SHAPE platform for innovative music and audiovisual art, supported by the “Creative Europe” programme of the European Union announces a new open call for artist submissions for the 2020 SHAPE artist roster. Applications are welcome until July 31.
Since 2014, the CTM Radio Lab has been commissioning new works that explore the intersection of radio with live performance or installation within the context of the festival’s yearly theme. This year's open call is supplemented by an additional call for works, titled Kontinuum. Submissions are welcome until 28 August 2019.
The Research Networking Day (RND) 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 RND edition will take place in collaboration with UdK Berlin University of the Arts, the German Association for Music Business and Music Culture Research (GMM), and Humboldt University. Proposals are welcome until 30 September 2019.
We are in between. Amidst ambivalence and perpetual shift, we drift without assurance nor certainty. Entitled “Liminal," CTM 2020 throws itself into limbo in hopes of stimulating a critical discussion of our present and possible futures. Music has long been a site of negotiating boundary-disturbing experiences and acts of transgression. The liminal characterises many cultural, spiritual, and social practices and rituals associated with music. It is the fundamental challenging of norms and identities. At the same time it is a contact zone with the "other," the unconscious, and altered forms of being. So can it be used as a space for experimentation?
CTM Festival is pleased to start a cultural dialogue with Athens. Welcoming both local and international artists including Sote, Xyn Cabal, Born in Flamez, and Jessica Ekomane, CHRONOTOPIA takes shape on June 20 as a twofold event that is produced in close collaboration with Goethe Institut, club venue Romantso, and Athens-based music labels Modal Analysis and Hypermedium. The next day, on June 21, the Contemporary Music Research Center in Athens (KSYME) will host CTM Festival for a discussion open to the public.
The Inuk throat singer, avant-garde composer, and bestselling author is renowned as one of Canada’s most original and celebrated artists. Through guttural groans and deeply spiritual performances that reference industrial, metal, and electronica, she weaves traditional Inuit throat singing into present-day urgencies. On 3 July 2019, Tagaq will appear at Berghain for a reading of her acclaimed debut novel, Split Tooth.
Our partner festival transmediale have announced Dr. Nora O Murchú as the new artistic director of transmediale. Starting with the 2021 edition, O Murchú will be the festival’s fifth artistic director and the first woman to take this position in its 33-year history. Read more via transmediale's website.
Set for release on 4AD on May 10, PROTO is Holly Herndon's highly-anticipated third album. It sees Herndon and longtime collaborator Mathew Dryhurst bring together their contemporary ensemble of vocalists, developers, and an inhuman intelligence in the form of Spawn (an AI housed in a DIY souped-up gaming PC, initiated in partnership with Dryhurst and ensemble developer Jules LaPlace). PROTO spans live vocal processing and timeless folk singing, placing an emphasis on alien song craft and potential new forms of communion. The accompanying live show opens the stage to attendees, experimenting with and extending the traditional concert format. It arrives at Berlin’s Volksbühne on June 14, accompanied by a programme curated by Herndon and Dryhurst themselves.