CTM 2018 MusicMakers Hacklab Finale “The Hacked Mind”

Part of “CTM 2018 – Turmoil”


120 Min.

The MusicMakers Hacklab is a weeklong open, collaborative laboratory hosted by Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music. Now entering its 6th edition within the CTM Festival, Hacklab brings on co-host Ioann Maria to reflect on the promise and danger of artificial intelligence and machine learning in music.

These technologies have created the opportunity to make the machine a more relatable collaborator – allowing it to listen, see, and respond in a way that more closely mimics human expectations. There’s growing hope that these techniques can externalise our own perception and potential. But there are justified worries about these technologies. Can artists help calm some of our fears by hacking or transforming AI technology into something more open and transparent?

For this year's Hacklab, participants will invent collaborative performances that embrace the chaos, strangeness, and cultural anxiety surrounding the theme of AI, echoing the titular Turmoil of this year's CTM festival. Just-created performance designs, circuits, code, and ideas will be put to the test in front of a live audience as a multidisciplinary group of creative performers share the work they've constructed over the course of the CTM festival week. Expect new work in live musical performance, movement, visuals, and surprises.

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The CTM 2018 MusicMakers Hacklab is presented in collaboration with CDM, with the kind support of Native Instruments and the SHAPE platform, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

CTM 2018 — Turmoil is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, German Federal Cultural Foundation, Capital Cultural Fund, Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Initiative Musik, Goethe Institut, Federal Foreign Office.

CTM 2018 is a project by DISK – Initiative Bild & Ton e.V. and DISK / CTM GbR in cooperation with transmediale, Kulturprojekte Berlin, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, and many other partners.

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