As polarising stances and simplistic rhetoric continue to proliferate at alarming rates, we are faced with the difficulties of resisting them and the rifts they create. How can we cultivate persistence without tumbling into rigidity or dogma? With Persistence, CTM 2019 focuses on artists that examine the aesthetic and societal potentials and pains of perseverance. Gazelle Twin dispenses with her corrosive critique of England today, while 700 Bliss present their pairing of lo-fi productions with doom-poetry. Lotic explores power in the premier of an A/V piece, "Endless Power". A Tribe Called Red testify to the during importance of indigenous culture. Meanwhile, Erwan Keravec, Lucy Railton, Stefan Fraunberger, and Khyam Allami present their respective methods and approaches to merging sonic cultures. Thomas Ankersmit presents a tribute to the pioneering research of Maryanne Amacher. SET x CTM continue their fruitful partnership with the Berlin premieres of pieces by Rabih Beaini & Pouya Pour-Amin Ensemble, and 9T Antiope & Rainer Kohlberger.
The MusicMakers Hacklab is a performance laboratory that aims to invent tools and strategies for improvised play. If persistence is an insistence on survival, then adaptation is the mechanism by which we can deal with adversity, become resourceful, and make something new by responding to the conditions around us. With the theme of "Adaptation", the Hacklab seeks artists to work together to make new and unplanned collaborative performances. The deadline for the open call is 2 December.
Encompassing nearly two weeks of artistic experimentation, exchange, and performances, Nusasonic Yogyakarta closed on a high note this past October 13th. We would like to thank everyone who took part in this incredible event, which was a feast for the ears and soul. A photo gallery is now up, with more A/V documentation to follow. We're also excited to announce a range of future Nusasonic initiatives in Southeast Asia and Berlin.
Vorspiel is a yearly initiative by transmediale and CTM Festivals, which aims to connect different artistic genres, practices, venues and initiatives across Berlin. Vorspiel offers opportunities for exchange and reflection, as well as for sharing critical discourse on art, technology, politics, and identity. The jointly created programme presents the diverse approaches of multiple cultural agents in a concentrated format, while also creating a space for dialogue with the two festivals. An open call to all interested Berlin-based artists and initiatives is now out, with an application deadline of 23 November.
Two winning projects have been selected from an open call for the CTM 2019 Radio Lab. The organisers would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit their proposals, which totalled 175 entries from 43 countries, and collectively addressed the call’s themes and challenges from a wide and interesting array of perspectives.
The Research Networking Day is an exchange platform for students and researchers from different European graduate and postgraduate programmes traversing the fields of audio, arts, media, design, and related theoretical disciplines. This open call seeks innovative and critical submissions from all areas of study addressing the scope of CTM 2019’s Persistence theme. We invite students and junior scholars to present their research at an international platform that provides a good opportunity to meet various colleagues and researchers working on related ideas.
We're excited to announce Nusasonic, a multi-year project that plunges into a broad spectrum of experimental sound and music cultures in Southeast Asia, and enabling dialogue within the region, with Europe, and beyond. Adopting a multi-perspective approach, the project is collaboratively created by Yes No Klub (Yogyakarta), WSK Festival of the Recently Possible (Manila), Playfreely/BlackKaji (Singapore), and CTM Festival, and supported by Goethe-Institut Indonesia. It kicks off 2–13 October 2018 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with artists such as AGF, Caliph8 Cheryl Ong, Kok Siew Wai, Dangerdope, Erick Calilan & Duto Hardono, Fauxe, Gabber Modus Operandi, Jessica Ekomane, Jogja Noise Bomging, mobilegirl, Nadah el Shazly, N.M.O., Peter Kirn, Lintang Radittya, Andreas Siagian, Sote, Uwalmassa, Yennu Ariendra & J Mo’ong Santoso Pribadi &many more.
Photos from SETxCTM are online! Words can't express how grateful we are to the SET team, artists, technicians, volunteers & the public that joined together to make this event a very memorable and touching experience. Looking forward to continuing our dialogues and exchanges! mersi! مرسي !