Bob Ostertag Master Class and Concert

July 13th, 2012 until July 14th, 2012
Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, 1017WK Amsterdam Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, 1017WK Amsterdam

We are extremely happy to have electronic / improvised / experimental music innovator, writer, activist, journalist, and many other things – Bob Ostertag to return to STEIM for a 2 day master class and concert.

There are very few whose work has been as diverse but as consistent as Bob Ostertag’s. Whether working as a free improvisor or a social justice activist, exploring multi-media performances or conspiring with the Yes Men, teaching kayaking or Cultural Studies, there is a strong will and commitment that as musicians and artists we all aspire for. What’s even more exciting is that he is back to doing music.

The 2 day program will feature a series of lectures by Bob, and intimate discussion sessions with the participants. On the evening of July 14, there will be a special concert by Bob, and two other concerts featuring brand new work by Jaap Blonk and Jonathan Reus.

Date: July 13 & 14
Fee: 25 euros (including concert)
Address: STEIM (front side): Achtergracht 19, 1017WL Amsterdam
RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE: Bob Ostertag Master Class Registeration

Friday, July 13th
13:00 – 15:00 Masterclass Session 1
16:00 – 18:00 Masterclass Session 2

Saturday, July 14th
11:00 – 13:00 Masterclass Session 3
14:30 – 16:30 Masterclass Session 4

3 Solo Sets by: Bob Ostertag, Jaap Blonk, Jonathan Reus
Date: July 14
Charge: 5 euros
Start: 20:30
Address: STEIM (Backside): Utrechtsedwaarsstraat 134, 1017WK Amsterdam

Bob Ostertag
Composer, performer, historian, instrument builder, journalist, activist, kayak instructor, Bob Ostertag’s work cannot easily be summarized or pigeon-holed. He has published 21 CDs of music, two movies, two DVDs, and three books. His writings on contemporary politics have been published on every continent and in many languages. Electronic instruments of his own design are at the cutting edge of both music and video performance technology. He has performed at music, film, and multi-media festivals around the globe. His radically diverse collaborators include the Kronos Quartet, avant garder John Zorn, heavy metal star Mike Patton, jazz great Anthony Braxton, dyke punk rocker Lynn Breedlove, drag diva Justin Bond, Quebecois film maker Pierre Hubert, and others. He is rumored to have connections to the shadowy media guerrilla group The Yes Men. In March 2006 Ostertag made all of his recordings to which he owns the rights available as free digital downloads under a Creative Commons license. He is currently Professor of Technocultural Studies and Music at the University of California at Davis. More at


Here are samples from Bob’s lectures:
1. Overview of my work.
Reading: Creative Life, Chapters 1-3 and Conclusion.

2. Two Projects: Say No More and Living Cinema
Reading: Creative Life, Chapter 4.

3. The Place of the Body in Technology-Intensive Music.
Reading: “Are Two Dimensions Enough?” and “The Prospects of Recording.”

4. The Changing Meaning of Improvisation over 100 Years
No reading.

5. The ____ of _______ in the Age of Electronic Distribution.
Reading: “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” and “In Plato’s Cave.”

And a possible reading list:
Benjamin, Walter. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” Illuminations. Ed. Hanna Arendt. New York: Shocken Books, 1968. (available online)

Gould, Glen. “The Prospects of Recording.” Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music. High Fidelity Magazine, vol. 16, no. 4, April 1966, pp. 46-63. Eds. Christopher Cox and Daniel Warner. New York: Continuum, 1966. (available online)

Ostertag, Bob. Creative Life: Music, Politics, People, and Machines. Champaign, IL: Illinois University Press, 2009.

Ostertag, Bob. “Are Two Dimensions Enough?” (unpublished manuscript attached to this email.)

Sontag, Susan. On Photography. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977. Chapter One, “In Plato’s Cave.” (available online)

Hotpot Lab #7: Bob Ostertag from STEIM Amsterdam on Vimeo.