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CTM 2014, the Festival for Adventurous Music and Art of Berlin

From January 24 to February 2, 2014, the CTM, Festival for Adventurous Music and Art will celebrate its 15th anniversary edition in some of Berlin’s most exciting nightlife and cultural venues, including Berghain, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Stattbad, and Astra. The festival’s vast music programme is supplemented by daytime exhibits and installations, workshops, panel discussions, screenings, and more.

Under the title, Dis Continuity, CTM 2014 zooms in on a range of musical pioneers whose curiosity and pursuit of new, idiosyncratic forms have kept them off the radar, even while their explorations and discoveries continue to influence how we create and experience music today. In so doing, the festival aims to encourage dialogue between past experimentation and a rising generation of creative minds. The festivals 15th anniversary is also an occasion to reflect on its own history, and to address the increased desire for historic references felt at the dawn of a post-digital era.

As always, CTM will be held parallel to and in collaboration with Transmediale – festival for art and digital culture – taking place at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Together, the two partner festivals constitute the world’s largest platform for reflection on new technologies and digital culture.

The CTM 2014 programme presents the most compelling new artists of the year against a thematic background to create a multi-layered event that is both rich in content and experience.

CTMʼs daytime Transfer programme, housed within the Kunstquartier Bethanien, is an interdisciplinary laboratory and meeting ground for professionals and the general public. Transfer bundles CTMʼs Discourse series of panels, talks, and presentations, the MusicMakers Hacklab, a multi-day, open collaborative environment in which participants learn about new technologies and make their own musical inventions, and the Exhibiton, which runs January 24 – 23 February.

The Exhibition opening also coincides with a citywide weekend partner programme (January 22 – 26), produced in collaboration with Transmediale and highlighting affiliated music performances, art and media projects, workshops, and installations.

The festival’s night-time concert series takes place at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berghain, Stattbad, Astra, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

The first wave of confirmed CTM 2014 artists includes:

  • James Holden live [UK]
  • Charles Cohen [US] with Rabih Beaini [LB]
  • Cyclobe [UK], Lichens [US]
  • Porter Ricks [DE]
  • Opal Tapes feat Basic House [UK], Karen Gwyer [UK], 1991 [SE], Lumisokea [BE/IT]
  • Mark Ernestus presents Jeri-Jeri [DE/SN]
  • Black Manual [DE]
  • Metasplice [US]
  • Rodion G.A. [RO]
  • Erkki Kurenniemi showcase with Mika Vainio [FI], Carl Michael von Hausswolff [SE], Tommi Keränen [FI], Mikko Ojanen [FI], Mika Taanila [FI]
  • Generation Z : ReNoise – Russian Pioneers of Sound Art and Musical Technology in the Early 20th Century [RU]
  • Kontakt der Jünglinge [DE]
  • Chris Salter, Marije Baalman and Thomas Spier present n-polytope: Behaviours in Light and Sound after Iannis Xenakis [INT]
  • Kathy Alberici & Martha Jurksaitis [DE/UK]
  • Owen Roberts Ensemble [DE/UK]
  • Lukatoyboy [RS]
  • P.Node [INT]

And many more to come…