CAN and Me

Documentary, DE, 2022, R: Tessa Knapp, Michael P. Aust, 85 min

As part of the Cologne band CAN, the German musician Irmin Schmidt invented »Krautrock«, wrote operas and ventured into film music for names like Wim Wenders. He studied with greats such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and György Ligeti and worked as a conductor for many years. His work extends into electronic music.


  • Filmmakers on site


Tessa Knapp

  • Media art and film studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne
  • Was awarded numerous prizes and travel grants, her works were presented in national as well as in international exhibitions
  • Works space- and time-based in the fields of media art, installation, art in public space and performance
  • A professor for installation, media and performance at the Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft in Bonn since 2022

Filmography (selection)

  • 99 Beautiful (2010)

Michael P. Aust

  • Studied business administration, art history, theater-, film- and television science and cultural management in Cologne and Vienna
  • Founded TelevisorTroika in 1993, works as a cultural organizer, producer and curator
  • 2004: Foundation of SoundTrack_Cologne, festival director
  • Festival Director Braunschweig International Film Festival from 2014-2019
  • 2020: Foundation of SoundTrack_Zurich, head management

Filmography (selection)

  • The Sound of Cologne (2022)
  • Eva Hesse (2015)
  • Pommes Essen (2012)
  • LowiLights (2009)
  • Der Traum vom Schweben (2005)
  • 101 Reykjavik (2000)