Job title: Chancellor's Fellow – Reader


Research outputs: Florian Hecker on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Florian Hecker works with synthetic sound, the listening process and the audience's auditory experience. After completing his diploma in Fine Arts at the University of Fine Arts Vienna, he's been realizing an extensive range of projects, exploring postwar compositional modernity, audiology, and psychoacoustical knowledge. Before joining ECA as a Chancellor's Fellow in 2014, he thought at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he established the course Introduction to Sound Creations in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.
Since 1996, Hecker has given a multitude of performances and concerts internationally, both in major concert halls and festivals for contemporary electronic music. His work Inspection (Maida Vale Project) has been commissioned by BBC Radio 3 as the BBC's first-ever live binaural broadcast, and FAVN has been presented at Alte Oper Frankfurt in partnership with MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (both 2016). His collaboration with Reza Negarestani, A Script for Machine Synthesis has been performed at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Maison de la Radio, Paris, (both 2015); and Formulation (FLV Project) was presented as part of the inaugural exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2014). 

Recent major exhibitions and performances include Florian Hecker - Synthetic Statistics, Porta 33 Funchal, Portugal; SynAsTex Korrektur, Scuola di Ingegneria e Architettura, Bologna, Italy (all 2019); Florian Hecker - Synopsis / Seriation, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, CO, USA (2018); Florian Hecker - Halluzination, Perspektive, Synthese, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Florian Hecker - Synopsis, Tramway, Glasgow (both 2017); Florian Hecker - Formulations, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (2016); Florian Hecker - Formulations, Culturgest, Porto; and those at Künstlerhaus Graz, and Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (all 2015); Sadie Coles HQ, London; Galerie Neu / MD72, Berlin; Articulação, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; documenta 13, Kassel; and Nouveau Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (all 2012). Hecker has an extensive discography, including Inspection II (Editions Mego, Vienna & Urbanomic, Falmouth, UK, 2019);  A Script for Machine Synthesis (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2017); Articulação Sintetico (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2017); Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera (Pan, Berlin, 2015); Speculative Solution (Editions Mego, Vienna Urbanomic, Falmouth, UK,  2011); and Acid in the Style of David Tudor (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2009).

Florian is predominantly involved in PGR supervision and is currently supervising five PhD students. He contributes to the Research Methods component for the MSc, MPhil and PhD candidates in the School of Art. He also taught on the MA & MFA Contemporary Art Practice programme.

Hecker's artistic practice explores avant-garde trajectories of modernity in performance art, installation and psychoacoustics. Recent projects include major solo exhibitions and performances that stage shifting notions of timbre, sound as an Immaterial, and objective-physical stimuli with their psychological and physical impact. Key to this field is the unresolved nature of our' objects of hearing'. Here Hecker's research considers new aspects of timbre related to machine listening, their measurement and cultural significance. In line with the history of the quantification of sensation, since the late 19th-century timbre that is described by what the Canadian psychologists Albert Bregman and Steve McAdams have phrased as a 'multidimensional waste-basket category' for everything intractable to analysis.

Current PhD students