Parallel to the eight music installations, a discourse program will run at the festival center to provide a framework for discussing the aesthetics of the productions and their forms/formats. In particular, questions of space, time and corporeality will be addressed in relation to Western and non-Western modernities and late modernities.
Friday 6–7pm: Adham Hafez – Um Kolthoum on Mars
Set within a fictitious exploratory trip to Mars, where an initial conversation on music theory will be held with the native population of the Red Planet, this performance examines time, temporality, and colonialism through the voice and legacy of the iconic early 20th century Egyptian singer, Um Kolthoum. (Live audio-visual Performance. Production of HaRaKa Platform, powered by Wizara)
Saturday 11am–2pm: Isabel Lewis – Urban Flourishing
This live artwork by Isabel Lewis is a guided experience for collective listening in an expanded, fully sensorial way. As an embodiment experiment it encourages the listener to connect with their inner worlds in order to become more radically receptive to their outer worlds—to sounds, voices, music and the vibrations of urban material: urban life and nonlife. Lewis incorporates influences from dance, performance, and active listening practices in a hybrid practice of attunement for the body that suggests alternative modes of engagement with our built environment than those otherwise proposed to us in today’s highly regulated and standardized forms of urban existence. (Mixed media)
Sunday 11am–12pm: Christoph Haffter – Three Paradoxes of Art
Artistic production is driven by paradoxes. Art emerges from the desire to realizes what seems contradictory, impossible. In this talk, I would like to discuss three paradoxes that haunt and enliven contemporary art: the paradox of creating situations, the paradox of static sounds and the paradox of musical performances. (Talk)
Musikverein / Kantine