Relevante Musik

19 – 21 July 2013
Villa Elisabeth, St. Elisabeth-Kirche
and events in public space

Festival of political media art, performance and music

In recent years, discussion in the field of contemporary music has been dominated by the question of how to promote it. Dealing with the music itself has seemed secondary to the “goal [of] strengthening the presence of new music in cultural life, so as to increase public awareness and reach a new audience” (New Music Network). With the festival Relevante Musik, we kick the ball back to the artists and ask about the social and political relevance of their works.

In comparison to contemporary visual art, with its social-analytic or political-structural focus, contemporary music – unless text is set to music – generally has fewer means at its disposal to communicate extra-musical content. The Relevante Musik festival means to demonstrate a variety of the techniques that have been used in socially engaged music and sound-dominated media art, spanning a period from the political upheavals of the 1970s to the present day. In the process, it will highlight such disparate themes as censorship in the GDR, violence against homosexuals, the Iraq War, society’s response to the atomic catastrophe at Fukushima, migration and the phenomena that accompany it, digital surveillance, and the economics of the media industry.

With concerts and installations in Villa Elisabeth and the neighboring church as points of departure, musical events in urban space and panel discussions will test and assess the forms, aims, and effects of politically motivated music and media art.

artistic director: Volker Straebel
project director: Ingrid Buschmann
production director: Vilém Wagner
sound / media: Andreas Pysiewicz
sound Teitelbaum: Wilm Thoben

A presentation of Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V. in collaboration with the Electronic Music Studio TU Berlin, Audio Communication Group and the Berlin Artist-in-Residence Program of DAAD. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

With support from DAAD Bonn, Deutschlandradio Kultur, the Einstein Foundation Berlin, KlangQuadrat, Rosengarten e.V. and WDR 3. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.

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