Berlin Art Link presents our top picks for this year’s CTM Festival and transmediale. Check out the list below for our recommendations from now until February 1st! For more info on all the festival events, check the Transmediale and CTM webpages below.
18+ at CTM Festival; Photo courtesy of CTM Festival
CTM HIT LIST:
Un Tune Exhibition Opening // January 23 at KBB Kunstraum Kreuzberg
Exhibition: January 24 – February 22, 2015
With works by Anita Ackermann, Anke Eckardt, Emptyset, Graw Böckler, Derek Holzer, Matthijs Munnik, Nik Nowak, Konrad Smoleński, Claire Tolan, Mario de Vega, Zorka Wollny, Zimoun.
Archaeoacoustics: Sound, Myths, and Meanings of the Ancient // January 28 at Kunstquartier Bethanien
“The day will begin with a lecture with the field’s most long-standing protagonist, Iegor Reznikoff, professor of philosophy and mathematics and specialist in ancient music, early Christian chant, resonance and sound therapy. CTM welcomes Paul Devereux, another leading figure in the field of archaeoacoustics, whose research interests also include studies of ancient and modern consciousness.The third and final lecture of the day will come from Rupert Till, reader in music technology and popular music at University of Huddersfield, UK, whose research bridges electronic dance music culture and sound archaeology.”
The day-long event will end with an interdisciplinary roundtable discussion with the speakers and two other panelists, Maria Witek and Sam Auinger, moderated by Annie Goh.
Endo 1 // January 31 at YAAM
Soda Plains, Born in Flamez, 18+, E.E.K feat Islam Chipsy (German premiere), Yung Lean & Sad Boys & Gravity Boys, Opium Hum
“For CTM’s second Saturday, YAAM will act as a playground for a massive range of boogie-inspiring forces, from postinternet wave-riders to purist house devotees to fringe, mad-science experimenters. The list of Endo I artists in YAAM’s largest room is a testament to the growing post-gendered, globalist, presence in dance music.”
Tune Out – CTM x RBMA Finale // February 1 at Astra
Rounding out the bill is Tokyo-based trio Nisennenmondai, whose name stems from the Japanese word for “Y2K Bug”. Since 1999, they have been whipping up electrified, up-tempo loops through rock and noise means, inducing spellbinding states of hypnotism. 2014 saw their hyper, raw trance-punk unleashed to full effect on their fourth full-length, N.
Nisennenmondai at CTM Festival; Courtesy of CTM Festival
TRANSMEDIALE HIT LIST:
Keynote Capture All_Work // conference lecture; 5:30-7:30pm on January 29 at HKW Auditorium
This keynote lecture promises to deliver an intense and insightful reflection with two talks and a conversation between two established critical theorists, Judy Wacjman and Tiziana Terranova. Wacjman and Terranova will both deliver a lecture and follow with a conversation about the collateral implications the post-digital world have had on labour. They will focus on understanding changing models of the work-life balance and notions of productivity, revealing contemporary manifestations of exploitation and alienation.
Appropriate and Accelerate // conference lecture; 2:30-4:00 pm on January 30 at HKW K1
Jennifer Lyn Morone
Three panelists will discuss the material and form of art works and activity of artistic work in a post-digital age. The panel will reflect on economic-historical development of creativity and creation, genius, and authorship. Jennifer Lynn Morone’s “Jennifer Lynn Morone™ Inc.” is also included as part of the Transmediale exhibition.
Jennifer Lyn Morone “Jennifer Lyn Morone™ Inc” (2014), photo courtesy of transmediale and Ilona Gaynor
EL Camino del Hardcore – DJ Audio $var // performance; 8:00-11:00pm on January 29, 30, and 31 at HKW K2
A durational installation/performance over three evenings by the charismatic and controversial Danish/Faroese artist and musician Goodiepal.
“The focus in this new installment lies on the way that technological inventions such as the Internet has formalised knowledge and the capability of the human psyche to imagine things beyond this formalisation. In order to reclaim a space of imagination, also in our relation to technology, Goodiepal has for years been engaged in the creation of what he calls “unscannable” objects and practices”
Art is Open Source // installation at HKW
In this work, Oriana Persico and Salvatore Iaconesi have created a program that calculates probabilities and forms predictions for the future based on trends, assumptions, and correlations in data harvested from internet activity. This digital oracle is at once an absurd and legitimate representation of the faith and power we have in data and technologies, revealing the chilling resemblance of technological ideology to a “new global data-religion”.
Brendan Howell and Nicolas Maigret “The Pirate Cinema” (2014), photo courtesy of transmediale and Justin Desforges
Exhibition: Jan. 28 – Feb. 01, 2015
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Jan. 28; 5:30pm
Haus der Kulturen der Welt (click here for map)
Blog entry by Alena Sokhan and Alison Hugill in Berlin; Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.