Senior Lecturer, School of Creative Arts
A performing musician and Senior Lecturer in music and sonic arts, Franziska's research focuses on the intersection of critical theory and performance in technology-informed environments.
She created 'Big Ears', a public engagement project in collaboration with the Belfast Children's Festival that aims to create a social impact through music by introducing children aged four and up to new sounds and giving them the opportunity to become performers themselves.
Her current project, ‘Distributed Listening – socially engaged art’, is focused on engaging young people in listening and discovering the role of sound in everyday life. It was developed in collaboration with Belfast’s Lyric Theatre and 42nd Street, a Manchester-based young people’s mental health charity. The project is funded by the AHRC.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a foodie, which means that I like exploring unusual flavours and combinations, but I don’t cook since my partner is incredible with food. I also like to go for short runs and I relax by doing advanced yoga poses, which keep me aiming for something new every day.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without?
I like my iPad when I travel, especially for catching up on news and watching films in the evening.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I was born in a communist country (East Germany) but I grew up in West Berlin, as my father had been bought free by the West German government in the late 1970s. My father had been given a ten-year prison sentence of which, fortunately, he only served 15 months.
Outside of your research interests, what fascinates you?
I really like people, but more specifically I like to encounter new cultures and to be exposed to foreign languages (even if I don’t understand them) as I am fascinated by the sounds of languages.
If you could work with any famous musician who would it be and why?
If he was still alive I would probably ask the most obvious of German composers, Ludwig von Beethoven, to give me a composition lesson.
With regards to a living musician, I really admire the Icelandic singer-songwriter and composer Björk.