During this past CTM Hacklab, participants invented collaborative performances that embraced the chaos, strangeness, and cultural anxiety surrounding the theme of AI, echoing the titular Turmoil of the 2018 festival edition. Hacklab fellows were inspired by a series of Input talks: Moritz Simon Geist’s fictitious market development and speculative products, Gene Cogan’s crash course on the technology behind machine learning in music and visual art, Estela Oliva’s survey of a few exciting artists working with AI, and Wesley Goatley’s examination of the politics and power lying behind opaque technological systems.
A selection of talks and panels from the CTM 2018 Discourse programme are available to stream via our CTM Festival SoundCloud page. Among the highlights are artist talks with Drew McDowall, ZULI, Olaf Nicolai, panels with both old and new generation hardcore/gabber artists including DJ Panic, Marc Acardipane, and Kilbourne, Pedro Oliveira's investigation into the jukeboxes of Rio de Janeiro as important sonic indicators of violence, presentations from the Research Networking Day, and a panel on the Sound of China's Underground.
Supported by the SHAPE platform, techno body music duo Schwefelgelb will perform at LEV festival in Gijon, Spain on 28 April. Amalgamating the sounds of EBM, techno and electro, they will appear on a lineup that also features AtomTM, Lusine, and Zombie Zombie.
Taking its title from the Latin “alia” – the other – and the Chinese “zǔ tài” – configuration, "ALIA: ZǓ TÀI" is a dance and interactive music performance ideated by by Marco Donnarumma (Berlin) in collaboration with Nunu Kong (Shanghai), that aims to explore new hybrid identities emerging from the increasing use of artificial intelligence and robotics. Thanks to the support of Goethe-Institut's International Coproduction Fund, the project is co-produced across China and Germany by Chronus Art Centre (Shanghai) and CTM Festival (Berlin).
The CTM 2018 magazine, a publication investigating various topics related to the 19th edition's Turmoil theme, is still available for purchase. Both this issue and past issues starting with 2014's Dis Continuity edition can be bought in-store or ordered online from Motto in Berlin.
Join us in looking back on a breathless ten days of turmoil and its creative repercussions. Click here for an ever-growing collection of international articles, radio broadcasts, and images documenting the stimulating 2018 edition.
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.