International Light Art Project

Kurt Laurenz Theinert / Lukas Pearse

Visual Piano
Photo: Eberhard Weible


The Chocolate Museum, Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A, 50678 Cologne


Visual Piano
since 2008/ work in progress, room filling projection, 20-25Min.


Visual Piano, a worldwide unique instrument that plays animated visual imagery, was conceived and developed by light artist and photographer Kurt Laurenz Theinert and the software developers Roland Blach and Phillip Rahlenbeck. A MIDI keyboard makes it possible to generate a wide variety of graphic patterns and project them into the room from a projector. Unlike conventional VJ software and hardware, the spontaneous, dynamic “light drawings” are not based on stored clips. Every moment of the performance is played and modulated live, in real time from the keyboard and pedals.


Kurt Laurenz Theinert
born 1963 in Hannover [de]
lives and works in Stuttgart [de]


Kurt Laurenz Theinert is a photographer and performative light and media artist. In his work, he concentrates on visual experiences and strives for an abstract aesthetic. His artistic research into the de-materialization of images has led him to light, not only as the recording material of photography but also as a medium of display. During the first edition of //RESPONSIVE in October 2017 in Halifax, he collaborated for the first time with musician Lukas Pearse.


Diploma Designer, State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart / Leicester University, Leicester [gb]


exhibitions (selected)


Pianotopia, light and sound performance, with Chris Geisler and Kurt Holzkämper, Theaterhaus Stuttgart
Pianotopia, Siebenklang Festival, Wasserturm Bernau [de]


Cidneon, light and sound performance, Brescia [it]
Dreaming our Woods,multimedia theatre, Corby [gb]
serial light, light and sound performance with Michael Sattelberger, organ, Hospitalkrche Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Camp Festival, light and sound performance, camp festival, Sofia [bg]


Beauty Broken, light and music performance, with Shasta Ellenbogen: Viola, Stadthaus Ulm [de]
Space Unfolding, audiovisual improvisation environment, with the vocal ensemble Trondheim Voicesand Asle Karstad, whitebox, Munich [de]
Interferences, International Light Art Project, light-sound-performance, Medina Tunis [tn]


tracing_OS dance, light and music performance, Bauhaus Dessau; with Klaus Jannek, sound and Eva Baumann, dance, Bauhaus Dessau [de] und WKV Stuttgart, Stuttgart


››more about Kurt Laurenz Theinert


Lukas Pearse
born 1971 in Halifax [ca]
lives and works in Halifax


Lukas Pearse is the Multi-faceted musician, composer, and media artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He works with basses, sound, image and technology in many ways, using acoustic, electric and electronic instruments; mechanical, analogue and digital sound recordings, sound diffusion techniques for installation, modern dance and concert performance.

Lukas Pearse also explores live visuals and interactive projections using both analogue video and computer vision. As a performer in improvised music, new music, indie rock, jazz, folk and “world” music, he also works as a film sound designer, Foley artist and film composer.

Since 2015, Lukas Pearse has served as the Artistic Director of the Upstream Music Association, Halifax.


MA, Contemporary Music, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London [gb]


BA, Contemporary Music, Dalhousie University, Halifax


BA, Fine Arts / Intermedia, NASCAD University, Halifax


Performance / Concerts (selected)


Re:Flux Festiva, Moncton [ca]


Banff Centre For the Arts, Alberta [ca]


Studio for Electro-Instrumentral Music STEIM, Amsterdam [nl]


››more about Lukas Pearse


"Collumina", Cologne with Lukas Pearse from kurt laurenz theinert on Vimeo.

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