Im Rausch der Isar (The Rapture Of The Isar)

Im Rausch der Isar (The Rapture Of The Isar) Tracing the Isar river: The interdisciplinary art project also includes a photography workshop in black and white Franziska von Gagern

A literary and musical art project open to everyone: If you find the Isar a source of creative inspiration, then don’t miss this invitation from the Münchner Volkshochschule adult education centre and the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich to a series of workshops involving writing, musical composition and photography. Anyone can register for the participative Isar arts project – you don’t need to have any prior knowledge or experience – and it will kick off on 12 June.

The Isar as a source of inspiration
The Isar is the life blood of Munich, rushing rapturously through the city – wild water surrounded by idyllic meadows, an almost pristine yet popular area for leisure and recreation, even a place of myth and legend. What associations, fantasies, rhythms or sounds do you associate with the Isar? What writing or musical compositions might they inspire? And what happens if you combine text and sound?

Participative Isar art project open to everyone – no prior knowledge or experience necessary
The Münchner Volkshochschule adult education centre and the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich are issuing an invitation to a joint Isar project as part of the Gasteig’s interdisciplinary cultural education programme. Students and interested amateurs from across Munich will work together in teams and pairs to develop musical and literary short pieces. Taking inspiration from the river, participants in a number of workshops will research, write, improvise, compose, play music and take photographs. All being well, the results will be presented in spring 2022 just a short distance uphill from the Isar – in Gasteig HP8, Gasteig’s temporary home in Sendling while the original Gasteig is undergoing renovation.

Kick-off and introduction of project and participants, workshop
Saturday, 12 June 2021, 11 AM to 2 PM
MVHS Education Centre, Lecture Hall 2, Einsteinstr. 28
Free event, booking required
Course number: M248420
Information about the kick-off (in German language)

Writing workshop with Dorothee Lossin
3 x Saturdays, 11 AM to 2 PM, Saturday, 10 July to Saturday, 25 September 2021, booking fee € 30
From history and sociology to fiction, poetry and journalism, the diversity of perspectives on and stories about the Isar is a source of inspiration for creative and experimental writing. The issue of suitable genres has intentionally been left open. You might choose to delve into the history of Munich or invent your own stories about the Isar and write poetry about Munich’s river. Course number: M248421, Information (in German language)

Composing workshop with Prof. Jan Müller-Wieland/Johannes X. Schachtner
Kick-off on Saturday, 12 June 2021, 11 AM to 2 PM, other dates from October 2021 to March 2022, booking fee € 30
Students taking Prof. Jan Müller-Wieland’s composition class (HMTM) will work with interested amateurs. The first step will be to explore and analyse the material produced in the writing workshop, before moving on to communal experiments with sounds, noises and rhythms. Participants will continue to work in pairs and teams on musical short pieces that will then be rehearsed and performed in spring 2022 in Gasteig’s temporary home in Sendling. For anyone who loves music and enjoys being creative. No relevant experience is necessary, although you will be expected to commit to the project in the longer term until the joint performance. Course number: M270009, Information (in German language)

Stadt – Fluss – Isar (City – River – Isar). Photography Workshop with Photographer Franziska von Gagern
Introduction on Thursday, 30 September 2021, 6 to 9 PM, four other dates from October 2021 to February 2022, course fee € 94
A companion photography project in black and white – analogue and/or digital. The river is music, the river is a poem, the river is an image. Participants in the photography workshop will join photographer Franziska von Gagern in a quest to determine whether and how the poetry and sounds of the river can also be captured and displayed in images. This process can draw inspiration from music and literature. Participants should have basic photography skills and be able to work independently as they will take their own photographs on location. Monthly project meetings will be held to discuss photographs. We are planning a presentation of the photographs that are taken, to accompany the musical performance and readings. Course number: M256260, Information (in German language)

Contact & people involved: Prof. Jan Müller-Wieland / Johannes X. Schachtner (composition workshop), Dorothee Lossin (writing workshop), project managed by Marianne Müller-Brandeck and Dorothee Lossin. Contact: Dorothee Lossin,, +49 89 48006-6728, Marianne Müller-Brandeck,, +49 89 48006-6715

For further information and an overview of all project dates (in German language), please visit

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