Helmut Lemke

Imagine you have a plastic bottle….

You fill it with water and you hang it upside down….

You make a little hole in the cap….

and then you sit back, you wait and you listen –

drips appear – they fall – they hit


… inaudible when the water squeezes through the little hole

… imaginable when it falls

… audible when it hits

Events like this drive Helmut Lemke’s curiosity.

Since he started his journey into the world of sound more than 30 years ago, he investigated sounds that are around us, some are obvious, some are familiar, some have to be found… and he has performed and exhibited process based work responding to his investigations.

His endeavour has taken him to concert halls and outdoor markets, to Galleries and Museums and to the frozen seas off Greenland, to Function Rooms of Pubs and to International Festivals. He has presented his work all over the globe, collaborating with other Sound Artists and Musicians, with Dancers and Scientists, Visual Artists and Architects, Poets and  Archaeologists, Performance

Artists and Wildlife Rangers.

Sound Artist

But who is Helmut Lemke………

(1953 Lippstadt – G)

Sound, the audible, the inaudible and the imaginable, is the basis of Lemkes’ work.

Since 30 years he presents process based results of his investigations into site specific sound.

He has performed Concerts and Performances and exhibited Installations all over Europe  and Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.

His activities include Organisation & Management of Projects / Symposions / Festivals.

He has collaborated internationally with musicians, visual artists, poets, dancers, scientists, performers and Filmmakers.

Since 1995 he has taught at art academies & universities in Germany, France, England, Finland, Thailand.

He was Research Fellow in Interactive Arts (Media Events) at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997 and currently holds an AHRC-Fellowship at the University of Salford in which he researches the questions in how far sound is an appropriate tool for the representation of an environment at a specified time. His Research has taken him to Upernavik/Greenland, Reykjavik/Iceland, Koppelo/Finland and other places in Europe.

Awards & Residencies

From 1989 to 2001 Lemke ran the Label edition el C for the documentation of contemporary sound art practice.

Lemkes’ work is widely documented through Catalogues / CDs / Records / Videos http://www.sound-art.de/


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