Roswitha von den Driesch und Jens-Uwe Dyffort

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installation, 2021

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For minutes on end, a synthesised voice reads out a script the programming of an internet rating portal on which a "ranking" is generated using algorithmic ratings of people offering a service.

This spoken script forms the basis for an image animation. For each word or character, for example < (smaller than), span, class or = (is equal to), Roswitha von den Driesch and Jens-Uwe Dyffort found the corresponding images via search engines on the Internet. By linking images and sound, 4 image animations were created that can be heard and seen on 4 smartphones. They not only raise questions about evaluation and rating systems on the internet, but also address the trend towards self-improvement with the help of self-optimisation apps.

The speakers are Veena, Tessa, Alex and Daniel.


Roswitha von den Driesch studied fine arts at the Berlin Weißensee School of Art (diploma and master's degree). She also took part in seminars at the Electroacoustic Studio of the Technical University of Berlin.

Jens-Uwe Dyffort studied music and composition at the University of the Arts. Both live in Berlin and have been working together since 1996.

They have received numerous grants for the realisation of their artistic works, including the 2019 Hill End Artist Stipend, New South Wales, Australia, the 2018 Global Cultural Exchange Grant from the State of Berlin and the 2012 Villa Aurora (Los Angeles) Residency Grant. In 2006 they were awarded the German Sound Art Prize and in 2012 the Experimental Film Prize Ruhr. Their sound and video installations have been shown in London, Rome, Marseille, Hong Kong, Metz and Berlin, for example. 2021 during the exhibition "Klangkunstprojekte" at the Days of Industrial Culture Frankfurt am Main, 2020 in the urban space of Coesfeld, Kunstverein Münsterland, 2018 at Bathurst Regional Gallery NSW / Australia and Benyamini CC Centre, Tel Aviv, 2016 at KunstFestSpielen Herrenhausen, Hannover, 2009 at Donaueschinger Musiktage, 2008 at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg and during the festival Tuned City -architecture and sound, Hamburger Bahnhof, museum for contemporary art, Berlin. Music and radio pieces were premiered by the WDR Studio Akustische Kunst and by the Hessischer Rundfunk hr2-kultur.