Acts Of Attention (Traces) explores listening as an activity in relation to space. The installation presents uniform envelopes of seven archetypical elements of the Rietveld Building together with the artist’s own musical interpretation of their sonic origins. The sound piece (21’) is entirely produced from sounds derived from the process of tracing and those of the elements themselves. An interplay between manifestation and alienation allows for multiple perspectives on the work.
Acts Of Attention (Traces) aims to increase auditory sensitivity, to make aware that listening forms a highly important, yet often neglected part of our being in the world as sensory entities. In tracing architectural elements physically and sonically, Alexander Köppel developed a way of paying attention in which he concludes and initiates his multidisciplinary approach to the making and the perception of spaces. In the end, he points at the benefits and surprises of deliberately devoting attention to appearances previously unnoticed and hints towards imagined realities within listening. In parallel to the installation, one is invited to find intriguing listening spots across the Rietveld Campus with the help of a small map. Specific floor tiles have been replaced, now showing a visual representation of the sonic effects present at each location. These marks aim to help discover the richness of the very sounds we are surrounded by every day.

Graduation project. Photographs: Public Rietveld, Robert Glas 2019

Acts of Attention

Alexander Köppel (1992, Munich) is an artist, spatial designer and musician currently based in Amsterdam. His work fuses sound and space into sensorial experiences - conveyed through installations, architectural investigations, sound production, sound performance, visual and narrative elements. Interested in investigating themes such as perception, time and immaterial value, Alexander Köppel creates subtle, engaging atmospheres and intends to guide into acts of attention.

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2017 -




Bachelor of Arts
Architectural Design
Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Scholarship by the German Academic
Exchange Service (DAAD)

Internship & artist residency
Spatial Sound Institute, Budapest

Bachelor of Arts
Interior Architecture
Burg Giebichenstien
University of Art and Design, Halle

Alexander Köppel has worked for:

Studio Müller van Tol
Studio LA







Heard and Seen

Acts of Attention (Traces)
Graduation Show 2019
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

Gleaming Discovery
Sound production for Adrian Stoica’s
Bachelor Collection – Fashion show
Burg Giebichenstein – University of Art and Design Halle

Performance in collaboration with Laura Dubourjal and Moa Holgersson
Butcher’s Tears, Amsterdam

Re enactment of my childhood memories
Score for Laura Dubourjal’s gradua-
tion film – Graduation show 2018
Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Performance in 4DSOUND
Spatial Sound Institute Budapest

A Technocratic Entity
Group exhibition - Rietveld Uncut
Brakke Grond, Amsterdam