The Animal Music Symposium intends to approach the various aspects of musical animal-machine interaction from an interdisciplinary perspective. Internationally renowned experts from the fields of animal cognition, computer science, contemporary arts and cultural studies will discuss the musical capabilities of animals and present the latest scientific, cultural and ethical findings in this field. This symposium and the related exhibition at Salzamt are part of the ongoing artistic-research project metamusic initiated by alien productions, which is dedicated to the design of musical instruments for grey parrots, a species known for its outstanding cognitive and communicative abilities.

The event will take place on Thursday, June 1st 2017
at the Audimax of the Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria.
free admission! Please register via mail to
All talks and presentations will be held in English language,
the event will be broadcast thanks to the support of Dorf TV

Meet & Greet:

Welcome notes from the University of Art and Design Linz by Dr. Andre Zogholy
Introduction and symposium moderation by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenbrunner, Institute of Media Studies



Irene Pepperberg (US): Communicative and Cognitive Abilities of Grey Parrots: A Connection to Music?

11h00-11h30 Clara Mancini (GB/IT): Animal-Computer Interaction: designing Interactive technology for and with animals
11h30-12h00 Marisa Höschele (AT/CA): Searching for cross-cultural music universals in other species
12h00-12h30 alien productions (AT): Metamusic – a sound project for and with Grey parrots

Lunch Break:

Visit to the metamusic installation at Atelierhaus Salzamt

14h30-15h00 Reinhard Gupfinger (AT): Animals Make Music: Current Trends in Non-Human Musical Expression
15h00-15h30 Daniel Gilfillan (US): Listening Before, Beyond, and Alongside the Human: On Parrots, Sound, and the Agency of the Non-Human.
15h30-16h00 Fahim Amir (AT): Promises of Pigeons and Dogs: What We Can Learn from Animal Aesthetics in the Black Public Sphere
16h00-16h30 Coffee Break
16h30-17h30 Panel Discussion

This event is curated by Univ.-Prof. Martin Dr. Kaltenbrunner and organized by the University of Art and Design Linz in collaboration with alien productions, ARGE Papageienschutz and Atelierhaus Salzamt. The metamusic project AR 349-G24 is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) programme for Arts-based Research (PEEK)