CTM 2017 – Fear Anger Love, 27 janvier 2017 19:00-5 février 2017 23:59, .

CTM 2017
27. January – 5. February 2017 | Berlin

“Music expresses that which cannot be said yet about which it is impossible to remain silent”. – Victor Hugo

Following the outstanding success of the 2016 CTM Festival and its all-time record of 35,000 guests we are delighted to announce the dates and themes of the forthcoming 18th edition: CTM 2017 will take place from 27 January to 5 February 2017 at various Berlin venues, some of them new and others seasoned veterans like Berghain, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Kunstquartier Bethanien.

A major aim of the CTM Festival since its inception has been to make space for radical and extreme forms of musical expression and dissonant emotions. Under the title FEAR ANGER LOVE, CTM 2017 plans to focus explicitly on such emotions in or through music, as well as on the diverse strategies that are applied to unleash or harness them, thus to trace the complex (musical) relations between bodies, affect and politics.

Be it through the thrust and thrill of unbridled vitality, improved social cohesion, liberating confession, self-assured exhibitionism, catharsis, the exorcism of unsettling sensibilities, political protest, or an ardent empathy with all things foreign, the intense emotional states engendered in and by music challenge society to foster greater openness and so lend essential clout to emancipatory strategies, especially those of minority groups.
The double-whammy of first-hand experience coupled with critical reflection is at the very core of the CTM programme: club events and concerts complemented by daytime offerings of broad-ranging discourse and debate. In addition to a lecture series, interviews and the festival exhibition, both the 5th edition of the MusicMakers Hacklab organised by Peter Kirn and Create Digital Music and numerous networking sessions assure ample opportunities for exchange and learning.

The CTM 2017 Radio Lab Call, now in its fourth year, is an open invitation to submit ideas for the creative interweave of radio art and live performance or installation art (see http://www.ctm-festival.de for details; submissions deadline 28 August 2016).

The first artists and other participants appearing at CTM 2017 will be announced in October. Early Bird Festival Passes will be available then too.

As always, the CTM Festival will take place parallel to and in collaboration with the transmediale – Festival for Art and Digital Culture, which in 2017 will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with an extended programme and new formats.

Preceding the two festivals, the 6th edition of Vorspiel, a city-wide programme in which over 30 Berlin-based initiatives and venues invite the public to a series of exhibition openings, performances, interventions, artist talks and special events, will be launched on 20 January.