Call for Proposals – Vorspiel 2017 Pre-Festival Program

Vorspiel Opening 2016 at ACUD MACHT NEU Photo:Udo Siegfriedt / CTM 2016
Vorspiel Opening 2016 at ACUD MACHT NEU Photo:Udo Siegfriedt / CTM 2016

For the upcoming edition of 2017, transmediale and CTM festival will again cooperate with the Berlin network of project spaces, galleries, independent cultural actors, and cultural institutions. In order to commonly create and present a distributed program of events by the various initiatives that are working in the field of digital art and culture as well as experimental sound and music, we want to warmly invite you to take part in Vorspiel 2017.

Please note: the registration for Vorspiel 2017 is already closed.

Concept of Vorspiel 2017

With Vorspiel 2017, transmediale and CTM want to continue the tradition of creating and strengthening the network and scene of cultural actors and institutions, which has been established over the last years. Vorspiel is part of transmediale’s resource platform and its efforts to strengthen the network of cultural managers, institutions, and project spaces in Berlin and around it. The network aims to connect different genres and practices for creating opportunities of common exchange and reflection and for bringing together communities and individuals which are dealing with art, technology, politics, and identity in a critical way.

Call for Projects

The call for projects for Vorspiel 2017 is addressed to independent project spaces, platforms, curators, and artists in Berlin. In addition to the upcoming editions of transmediale and CTM, the idea is to create a program (with exhibitions, performances, concerts, presentations, and other formats) that is distributed in Berlin and its various and diverse project spaces, galleries, and institutions that are dealing with digital art and culture as well as experimental sounds and music. It is meant to be a program for the city of Berlin, representing the variety of the different cultural actors in a concentrated and energetic format, while also seeking to strengthen the dialog with the two festivals. To create this link, the Vorspiel program will take place before both festivals and go on for 6 weeks. It will start with a common opening event on 20 January 2017 at ACUD MACHT NEU, organized by transmediale and CTM, with all participating venues and representatives of the city and the scene. To avoid overlappings and develop a dynamic program, transmediale, CTM and members of the network coordinate the event scheduling according to neighbourhoods and formats. The costs for production and organization of the various events will have to be covered by their spaces and organizers; transmediale and CTM will organize the communication and promotion of the program.

The 2017 festival themes

ever elusive – thirty years of transmediale

Under the title ever elusive transmediale celebrates its 30 year anniversary with an entire month of activities from 2 February to 5 March 2017. The approach taken to the anniversary is a contemporary rather than a retrospective one: ever elusive – thirty years of transmediale aims to use the critical and artistic knowledge built up over the years at the festival to reframe the question of the role of media today. In a world where technology more and more operates independently of humans, where does the power to act and to mediate lie?

CTM 2017 Fear Anger Love

The 18th edition of CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Art takes place from 27 January to 5 February 2017. Under the title Fear Anger Love the program traces the complex (musical) relations between bodies, affect, and politics, making space for radical and extreme forms of musical expression and dissonant emotions.

Vorspiel 2017 – Dates

Vorspiel Opening at ACUD MACHT NEU
20 January 2017

Vorspiel Program
20 Jan – 5 Mar 2017

CTM 2017 Fear Anger Love
27 Jan – 5 Feb 2017

ever elusive – thirty years of transmediale
2 Feb – 5 Mar 2016