Johannes Kretz


"Tools of thinking for interdisciplinary creative work in the 21st century" 

The end of the 20th century will probably turn out to have been a major turning point in the long term development of intellectual history, (and therefore also art, which is always connected of an époque's mentality.) The success story of enlightenment with all its economical, sociological and also artistic implications cannot be neglected, but it was mainly gained at the cost of more and more specialization, subdivision of spheres and a loss of the synoptic view. 

At the beginning of the 21th century it becomes obvious, that this development cannot continue in a linear fashion. One of the most important challenges for the current generation is the development and distribution of new mental tools for dealing in a holistic way with complexity in the context of a globalized, highly networked environment, and it seems that the insights of biologists in the mechanisms of nature leading to new theories like "Evolutionary Epistemology" (Riedl, Popper, Lorenz) and "Bio-Cybernetics" (Vester) could serve as the highly needed starting point for a new school of thinking. 

It was not a coincidence, that dodecaphony appeared at the moment, when monarchy in Europe collapsed. And it is not a coincidence, that interdisciplinary art forms get important in the moment, where holistic and ecological thinking becomes a question of survival of mankind. Therefore the author dares to sketch and illustrate with examples a possible thinking framework for music and interdisciplinary performing arts in general, which is mainly based on the formalization of organic interactive relating of parameters. 

"Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves." Nagajuna, second century Buddhist philosopher 

"Nothing, in the development of this world, can be understood in isolated manner" ("Nichts, in der Entwicklung dieser Welt, ist für sich allein zu verstehen.") Rupert Riedl: Zufall, Chaos, Sinn, Wien-Stuttgart 1999 


Born 1968 in Vienna. ; studies (composition, pedagogy) at the music academy Vienna with F.BURT and M.JARRELL ; studies of mathematics at the University Vienna ; 1992/93: studies at IRCAM, Paris with M.STROPPA and B.FERNEYHOUGH, development of a software-environement ("KLANGPILOT") for sound synthesis ; 1994: co-founder/board member of the NewTonEnsemble ( and iKultur ( ; 1994-2003: teacher for computer music at the international Bartok Seminar in Szombathely (H) ; 1996-2001: teacher for music theory and composition at the conservatory of Vienna ; since 1997: teacher for for computer music at the academy in Vienna, since 2001 also music theory, since 2004 assistant for composition in the class of Michael Jarrell. ; numerous performances in Austria, Germany, France, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Turkey, Argentinia and South Korea ; commissions of works from Konzerthaus Wien, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble On Line, Ensemble exxj, Lemgoer Orgeltage, Haller Bachtage, Triton Trombone Quartett, Wiener Kammerchor ; 

prizes: STIFTUNG CHRISTOPH DELZ (CH, 2002), Körner prize Austria 2004, composition prize of the Austrian government 2004.  

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