Andi Otto holds a PhD in Kulturwissenschaften (Cultural Sciences). His thesis discusses the role of the performing body in electronic music along the history of the STEIM SensorLab, a device developed in the 1980s that pioneered the use of sensor technologies in experimental live music. He lectures at the Hochschule der Künste Bern (CH), University of Basel (CH), Leuphana University Lueneburg and at Humboldt University Berlin on the intersection of sound arts, media stusies and musicology. His key interest is the interface of body and sound in electronic music and the ambiguities of instrumental practice in digitally produced music. The theories of these subjects find direct links to his artistic output, especially in the concepts of his Fello system.

Academic background:

  • 2020: Lecturer at the University of Basel, Dept. of Media Studies. Subject: Sound Cultures, mediality of electronic music.
  • 2014-2018: Lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin (Dept. of Musicology)
  • Since 2012: Artistic/ academic coach in regular “Toolbox” project weeks at HKB Bern (CH), topics: "Repetition is Change”, "Mimikry, Mimesis & Camouflage".
  • 2010-2016: PhD project: Research on Michel Waisvisz’ “The Hands” and other instruments at STEIM in Amsterdam. Development of an historical overview of STEIM projects with a focus on Waisvisz' archive.
  • 2011: Lecturer at MHMK in Hamburg, subject: audio technologies
  • Since 2009: Lecturer at HKB Bern (CH), subject: media theories, artificial intelligence
  • 2009: Lecturer at Leuphana University Lueneburg, subject: musical interfaces
  • 2009: Research associate at ((audio)), Leuphana University Lueneburg
  • 2008: Master in Applied Cultural Sciences at the Leuphana University of Lueneburg. Majors: Musicology and Linguistics.
Prototype of The Web at STEIM
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Writings (Selection)