Patrick Frank

The composer and cultural theorist Patrick Frank was born in Rio de Janeiro and studied piano, music theory and composition at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) as well as cultural studies, philosophy and sociology at the University of Lucerne.

In addition to numerous instrumental works for various ensembles, he has created intermedial, music-theatrical and installative works in recent years, such as the project \”SEIN/NICHTS\”, performed at the WorldNewMusic Days04′ in Zurich, among others, the concert installation \”Limina\” as a co-production of IGNM Basel with the European Center for the Arts Hellerau, \”wir sind aussergewöhnlich I-III\” (2012-2014), the project \”Freiheit – die eutopische Gesellschaft\” for the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2015 and \”Und was erlöst uns heute?\”

Frank\’s works have been performed at renowned festivals and theaters such as the Munich Biennale, the Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wien Modern, Rainy Days (Luxembourg), Theater Basel, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW Berlin), Gessnerallee Zürich, Festival Rümlingen, Tonlagen Hellerau, Tage für Neue Musik Zürich, Festivale La Batie (Geneva) and others.

Patrick Frank also writes and publishes texts on contemporary music in \”Positionen – Texte zur aktuellen Musik\”, in \”MusikTexte\” and, until its discontinuation in 2018, in \”dissonance\”.
His interest in cultural theory is focused on the diagnosis of the present and the question of what (Western) society can know. For several years, he has been working on a social observation model with the terms \”quantity\” / \”quality\”, \”negation\” / \”affirmation\” / \”hyperaffirmation\”. He was research assistant at the Institute for Theory at the Zurich University of the Arts and has been working on his doctorate at the ZHdK on the topic of \”Difference polarity and hyperaffirmation\” since 2018. Patrick Frank also runs the only analog photo booth in Switzerland in Zurich.

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