Publication "Universal Receptivity"

published as print and web version

"Universal Receptivity", 2021, Gestaltung: Kristina Tautz

The publication Universal Receptivity is based on a seminar of the same name that took place from October 22, 2018 to January 26, 2019 under the direction of Kerstin Stakemeier, Professor of Art Theory and Mediation at AdBK Nuremberg, and Bill Dietz, composer and Co-Chair of the Music/Sound Department at Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in Upstate New York. 

The idea of the course was to address reception and participation as two vital modes of human (aesthetic) experience that are arrested in the modern figure of the audience: that group of addressees not usually seen as shaping or form-giving actors, but who are rather thought of as recipients of something that exists autonomously from them. How would the social role of the artistic change if one's own production were understood as a receptive practice? What if reception were to precede production? What is our production as recipients?

In order to address these questions together with a group of students, Dietz and Stakemeier began each of the seminar sessions with one of the scripted lectures that now form the basis of this publication. These were distributed to the students, who in turn created protocols and commentaries in their own written and drawn forms. These were continuously reshaped and revised in dialogue with Dietz and Stakemeier, and then edited together for the publication designed by Kristina Tautz

Both the print and web versions of this publication retain the essential structure of the seminar. In the print version, Dietz and Stakemeier’s ten lectures run along the bottom half of the page and are accompanied by the students' contributions above. In the web version, the scripted lectures have been placed on the left and the comments parallel to them on the right.


The publication is in English. The print-edition is A4, 155 pages. 

With contributions by Bill Dietz and Kerstin Stakemeier, as well as Susanne Dundler, David Grimm, Nele Jäger, Bokyoung Jeong, Katharina Kiupel, Evelyn Kliesch, Simone Körner, Kai Oh, Rebecca Praechter, Valeria Stufelesser, Guoxin Tian, and Hans Wirsching.


Design: Kristina Tautz
Web design: Kristina Tautz / Sebastian Franz



The web version is available at


Copies of the limited edition print-run are available by request at

Published: 04/29/2021

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