With its annual exhibition, the CTM Festival explores the possibilities and limits of music and sound, and their interference with contemporary art. The 2015 exhibition sounds out various threads connected to the festival theme Un Tune.
Exploring the power of modulating physical and mental states through phenomena such as ASMR, flicker, sensory substitution, psychoacoustics, neo-psychedelia, acoustic alarm response, inter-brain synchronisation, tactile disturbances and more, the featured artists approach human as well as non-human bodies in disquieting and emphatic ways.
Artistic experimentation with the affective and somatic effects of sounds and frequencies opens up possibilities of tuning and de-tuning the composite that interconnects body, matter, energy and machines, but also of atmospheres, spaces, communication and situations. "Un Tune" also serves as an overarching metaphor that refers to the potentials that might be unlocked by temporarily destabilizing our hatibual and consensual states.
Anita Ackermann holds two degrees from the University of the Arts in Berlin, and nurtures a special interest the perception and distortion of light and sound. Ackermann’s materials often include mirrors and other surfaces or tools that refract or bend light. She has been designing perceptually obscure installations and sculptures in Berlin, over the last several years.
Matthijs Munnik is a media artist based in the Hague. Munnik’s expression involves the interaction between light and the senses, and installations are often inspired by scientifically relevant themes. He was recognized as the first winner of the 2013 award for the “International Prize For Emerging Artists In Digital Art”, organised by leCube in Paris.
Zorka Wollny creates acoustic compositions for institutions, factories and empty buildings. Her works inhabit a space between art, theatre and contemporary music, and are always closely connected to the historic and functional context of specific architectural sites.
Zimoun is a self-taught artist that is well known for his kinetic sculptures, which combine industrial materials such as cardboard and plastic with motors to create sonically reverberant installations. Zimoun’s works are both acoustic and visual, fueling an interaction between space and sound, while exploring systems of patterns that appear through the use of replicable elements.
The work of German artist Anke Eckardt encompasses installations and sculpture, teaching, and theoretical discourse on the phenomenology of sound. Her large-scale installations and sculptures use ultrasound and infrasound in combination with other media and materials in motion such as water, concrete, and beams of light.
Claire Tolan is an artist and programmer based in Berlin, who focuses exploring human-computer interaction, online communities (intimacy, privacy), and information structures and theory.
Derek Holzer is an American instrument builder and sound artist based in Berlin, whose current interests include DIY analogue electronics, field recording, media archaeology and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, improv and extreme music.
Mario de Vega is a Mexico City-born experimental sound artist. His works include site-specific interventions and experiments in psychoacoustics that frequently push the limits of audio perception. He uses challenging frequencies said to induce visceral reactions in the audience, and sound as a tool to confront contemporary issues around and personal experiences of vulnerability.
Graw Böckler is the joint project of Berlin-based artists Ursula Böckler and Georg Graw, who together and independently work across the popular formats of video and still photography. In collaboration since 1997 and longtime affiliates of CTM Festival, the pair specialise in making music videos and loops, experimental films, and unauthorised commercials.
Uncompromising Polish artist Konrad Smoleński works among the fields of photography, video art, installation, performance, and happening. His works often include spectacular pyrotechnic effects — in contrast with the usually minimal punk aesthetic — and are typified by a fine, chiselled precision that lend a purified, ascetic character.
Emptyset is the the Bristol-based project of James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas, whose work across production, performance, installation, and the moving image tests the perceptual boundaries between noise and music. Since forming in 2005, Emptyset has continued to pursue the reduction or deconstruction of music to its most unadulterated form; densely technical, their work employs analogue gear to sculpt sine waves and white noise.
Nik Nowak is a German artist, musician, and curator interested in sonic affect. His research examines the role that soundsystems occupy as cultural transmitters and acoustic weapons.