studied fine arts with Claus Böhmler and Ernst Mitzka at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg until 1992. Motivated by guest professors such as Henning Christiansen, Phil Corner and Mauricio Kagel, he was already concerned from the beginning with the question of the proportions of auditory and visual representations and correspondingly with the mechanisms of synaesthetic perception. The light and sound installations often make direct reference to the spaces for which they are set up. Such a space can then be understood as a self-playing instrument in which sounds are generated by various simple mechanisms and from movements of light. Küntzel has already exhibited in European countries such as Budapest, Eindhoven, Clamart, Bialystock and Stockholm, as well as in Goethe Institutes in New Delhi, Krokow and Toronto. In 2002 he received the 1st German Sound Art Prize (WDR and Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl) for the concept of SEISMOPHONIE and in 2003 the Berlin Sound Art Scholarship for a research project on voice imitations in starlings. Lives in Berlin.