with Michaela Melián
5 December 2019


In cooperation with Texte zur Kunst

Moderated by Aneta Rostkowska (Temporary Gallery) and Volker Zander (reiheM, Cologne)
Free admission
In German or English
(The language of the sessions will be decided by the participants during the meeting)

The fourth session in our series of Reading Sessions is dedicated to issue 112 of Texte zur Kunst "noise/silence" (2018), which deals with the current understanding of music, sound and noise in relation to the visual arts. Our guest is the Munich-based artist Michaela Melián. In her remarkable essay featured in the issue, she gives an illuminating analytical and, as it were, poetic, but above all feminist insight into her working method as a musician and visual artist, which combines electronic composition, installations and performance. We cordially invite you to this reading and listening session with sound samples from Michaela Melián's numerous publications and radio plays.

Text: Michaela Melián "Electric Ladyland" (Texte zur Kunst, Issue no. 112 / December 2018 "noise/silence", pp. 92-101)
(If you would like to take part and receive the text for the session, please send an email to:

In cooperation with „reiheM – Konzertreihe für Gegenwartsmusik, Elektronik und Neue Medien, Köln“, presenting the interactive sound and video installation „Music from a Frontier Town“ by Michaela Melián at Kölnischen Kunstverein on the 6th and 7th of December 2019 Michaela Meliáns interaktive Klang- und Videoinstallation „Music from a Frontier Town“ im Kölnischen Kunstverein zeigt.

About Reading Sessions:

“The need for discussion and its important function does not come from the desire or craving to push someone’s views on any matter (though it is true that many discussions are held for this reason), but from the limitations and imperfections of the creative and, in particular, cognitive powers of an individual.”
Roman Ingarden, A few words on a fruitful discussion, 1961

Recent studies have shown that due to our increasingly digitized lifestyle we are losing focus after about eight seconds. This is less than the average attention span for the notoriously poorly concentrated goldfish. To combat this condition, Temporary Gallery introduces this season, a new informal, (self-) educational initiative - reading sessions. Their goal is to deepen and intensify discussion of the themes related to contemporary art and art theory as well as the program of Temporary Gallery. The reading sessions happen once a month in the hospitable setting of our newly arranged audience lounge. The partner of reading sessions in 2019 is the art magazine Texte zur Kunst which was founded in Cologne in 1990 by Stefan Germer (†) and Isabelle Graw and has been published, since 2000, in Berlin. In 2020 the magazine will celebrate its 30th anniversary and the reading sessions will provide an opportunity to get re-accquainted with important texts written for it throughout its existence.

Texte zur Kunst stands for controversial discussions and contributions by internationally leading writers on contemporary art and culture. Alongside ground-breaking essays, the quarterly magazine offers interviews, roundtable discussions, and comprehensive reviews on art, film, music, the market, fashion, art history, theory, and cultural politics. Since 2006, the journal's entire main section has been published in both German and English. Additionally, each issue features exclusive editions by internationally renowned artists, who generously support the magazine by producing a unique series. Since 2018 Colin Lang is the Editor-in-chief of the magazine.

Michaela Melián, Electric Ladyland (Detail), 2016