Musician, composer, and conceptual artist James Ferraro will premiere his new stage performance, “Plague,” as a transmediale/CTM concert. Featuring scenographic elements and live visuals by Nate Boyce, Ferraro’s “Plague” is a choral work built around speculations on a future society in which an AI is simulating reality through the manipulation of living humans—with the goal of creating the ultimate consumer product. As the AI struggles to emulate what it means to be human, tensions arise between the clinical gaze of the machine and the imperfection of its emulation. The piece is a joint commission with Abandon Normal Devices festival within the ongoing Creative Europe network The New Networked Normal (NNN). Tickets for the event are on sale now.
For its 19th edition, CTM Festival will once again welcome a team of volunteers to support the preparation of CTM 2018. This year, as in years past, the festival would not be possible without the commitment of a diverse community of contributors. A call for volunteers is now open, offering the chance to get involved in multiple parts of the festival.
We're excited to release the second wave of artists and projects confirmed for CTM 2018 Turmoil. Through 10 days of special projects, commissioned works, performances ranging from extreme noise explorations to contemporary club sounds, an exhibition, and an intensive daytime programme, this 19th edition explores the state of music and sound practice in the face of a confusing and critical present. New highlights include: a special Turmoil DJ set by Boys Noize; George Lewis & Roscoe Mitchell performing with Voyager; punk and hardcore sounds from the likes of Cuntroaches, Hanin Elias, NAKED or NAH; additions to the gabber/hardcore showcase at Berghain including Marc Acardipane, Kilbourne, and HAJ300; appearances by JASSS, Nihiloxica, Hyph11e & many more.
Belgian post-metal band Amenra take the stage with a brooding, emotive style that grew out of experiences of loss and pain. The five-piece band is fronted by vocalist Colin van Eeckhout, who speaks openly about their music’s role as an outlet for “the things that cast a shadow over existence” – solitude, melancholy, sadness, demons, the certainty of death. Their CTM appearance supports the latest addition to their Mass series, Mass VI, which was produced by Billy Anderson and released on Neurot Recordings, the label run by members of Neurosis. Scott Kelly, best known as the frontman of legendary post-metal band Neurosis will open the night, joined by the nuanced sounds of Rwake’s John Judkins. In its bare frankness and deeply personal spirituality, Kelly’s fearlessly introspective songwriting speaks of its function to help him withstand his life struggles. With sparse guitar and a bottomless dark voice, his songs conjure survival, redemption, forgiveness, console, endurance, and healing. Tickets for the event are now on sale.
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!