The Hacking Orchestra

performance / 2016

Three-week project at the Köln International School of Design, Cologne. 


Köln International School of Design, Cologne  


together with

Prof. Nina Juric

Manuel Alejandro Juarez Saucedo




What is the “audiovisual character” of a thing? How can we sensually invent, re-interpret, and transform it within the context of a band? In December 2016, students of KISD became “The Hacking Orchestra” and digged deeper into the “principles of misuse” of objects and explored the modes of “instant playing”.


The “Hacking Orchestra” invited students and the public to an audiovisual live set on December 9, 2016, at KISD. And as it should be for a real band – there were blenders mixed, wardrobes kicked, razors effected, referee high seats sensorized, marbles synthesized, water amplified, and TVs destroyed. “The Hacking Orchestra” is a project set up of a wired sound park of found objects.


Students from different semesters hacked everyday objects in unusual ways in order to explore their pitch singularities. They enhanced experiences on improvisation with hardware and software. They designed different inputs and outputs, creating circuits, translations, compositions, and notations. They discovered live dramaturgy and proved the affordance of space. In only ten days, they had to find and act together as dialoguing futurists and bizarre musicians.



Dino Jin Tanaka, Dieter Pilger, Jakob Plöns, Kyosuke Ishii, Martin Samuel Simpson, Stefanie Grawe