Can transformative potential and the emergence of new ideas arise through liminal experiences, and if so, can they resist co-optation by market forces and political agendas? Can they aid nuanced self-awareness, reveal scope for action, or enable empathetic experiences? Is it enough to practice forms of experimental politics in a liminal space that has to make do without tangible utopias?
To close out the CTM 2020 daytime programme, speakers Sasha Geffen and Graham St John join former and current Discourse curators Dahlia Borsche and Anita Jóri to reflect on 10 days worth of music, performance, discussion, and debate. Tying together various threads that weave through the festival, they tackle some of the questions that CTM 2020 – LIMINAL asks.
Dr Anita Jóri is scientific supervisor and research associate at Vilém Flusser Archive, BerlinUniversity of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin, UdK).
Dahlia Borsche is musicologist and curator. In 2019 she took on the position of Head of Music at the DAAD Artist-In-Berlin programme.
Graham St John, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist specialising in festivals, neotribes, and entheogens.
Sasha Geffen is the author of Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary, a historical exploration of how music performance uniquely enables and insulates gender transgressions. Their writing also appears in Rolling Stone, Artforum, The Nation, Pitchfork, and others.