Three workshops, open to the general public and presented free of charge, will take place during CTM 2014.
Complementing the GenerationZ : ReNoise exhibiton on Russian sound art and music technology pioneers at CTM 2014, ReNoise will display both a variety of handmade amateur proletarian noise instruments as well as a selection of reconstructions of the more than 200 mechanical noise instruments invented by Vladimir Popov between the 1920-1950s, uniting both in an overview of instruments of the early 20th century Russian noise movement for the first time.
Dudakov-Kashuro, Aidu, and Vorobyeva will also host a 4-day ReNoise workshop, which invites amateur and trained musicians to learn to play some of the proletarian instruments and industrial sound devices invented by Popov, and perform a programme of original pieces in a final public concert.
The ReNoise workshop is limited to 8 people who will take part in the noise orchestra, and up to 20 singers who are invited to make-up a choir (due to the specificity of the workshop's techniques, preference is given to female singers, however male singers may also apply). The workshop requires registration, which offered on a first-come-first serve basis.
Charles Cohen is a master synthesizer improviser who has been a central figure in Philadelphia/East Coast experimental, avant-garde, and improvisational scene for the past 40 years. He is one of the few living artists to own and have mastered Don Buchla’s 1973 Music Easel, a rare, performance-oriented portable synth made from two modules of the Buchla 200 series.
In addition to his performance on Wednesday 21.1. at HAU2, Cohen will host a workshop illuminating both his unique creative philosophy and musical practice. He will also present the new re-issue of the original Buchla Music Easel system, produced in close consultation with Don Buchla himself.
The workshop will culminate in a collaborative jam session, during which participants are invited to use their own analogue equipment, as well as the equipment found at Schneider's Büro, famous with audiophiles world-wide for its expansive selection of weird and wonderful sound generating devices.
A retrospective of Cohen’s early works was released in November 2013 via Rabih Beaini’s (aka Morphosis) Morphine label, marking the first substantive release of this pioneering musician’s material to date.
The workshop is open to 12 people. Registration on a first come, first served basis.
Anonymonth is an experimental publishing concept initiated by Mat Dryhurst, PAN label collaborator, curator, musician, and an editor of VVVNT magazine. Dryhurst will lead a workshop on his Anonymonths experimental publishing concept within the CTM / transmediale collaborative programme at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Dryhurst proposes that people who hold the most powerful opinions about contemporary culture are also the ones who stand to lose the most by voicing them. Anonymonth is an attempt to remedy this, and allow for figures in the public eye to speak freely. Presented in collaboration with VVVNT and PAN, the workshop invites publicly recognized artists, curators, and thinkers to anonymously contribute critiques and opinions on contemporary culture, creating a powerful opportunity to ask difficult questions and break from consensus through a combination of invisibility and credibility.
For the month of February, a piece of writing will be published daily on VVVNT.com. Each participating artist will select a number from 1-28, and their piece will be published on the corresponding day of the month. Neither PAN nor other participating artists or the public will know whose content is posted what day. All names of contributing artists will, however, be published.
VVVNT will be tasked with anonymizing the voices in order to protect the individuals involved. The public will not know who posted a particular article, however they will know that it is from a reputable source. Contributors will be shielded by anonymity, and yet safe in the knowledge that the combined networks of all 30 participating artists will be watching and discussing what is posted. Speculation about the identities behind these strong opinions will only make those opinions travel further. While this first iteration revolves around musicians/ artists, the project is intended to be iterative and aims to attract other likeminded practitioners from an array of fields.
There will also be several musicians and producers in attendance that will be participating in discussions but they will be unannounced until the workshop begins.
The workshop is limited to 25 participants, first-come-first-serve. No registration required.