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2012 International Sound Art Festival Berlin

VOICES OF THE TIME - The voice as an authentic expression of the spirit of the age

Three weeks in autumn 2012 in the Mitte Museum and other public venues, presenting concerts, an interactive exhibition, a symposium, sound walks, "flashmobs" and an archive with historic voices
11 to 28 October

klangkunstfest 2011, foto: daniele melchioriAlex Nowitz, Foto: Sonja Kloevekorn

The 2012 International Sound Art Festival is focused on a very special area of music and sound, the basis of any musical expression whatsoever: the human voice.
During this event, a new format is to be tested and examined from the artistic point of view: It approaches the topic in different avenues, putting these in a counterpoint relationship. Concerts featuring a wide range of formats, an interactive audio exhibition with sound art and voices from history and the present, a symposium, sound walks, historical guided tours with sound, singing lessons and a workshop. The main focus here is, on one hand, the quality of authenticity, and, on the other hand, the field of experimental soundscapes in the noise world and the sound environment - two elements which are of particular importance in modern music and sound art.
The most advanced technique will be used: The "Berliner Lautsprecher-Orchester (Berlin Loudspeaker Orchestra)" is responsible for the electroacoustic and live-electronic sound projections. Additionally, there will be a concert for the new digital instrument known as the "strophonion". Live streams of the concerts and a twitter feed will also ensure the internet coverage of everything that happens.
Nevertheless, the 2012 Sound Art Festival is not just focused on the virtual, but above all on the direct sensory experience of things - a decelerated, intellectual, mental and physical perception, on a wide variety of levels. Another novelty is the incorporation and relation of non-artistic aspects of sound expressions by philosophers, linguists or a voice teacher, as well as historic voices, even from the realm of politics, which allows for getting a sense of another, or a former sense of Berlin. All of this does not happen in empty space, but in the city, in the district of Mitte-Wedding and in our quarter. This vocal art is not designed to appeal only to experts, but has the ambition to reach all members of the public and perhaps even inspire them to be interested in something they were not familiar with before. This is to be achieved through a large number of presentations at various locations in the city, by testing out a wide variety of formats (from the swarm in the street to a 1:1 concert) and, above all, by their adequate and creative staging.
In the course of the festival, various areas of vocal expression unfold and intertwine - which may be conceivable only in Berlin, the "Capital of Sound Art".


Soundwalk Klangkunstfest 2011, Foto: Deborah GerwinKatia Guedes Klangkunstfest 2011 Foto: Ron GerlachThomas Gerwin (composer and artistic manager)


Programm2
pdf - english text version and program


Thu, 11 Oct 2012
(Mitte Museum)
7. p.m. Sound walk with Dr. Michael Schenk
8. p.m. Opening with Sabine Weissler (District Councillor for Ongoing Education, Environment and Nature Conservation, District Administration of Mitte in Berlin), and Kerstin Sittner-Hinz (Head of the Mitte Museum and Head of the History Department, District Administration of Mitte)
8.30 p.m. Concert 1
Alex Nowitz (vocal artist with new media/cooperation with STEIM Amsterdam) with works by Alex Nowitz, premiere, and Thomas Gerwin, premiere. Nowitz plays his new digital instrument "strophonion":


Sun, 14 Oct 2012 (Mitte Museum)
2. p.m. Sound walk with Dr. Michael Schenk
3 p.m. Concert 2
Frieder Butzmann (vocal and radio artist) produces a new short programme on the festival theme „Voices of the time - Tuning time"


Thu, 18 October 2012 (Mitte Museum)
7. p.m. Sound walk with Dr. Michael Schenk
8 p.m. Concert 3
"Music for loudspeakers" (electroacoustic music with vocals) featuring works by Luciano Berio, John Cage, Thomas Gerwin, Sten Hanson, Ralf Hoyer, Klangkrieg
Christian Kesten (sound artist and performer) with works by Dieter Schnebel, Christian Kesten


Friday, 19 October 2012 (Bibliothek am Luisenbad)
8 p.m. - Concert 4 "KlangWelten ad hoc special (Soundscapes ad hoc special)" with Ellen Hünigen


Sunday, 21 October 2012 (Mitte Museum)
14th symposium with Prof. Dr. Christa Brüstle (requested)
5 p.m. - Sound walk (with TG. - tour starts in front of the building)


Thursday, 25. October 2012 (Mitte Museum)
7. p.m. Sound walk with Dr. Michael Schenk
8 p.m. Concert 5
"60x60 Voice-Mix" (Internationale Ars Acustica according to the solicitation on the occasion of "10 years 60x60", directed by Robert Voisey, NYC)
Katia Guedes (coloratura soprano) sings works by Martin Daske, premiere, Charlotte Seither, premiere, Helmut Zapf, premiere, Susanne Stelzenbach, premiere


Sunday, 28 October 2012
(Mitte Museum) "Finissage"
2 p.m. Concert 6
With Ulrike Sowodniok (experimental singer in combination with movement) sings/acts solo and with her "Sound Choir" from the festival room into public space, if necessary using "Swarm"/Twitter

An event by inter art project in cooperation with the Mitte Museum Berlin, Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv Frankfurt/Main (German Radio Archive Frankfurt/Main), RBB Kulturradio (Cultural Radio Channel of the Berlin-Brandenburg Radio Station), Electronic Music Foundation EMF New York, STEIM Amsterdam, 60x60 New York, Universität der Künste Berlin (College of Fine Arts of Berlin).


Event locations:

Mitte Museum

Bibliothek am Luisenbad, Travemünder Strasse 2, 13357 Berlin, underground station Pankstrasse
Public places in Berlin (Bundestag, Potsdamer Platz, Kulturforum), "Flashmobs" after short-notice announcement on the Internet


Sponsored by Bezirkskulturfonds Mitte von Berlin (District Cultural Fund Mitte in Berlin).

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