What is the sound of turmoil? What are aesthetics of tumult? Which other sonic and musical responses could we conceive of to counter the current overload of agitation? As it inquires into these questions, CTM 2018 Turmoil renews and strengthens a commitment to welcoming a wide range of artists and audiences with diverse backgrounds. The pain and sadness of Belgian metal group Amenra, the camraderie of gabber stars Darkraver and DJ Panic, the desire and rage of Medusa's Bed (Lydia Lunch, Zahra Mani & Mia Zabelka, Swan Meat's explorations of body dysmorphia, techno body music from locals Schwefelgelb, and more, investigate and propose diverse paths, sounds, ideas, and communities through which to navigate Turmoil. CTM 2018 also presents a focus on music's intersection with dance via Rashaad Newsome's "FIVE Berlin", and a retrospective on pioneering choreographer and composer Ernest Berk, by Company Christoph Winkler with group A and Rashad Becker with Pan Daijing.
For the upcoming edition of the Vorspiel pre-festival programme created together with transmediale, Vorspiel, we're once again spreading a call to the Berlin-wide network of project spaces, galleries, independent cultural agents, and cultural institutions. Initiatives interested in taking part are invited to register via transmediale's website, until 19 November 2017. The Vorspiel 2018 opening night will take place on 20 January at ACUD Macht Neu.
transmediale have announced the first wave of participants for their 31st edition. Taking place 31 January – 4 February 2018, transmediale will return to their home venue, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and explore the 'face value' theme. Early-bird transmediale festival passes are also now available.
For this year's Hacklab, we invite participants to invent collaborative performances that embrace the chaos, strangeness, and cultural anxiety surrounding the theme of AI, echoing the titular TURMOIL of this year's CTM festival. We want coders and technologists to apply, but also people from across artistic and research backgrounds, from musicians to poets to psychologists – anyone interested in how humans, machines, and hybrids might perform together. We’re looking primarily not for existing work, but for new ideas to be created on the spot, in spontaneous collaboration with others. Apply by 30 November!
The Research Networking Day is a yearly CTM Festival initiative co-organised by Humboldt University’s Department of Musicology. This open call seeks innovative and critical submissions from students and researchers in all areas of study traversing the fields of audio, arts, media, design and related theoretical disciplines. Presentations should be connected to the CTM 2018 theme, Turmoil. Application deadline: 30 November.
The fourth edition of the Technosphärenklänge series by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and CTM Festival puts a focus on the 50-year anniversary of Morton Subotnick’s seminal release, Silver Apples of the Moon. Subotnick joins forces with Alec Empire and video artist Lillevan to create a new interpretation of his seminal work as well as other older and more recent compositions. Further performances by Valery Vermeulen, and Caterina Barbieri.
Awarded by Deutschlanfunk Kultur – Radio Art/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration with ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst and Ö1 Kunstradio, the CTM 2018 Radio Lab Open Call for works sought unusual ideas for pairing the specific artistic possibilities of radio with the potentials of live performance or installation, that also explore the CTM 2018 Festival theme: Turmoil.
What radical changes in music will characterize the 21st century? On the occasion of the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most innovative and influential composers of his epoch, the #bebeethoven project invites twelve young artists to explore such questions by developing, testing and presenting artistic experiments and projects. Together with project lead PODIUM Esslingen and six renowned partners – CTM Festival, Ensemble Resonance, Operadagen Rotterdam, Radialsystem V, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, and ZKM Karlsruhe – these twelve fellows will experiment with new technologies and develop aesthetic innovations. CTM Festival has invited Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst to become fellows. The duo will research and develop ideas to expand the human voice with future technology, and actively push forward critical discourse reflecting the implications of such technologies. A Berlin Kick-off event will take place Friday 6 October at Silent Green starting with an afternoon symposium that culminates with a concert in the evening.