022. During his artistic research residency in Bonn this year, the 68-year-old will work with the scientists of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) as a cooperation partner. He is also part of an artistic-scientific research expedition. Both projects will result in sound art works on site following the journey.

From 2010 to 2019, the Beethoven Foundation Bonn had already appointed renowned sound artists as city sound artists within its sound art project “bonn hoeren”. Now the sustainable work of “bonn hoeren” forms the basis for the new sound art project “echoes – soundforum bonn 2022”.

Robin Minard

Robin Minard was born in Montreal in 1953, studied music theory and composition in Canada and Paris. Since the early 1980s, his work has focused on the field of electroacoustic composition and sound installation art. From 1997 to 2021, he was professor of electroacoustic composition and sound art at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and Bauhaus University in Weimar, where he was also director of the Studio for Electroacoustic Music (SeaM Weimar). His works, which include electroacoustic compositions, sound installations, sound sculptures and radio art productions, have been presented worldwide at festivals, in museums, on the radio and in public spaces.


Chundua – frog dreams

1 September – 4 December 2022

Free admission to the special exhibition!

Museum Koenig Bonn /Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 — 18:00 (Wednesday until 21:00)
currently changed opening hours:
Wednesday, 05.10.2022, 10:00 — 16:00
Wednesday, 12.10.2022, 10:00 — 14:00
Wednesday, 19.10.2022, 10:00 — 17:00
Thursday, 20.10.2022, 10:00 — 12:00
Tuesday, 25.10.2022, not open!
Wednesday, 26.10.2022, 10:00 — 18:00
Friday, 28.10.2022, not open!

The sound installation Chundua – Frog Dreams is inspired by an Arhuaco tale about the inhabitants of the Sierra Nevada. It is said that they lie in their hammocks and imagine floating between the real and the spiritual world.
Following this, the exhibition presents acoustic images of the Colombian rainforest in dream-like sequences in which materials are mixed and transformed through memory and imagination.

In the spring of 2022, Robin Minard travelled to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia for a biological research expedition together with biologists from the University of Santa Marta. There he recorded the sounds of the rainforest, especially the great diversity of frogs that live in the area. For the indigenous Arhuaco people living there, frogs are associated with water, the source of life, and are therefore considered sacred animals.

Chundua, a mountainous region of the Sierra Nevada, is the heart of the world for the Arhuaco. In their tradition, life, wisdom and law originate here. They believe that all people need Chundua. But in the same way, Chundua needs people and their conscious treatment of the environment to maintain the balance on earth.

This exhibition is the first project of echoes – soundforum bonn of the Beethoven Foundation for Art and Culture of the Federal City of Bonn that combines artistic and scientific research. For this year’s annual theme of biodiversity, Bonn-based urban sound artist Robin Minard, who has been appointed for 2022, is working closely with the Herpetology Research Section at the Museum Koenig Bonn of the Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change (LIB).

Chundua – Frog Dreams Audio-Trailer, Robin Minard

Technical development & media art handling: Ludger Hennig
Technical assistance: Daniel Schulz
Exhibition wall construction: Markus Oppenländer
Museum team: Rainer Wollsiefen, Uwe Vaartjes
Graphic design: milchhof berlin
Curator and project management: Carsten Seiffarth
Photos: José Luis Pérez-Gonzáles, Hernan Darío Martínez Urrea,
Robin Minard, Carsten Seiffarth

expedition colombia

April 24 – May 8 2022

The urban sound artist Bonn 2022 – Robin Minard – was in Bonn for on-site research and then with biologists from the Universidad del Magdalena in Santa Marta on a large research expedition in the tropical rainforest of the Sierra Nevada in northern Colombia. In addition to sound recordings of about 20 different frog species and their environment, interviews were held with tribal leaders of the indigenous inhabitants living there.