The CTM Radio Lab, returning in 2019 for the sixthh year in a row, acts as a platform for unusual audio projects that explore the intersection between radio and live performance or installation while also relating to the festival theme. A call for proposals is out now, with a deadline of 9 September 2018. The two selected works will premiere in the form of an installation or performance at CTM 2019 before being broadcast in Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s Klangkunst programme and by the ORF Austrian Broadcasting Service.
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.
From 26–30 July, three new commissioned works featuring collaborations between European and Iranian artists, string of performances and workshops by Berlin-based and Iranian artists will take place under the SETxCTM umbrella. A close collaboration between Tehran's SET and Berlin's CTM, the event will feature new works by Rabih Beaini & Pouya Pour-Amin, 9T Antiope & Rainer Kohlberger, Sote & Tarik Barri, solo performances by Umchunga, mHZ, Rojin Sharafi, Temp-Illusion & Amir B. Ash, and Monolake, plus workshops and a panel discussion. The event dedicated entirely to artistic dialogue between Tehran and Berlin.
CTM joins forces with Tehran's annual experimental music fesival SET for an event dedicated entirely to artistic dialogue between Tehran and Berlin. Entitled SET X CTM, the 5-day festival, that will take place 26-30 July 2018 at various venues in Tehran, will see the premiere of two new commissions that bring together artists from the two cities alongside a string of performances and workshops by Berlin-based and Iranian artists. The full programme will be announced in the next days.
The SHAPE platform will showcase a selection of its 2019 supported artists at a showcase at Nyege Nyebe festival in Jinja, Uganda, including Bonaventure, JASSS, Nikisi, and Sarah Farina. This edition of Nyege Nyege will also be a meeting place for representatives from the SHAPE platform’s 16 member festivals, inviting exchange and new collaborations with the local Ugandan scene.
During this past CTM Hacklab, participants invented collaborative performances that embraced the chaos, strangeness, and cultural anxiety surrounding the theme of AI, echoing the titular Turmoil of the 2018 festival edition. Hacklab fellows were inspired by a series of Input talks: Moritz Simon Geist’s fictitious market development and speculative products, Gene Cogan’s crash course on the technology behind machine learning in music and visual art, Estela Oliva’s survey of a few exciting artists working with AI, and Wesley Goatley’s examination of the politics and power lying behind opaque technological systems.
A selection of talks and panels from the CTM 2018 Discourse programme are available to stream via our CTM Festival SoundCloud page. Among the highlights are artist talks with Drew McDowall, ZULI, Olaf Nicolai, panels with both old and new generation hardcore/gabber artists including DJ Panic, Marc Acardipane, and Kilbourne, Pedro Oliveira's investigation into the jukeboxes of Rio de Janeiro as important sonic indicators of violence, presentations from the Research Networking Day, and a panel on the Sound of China's Underground.
Supported by the SHAPE platform, techno body music duo Schwefelgelb will perform at LEV festival in Gijon, Spain on 28 April. Amalgamating the sounds of EBM, techno and electro, they will appear on a lineup that also features AtomTM, Lusine, and Zombie Zombie.