When, in the early 50s, electronic music appeared on the scene with the promise of abandoning all physical limits of music-making this was – like much besides – a Promethian male fantasy. Indeed, this music subsequently led to everything but disembodiment. From the psychedelic trances of the 60s and Kraftwerk robotics of the 70s, through to Techno ecstasies, gender-political interventions in the 90s and laptop performance – the questions as to how, from whom, to what ends and in which contexts electronics and the human body might be cable-linked have continually had to be addressed anew.
A reading from and presentation of the book “Gendertronics”, an in-depth study of questions raised by last year’s festival theme, Performing Sound, edited by CTM and Meike Jansen and published by Edition Suhrkamp; with contributions from Olaf Arndt, Mariola Brillowska, Diedrich Diederichsen, Tom Holert, Thomas Meinecke, Pinky Rose, Birgit Richard, Terre Thaemlitz, amongst others. – In German language.
> see also PROJECTS – GENDERTRONICS