SKALAR is a central piece within light artist Christopher Bauder’s body of work, reflecting his deep fascination with light. In SKALAR, light is treated as a solid material that can be sculpted and shaped to architectural dimensions, evoking abstract emotional associations. Intertwined with musician and composer Kangding Ray’s tireless exploration of textures, rhythm, and sound design, the silence of darkness is filled with iridescent formations of spatial light and sound. Presented within the spectacular Kraftwerk Mitte, SKALAR continues to run until this Sunday February 25th. Two live performances on the final weekend will close the spectacular installation.
Thank you to all of you – artists and participants, our 2018 partners, festivalgoers, our numerous volunteers, friends, and family – who joined us for 10 days of tumult, turbulence, excitement, elation, and shared experiences. From the thunderous opening concert performances through 200bpm anthems, cathartic drum swells, and lush, immersive drones, the festival has been an occasion for us to congregate and temporarily counter turmoil via empathy and an openness to listening and experiencing together. We'll be publishing numerous lectures from our Discourse series near the end of the month, and stay tuned for further broadcasts from Berlin Community Radio, featuring a selection of performances from this year's lineup. In the meantime, the spectacular SKALAR installation continues at Kraftwerk until 25 February, and the CTM 2018 Exhibition continues at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien until 2 April. And don't forget to scan through our Flickr page for a vast array of memories thanks to our team of photographers! Reviews and further documentation will also be shared in the coming weeks.
Turmoil will build and spin and come to a final close, at least within the bounds of the festival, across two floors in a gung-ho afterparty tonight at Schwuz. On the first floor, Angel and Klitclique flaunt post-digital attitude; performance art duo Faka raise the room temp; and Born in Flamez, Flava D, and Opium Hum traverse broad genre spektra to keep the booties shakin. The second floor spans the drum&bass tear-outs of trailblazer DJ Storm, sounds from China's underground via 33EMYBW and GOOOOOSE, and sets by Cairo producer ZULI, this year's radio lab winner, and dystopia gatekeeper Pixelord. Please join us for this celebratory grand finale!!
It's the final evening of CTM! In tonight's Red Bull Music x CTM closing concert, Gabriel "Gabi" Delgado-López and Robert Görl play live the music that has inspired generations of electronic music lovers and producers through its canny mix of dark momentum, humour, physicality. Berlin-via-NYC & LA darkwave outfit Bestial Mouths will open a night with their pumping industrial synth lines and raw, fearless vocals.
From 17:00 to 19:00, HAU2 hosts a special performance showcasing the fruit of 10 days of experimentation and ingenuity by the participants of this year's MusicMakers Hacklab. For those interested in the future of sound technology, this is not to miss!
The festival is coming to a close! Our last daytime programme features two conversations led by Hanna Bächer at the Red Bull Music Studios Berlin. The first is with drum&bass pioneer DJ Storm, who will play at tonight's closing party at Schwuz. The second is with EBM legends DAF, who headline the closing concert at Festsaal Kreuzberg. At 18:00 and 20:30, in "Skalar Live," Christopher Bauder & Kangding Ray set their light installation into motion in real-time.
The main floor at YAAM, presented by Carhartt, features fresh new takes on dancehall, hip hop, and other bass- and rhythm- heavy forms. Long-term partners Native Instruments have joined us in curating a second floor of London-based artists involved in a tightly-woven scene that is rapidly redefining the city’s dance music climate. Berlin community space and ongoing party series hoe_mies take over the third floor at YAAM with their crew of female, non-binary, and trans artists that fight for better representation in the hip hop scene.
For the first time in Berlin, Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst will present the new expanded version of their live show with a 9-piece vocal ensemble. The performance will explore themes of AI and frontiers (technological, geographical, and otherwise) while celebrating community and endorsing hope in the face of despondency. In the first half of the show, six ensemble members (houaïda, Annie G, Albertine Sarges, Marshall Vincent, Josa Peit, and Lyra) present short vignettes of their solo projects.