Berlin Faculty: The Clive Davis Institute x Berlin

Part-time Lecturer, Conversations in the Global Music Business

Mat Dryhurst is an artist who releases music, research and artworks solo and in conjunction with creative partner Holly Herndon and the record label PAN. He has most recently been touring the world with Holly in support of their critically acclaimed album 'Platform' (4AD/RVNG Intl.), which included a stint supporting Radiohead on their European tour. Outside of music he released the decentralized publishing framework Saga, that enables discrete interactions between an artist and their audience, and a number of audio plays that derive their narrative from the personal information of listeners. As well as working on new material and teaching at NYU Berlin, he also advises the music streaming platform co-operative He studied at UCLA's Design Media Arts MFA Program, and earned his undergraduate in Media Arts from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Part-time Lecturer, Creative Experiments with Emerging Music Technologies

Moritz Simon Geist is a musician, maker and robotics engineer. He works on the progression of music and robots and is founder of the Sonic Robots. Geist’s projects range from robotic music performances to acoustic sound installations. His mechanic instruments and performances have been shown in numerous European festivals and exhibitions throughout the last years. He collaborates with performers such as Mouse on Mars and Tyondai Braxton and holds talks on the progression of robotics and society. He was awarded the Artist-In-Residence-Stipend for the Free State of Saxony and the Visual Music Award, 2017. His background is both as a classical musician and a robotics engineer, with an expertise in prototyping technologies and 3-D Printing.

"His concept is treating some important questions of the future, like the perception of technology, the robotization of society or the artificial intelligence, but still comes in a very playful and entertaining way: through electronic music." (Alain Bieber)

Part-time Lecturer, Popular Music in Germany: History, Culture, Politics

Heiko Hoffmann is a German journalist, curator, lecturer and consultant. He's been editor-in-chief of Groove magazine, an industry-leading electronic music magazine, for the past 17 years. Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he's written for international publications such as Pitchfork, Spin and Sound & Recording (Japan) and hosts his own show Nightflight on German public radio station Fritz. Heiko has been a key-note speaker and panelist at festivals such as Sonar, MIDEM, ATP and ADE. He's a member of the board of advisers at Goethe institute and jury member of a number of international artist programs.

Part-time Lecturer, Experiments in the Future of Performing & Producing

Colin Self is a compos­er and choreographer based in Brooklyn and Berlin. He creates mu­sic, performance, and environments for ex­panding consciousness, troubling binaries and boundaries of perception and communication. His recent work, The Elation Series, is a six-part sequential opera about queer family and glob­al transfiguration. In 2015 he released his debut solo record Elation and toured with Radiohead as a part of the Holly Herndon trio.  Colin has presented work at The Dutch National Opera, HAU Berlin, The New Museum, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen NYC, Issue Project Room, amongst various other festivals and venues internationally. Self is a Rhizome Commission Grant recipient for his video proj­ect ClumpTV, a Queer Art Mentorship Fellow, and was an Eyebeam Resident in 2016. He is a co-founder of queer collective Chez Deep, and The Radical Diva Grant, and was a vocalist and performer for the band SSION. His recent work, The Fool, was co-created with Raul De Nieves and presented at The Kitchen NYC in 2017. His most recent opera, Siblings (Elation VI) pre­miered at Donau Festival in Krems, Austria in 2017 and was presented at PS1 MoMA in March 2018. He has made music for various choreog­raphers including a musical collaboration with Miguel Gutierrez for Jen Rosenblit and Simone Aughterlony’s Everything Fits in the Room. He recently completed his MFA at the Bard Milton-Avery Program and runs a non-utili­tarian choir internationally. Self is a 2018 res­ident fellow at Etopia for FUGA in Zaragoza, Spain and will be releasing his second record Siblingson RVNG International in late 2018.