CTM 2019 Persistence: Final Programme Announced

The final CTM 2019 programme announcement is out today! A spectacular ice rink at the Halle am Berghain, more forward-thinking club and notorious punk and noisy sound, the CTM 2019 Exhibition, Persisting Realities, the and daytime Discourse talk programme all offer even more ways to interact with the 20th edition theme of Persistence. A limited number of festival passes remain on sale and tickets to some individual events are available.

Ani Klang

100% Halal (Sucuk & Bratwurst) [DE] / Andrea Neumann [DE] Angel [AT] / Ani Klang [US/DE] The Black Madonna [US/UK] / Boo Lean [US] / Buttechno [RU] / Cocaine Piss [DE] DJ Rachael [UG] / Gigsta [BE/DE] / Marta Zapparoli [DE] Martin Tétreault & dieb13 [CA/AT] / Moroto Hvy Ind [UG] / Pangaea [UK] / Perila [RU/DE] Raed Yassin [LB/DE] / Resom [DE] / Sabine Ercklentz [DE] Saoirse [UK] / Skatebård [NO] / Tama Sumo [DE] /  xin [INT] / Zanias [AU/DE]

The Eishalle skating rink at Halle am Berghain features lighting designed by Christopher Bauder and DJ sets by Creamcake [INT] / DJ Occult & Sarj [US/DE] / female:pressure with Mieko Suzuki [JP/DE] and Mo Loschelder [DE] / Freak de l’Afrique Soundsystem with Wallizz DJ Nomi [DE] / Frikimo [KR] / Goro + bod [包家巷] [L3C/US] / Joe Muggs [UK] / Leevisa [KR] / Marylou [FR] / Rabih Beaini [LB/DE] Raster with KyokaGrischa LichtenbergerMieko Suzuki, and Robert Lippok [JP/DE] / Skatebård [NO] / Yoshitaka Hikawa [JP] / & more

The CTM 2019 Exhibition “Persisting Realities” presents works by Ali M. Demirel [TR/DE] / Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme [PS] / Dorine van Meel [NL/DE] / Helena Nikonole [RU] / Jacolby Satterwhite [US] / Johannes Paul Raether [DE] / Kanta Horio [JP] / Luciana Lamothe [AR] / Martin Tétreault & dieb13 [CA/AT] / Mika Taanila Ø (Mika Vainio) [FI] / Rie Nakajima [JP/UK] Ryoichi Kurokawa [JP] / Tabita Rezaire [FR] / Tania Candiani [MX] Vivian Caccuri [BR]

Brandon LaBelle [US/DE]  shows the special archive installation: “The Other Citizen”.

The daytime Discourse programme includes highlight lectures by Robin JamesPaul RekretJoe MuggsKhyam Allami, and Brandon LaBelle, plus artist talks by A Tribe Called RedLinn da QuebradaAurelie Nyirabikali Lierman & Israel Martinez. Panels and roundtable discussions include topics such as the resilience of counterculture scenes, looking into how artists and organisers work in restrictive regions/contexts, or surveying sound in Southeast Asia. Further discussions center on (re)empowering the music ecosystem with talks by Liz PellyMat Dryhurst, plus case studies and discussions various independent initiatives and structures ranging from Brave browser, the Civil platform for ethical journalism, the Blockchain My Art initiative aiming at greater financing autonomy, the SMart freelancer administration system, a look into different ways of working with booking agencies Poly ArtistsDiscwoman, and Mina Suspension as well as festivals RoskildeBoom, and Into the Great Wide Open, and more.

A Tribe Called Red

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. The challenge lies in cultivating persistence without tumbling into rigidity or dogma – in cultivating a steadfastness through recognition of diversity, difference, and hybridity while also embracing fluidity, uncertainty, and flux.

With 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.

Music and art today are characterised by continuous searching, open-ended experimentation, and the speculative nature of hypotheses, which allows for a positive adoption of uncertainty. A hypothesis is always open to being corrected or discarded. It requires constant questioning and exchange: Listening, critical discussion, and doubt are inherent components of this process, as are sensing and recognising inconsistencies and differences.

A decisive difference between artistic and scientific hypotheses is that art and music take subjective feelings, personal experiences, empathy, the imaginary, and desire as their starting points. Artistic propositions can therefore never be completely eliminated, and because they need to be experienced, they offer transitory moments of radical pluralisation. Thinking and acting on this basis is a form of resistance against essentialism and naturalistic misconceptions, against the absolute, and unshakable identities, and also against the corrosive powers of uncertainty. So, can music and art provide us with methods to move towards new societal horizons? Can we maintain a productive, idealistic kind of perseverance – the persistence of the transitory?

The persistence of transience is not only a fitting allegory for CTM Festival’s 20-year anniversary, it also describes an attempt to think of collectiveness, community, and subcultures as fleeting, experience-based associations. It’s a framework for considering them as testing grounds for collective speculation rather than rigid or exclusive constructs. CTM has always strived to provide a forum that facilitates exchange and networking between different creative communities, while at the same time fostering open spaces of possibility that also allow those who are non-associated to navigate the interstices and try things out.

In order to keep such spaces open, however, we must also insist on stable economic conditions. To survive as an artist and to maintain communities and spaces of open discourse make for great challenges worldwide. We urgently need concepts, tools and structures that enable music and cultural creators to continuously experiment in a self-determined manner and to freely associate themselves. CTM’s 20th-anniversary edition – which was for a long time unimaginable to us – brings together many actors and initiatives across music, culture, and technology to imagine, discuss and celebrate open and pluralistic structures.

The full CTM 2019 Programme Calendar is now online.

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