This year is the 18th edition of Berlin’s CTM Festival of contemporary electronic and digital music, opening January 27 and running to February 5, opening alongside transmediale, which also starts today and runs to March 5.
The 2017 theme Fear Anger Love will look at a range of experimental music and artistic projects relating to sound, “in response to current societal issues and crises, which themselves seem to be increasingly driven by emotion.”
In an attempt to sift through the enormous events programmes, we’ve put together a guide of our top picks, including a breakdown of the international festival for art and digital culture transmediale that has been running alongside CTM since 1999 and is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.
Running throughout the festival will be the CTM 2017 MusicMakers Hacklab: a collaborative laboratory run by artist Byrke Lou and Create Digital Music editor Peter Kirn. It will run for the duration of the festival, exploring the irrational through a theme called ‘Emotional Invention,’ and will culminate with a finale of live performance by the participants on February 5.
Additionally on show throughout, will be the world premier installation of ‘SOL’ by Kurt Hentschläger that will transform the Halle am Berghain to induce feelings of “dislocation and timelessness,” as well as the CTM 2017 exhibition Critical Constellations of the Audio-Machine in Mexico at Kunstraum, curated by Carlos Prieto Acevedo.
CTM Event Picks
–The Great Disappointment: presented by record label NonWorldwide, a performance event taking place over two days (bringing together five of its members including Chino Amobi and Angel Ho ) will collaborate with dancers, choreographed by Ligia Lewis @ HAU2, Jan 30, 31
– Opening Night: The event will kick off the festival with an opening of exhibition alien matter, a video installation and performative reading by Jenna Sutela, an Opening Ceremony featuring Rasheedah Phillips & Moor Mother among others,a film by Olia Lialina & Kevin Bewersdorf as well as a live set to see the evening off with James Ferraro @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Feb 2
transmediale Keynote Conversations
– ‘Becoming Infrastructural – Becoming Environmental‘: Erich Hörl and Lisa Parks, moderated by Jussi Parikka @ HKW Auditorium – Feb 3
– ‘Immediate & Habitual: The Elusiveness of Mediation‘: Clemens Apprich, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and Richard Grusin @ HKW Auditorium – Feb 4