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Will Saunders (born 1983 in Stockton-On-Tees, UK) is a sound artist who lives and works in Cologne, Germany. A queer, self-taught musician, he studied Sonic Arts at Middlesex University London and continues to practice and research in that field, completing his PhD (Music) at Westminster University, London in 2019.
Saunders practices is collaborative contexts, working with many musicians, theatre makers, choreographers and visual artists in Germany, the UK and internationally. Recent projects have engaged with the fluid continuum of identity and involved periods of funded practice in Japan and Brazil.
Key collaborators to date include Lea Anderson, Steve Blake, Dickie Beau, Hans Diernberger, Ayesha Hameed Anna Homler, Theresa Hupp, Sarah Kenchington, Lucía Imaz King, Gwendolin Lamping, Lucy Parker, Stephan Reusse, and Simon Vincenzi.
Projects with work from Saunders have been exhibited or performed internationally, including @: The Southbank Centre, London; Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art; The Theatre Centre, Toronto; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Fuhrwerkswaage Kunstraum, Cologne; Centro em Movimento, Lisbon; The Barbican Centre, London; Kunstmuseum Celle; Alte Feuerwache, Cologne; Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London; IBT International Festival, Bristol; Festival of Women, Ljubljana, Slovenia; The Goethe Institute, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Ichiuroko Gallery, Tamashima, Japan; Glasmoog Raum für Kunst, Cologne.
The project "#360baleado" from Hans Diernberger and Saunders was made possible and initiated during a residency at Vila Sul at the Goethe Institute, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, 2018.
The video/sound installation “LANYC” from Hans Diernberger and Saunders was selected for the Marl International Media Art Awards, 2016.
Dickie Beau’s “Camera Lucida” theatre show, with sound and music concept from Saunders, was the winner of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, 2014.