Felix Gerloff
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Felix Gerloff

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Feb 2019-Apr 2019)

PhD candidate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Felix Gerloff was awarded his Masters in cultural history and theory by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2013, with a thesis on the netlabelism movement and free music on the web. His doctoral project investigates programming as a cultural technique, computational thinking, and coding epistemologies in human–machine collaborations. He works on this topic as a junior researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, FHNW (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland), as part of the project Machine Love? Creativity Cultures in Underground Electronic Music and Software Engineering. At the MPIWG, he is a visiting predoctoral fellow in the research group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics,” where he is working with Sebastian Schwesinger on the history of the decibel.

His interests include sound studies (especially sonic modes of thinking and reasoning), digital cultures, and media theory. Since 2011, he has organized the sound studies colloquium and public lecture series “KlangDenken” (sonic thinking) in Berlin in collaboration with Sebastian Schwesinger. He also works as a project manager and curator.

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Inventing the Decibel: An Episode in the History of Sonic Thinking

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