CTM 2019 – Persistence

20th Anniversary Edition | 25 January – 3 February 2019

CTM is turning 20! The festival will take place from 25 January to 3 February 2019 at various Berlin venues, including longtime partners Berghain, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, and Kunstquartier Bethanien.

Under the title Persistence, CTM 2019 examines the aesthetic and societal potentials and pains of perseverance, and of its opposite: the transient and the provisional, and considers the struggles that come with balancing continuity and changeability.

As always, the CTM 2019 programme will combine first-hand experience and critical reflection. Club events and concerts will be complemented by daytime offerings of broad-ranging discourse and debate. In addition to a lecture series, artist talks, and the festival exhibition, formats such as the MusicMakers Hacklab with Peter Kirn (CDM), the Research Networking Day with Humboldt University, and other workshops and networking sessions will assure ample opportunities for exchange and learning.

CTM Festival will take place parallel to and in collaboration with transmediale – festival for art and digital culture. In the weeks before the two festivals, the Vorspiel programme will unite some 45 Berlin-based initiatives and venues in creating a city-wide programme of exhibition openings, performances, artist talks and more.

The second wave of CTM 2019 artists will be announced late November.

CTM 2019 Radio Lab

Since 2014, the CTM Radio Lab has been commissioning new work that explores the intersection of radio with live performance or installation, within the context of the festival’ yearly theme. The initiative is led by CTM Festival and Deutschlandradio Kultur – Radio Art / Klangkunst in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, Ö1 Kunstradio, and The Wire magazine.

Two winning projects were selected out of some 175 entries this year – congratulations to Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman and Israel Martínez! Read about the CTM 2019 Radio Lab winners.

Transfer Programme

MusicMakers Hacklab: Adaptation

Hosted by Peter Kirn (createdigitalmusic.com), the open, collaborative week-long MusicMakers Hacklab allows practitioners from a range of disciplines to create new musical inventions related to the festival's Turmoil theme. An open call for participants is now until 2 December 2018.

Research Networking Day

The Research Networking Day offers students, young researchers, and emerging artists from a wide range of disciplines the chance to present their ideas in short 10-minute presentations. An open call is out, with a 2 December deadline.