The MusicMakers Hacklab is a weeklong open, collaborative laboratory hosted by Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music. Now entering its 7th edition within CTM Festival, the Hacklab brought on co-hosts Andreas Siagian and Lintang Radittya to work together to make new and unplanned collaborative performances on this year’s adaptation theme.
Hacklab participants have been inventing collaborative performances that propose ways in which music can be a speculative medium for sustainability at a time when we face now-inevitable shifts in the world’s politics and climate. 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.
The Hacklab Finale takes place as part of CTM Festival, which celebrates 20 years in 2019! Through a series of concerts, club nights, an exhibition, talks, and other formats presented from 25.1.–3.2.2019 at various Berlin venues, CTM 2019 invites both longtime and new artistic collaborators and partners to collectively consider the struggles that come with balancing continuity and changeability. In this spirit, this edition's theme of Persistence examines the aesthetic and societal potentials and pains of perseverance, and of its opposite – the transient and the provisional. It’s not only a fitting allegory for our 20th birthday, but also describes an attempt to consider what is worth being persistent about, and how.
The CTM 2019 MusicMakers Hacklab is presented in collaboration with CDM, with the kind support of the SHAPE platform, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The 2019 Hacklab is also supported by Nusasonic, an initiative of Goethe-Institut Southeast Asia that is collaboratively curated by Yes No Wave (Yogyakarta), WSK Festival of the Recently Possible (Manila), Playfreely/Black Kaji (Singapore), and CTM Festival (Berlin).
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