// February 1 – 6, 2011
// Various venues, Berlin
The 12th edition of Berlin's unique and radically open-minded music and art festival, CTM.11
, takes place from February 1 to 6, 2011. The festival, repeatedly designated as "Germany's prime meeting point for electronic and experimental music" and as "Berlin's best pop festival", puts down roots at new venues in Berlin Kreuzberg, namely the HAU
theatre and a cluster of spaces around the "Kotti" square – Festsaal Kreuzberg
, West Germany
and Paloma Bar
– where a Berlin stronghold for daring, independent music and art has developed. High profile club nights at Maria am Ostbahnhof
are planned too, as well as a concert series reviving chamber music at the .HBC
and an exhibition at the Kunstquartier Bethanien.
With these new and already established venues as partners, the festival follows not only a new agenda, one that helps create optimal conditions for each of the many musical styles and projects within the wide-ranging program – minimalist synth drones, audio-visual experiments, conceptual performances, retakes on cold wave, neo kraut and psychedelia, contemporary club sounds and combinations of neo classical music and electronica. But the festival again, and more than ever, makes a strong statement for an independent, experimental and risk-taking music culture, one that steers clear of commercial concerns and shallow routines and keeps operating with an alert socio-political sensibility. Something that is, despite Berlin’s exceptional musical and cultural diversity, still by no means a given.
Staying true to itself, CTM.11 again assembles a unique blend of concerts, parties, laboratories, exhibitions and conferences, which will inspire nightlife hedonists, friends of breakneck experimentation and critical minds alike – not to mention those in who all three qualities are fused.
CTM.11 kicks off on the evening of January 31 with an exceptional Opening Concert
in the beautiful premises of the HAU 1 theatre. Morton Subotnick
, intermedia artist, electronic music pioneer and developer of one of the world's first modular analogue synthesizers presents, in a German premiere, an all new piece in collaboration with Berlin video artist Lillevan
. Performed live on stage by Subotnick, Lillevan and the Korean piano virtuoso SooJin Anjou
, the piece titled "Silver Apples of the Moon Revisited" weaves together the various musical phases and techniques invented by Subotnick during his fifty years of explorative work. Additionally, Morton Subotnick will give an extensive lecture in which he offers insights into his work and approach.
PROGRAM IN SHORT
Extended Club Nights
at Berghain and Maria am Ostbahnhof on the weekend of February 4 to 6 present the state of affairs from within the ever-expanding club music universe. There’s a special focus on the diverse and continually permuting styles derived from the exploded genres of dubstep, grime and UK funky. Catch up with the latest developments of the UK scene at the big Hyperdub Night
at Berghain on Friday 5, which gathers the advance guard of the label's many forward thinking artists, Darkstar
, King Midas Sound
, Cooly G
and others, around mastermind Kode9
. Another special highlight is the Modeselektion
night scheduled for Saturday, 5.2 in Maria am Ostbahnhof, compiled by Berlin's own home-grown heroes of the bass line, Modeselektor
, who invited along some of their talented cronies: the video collective Pfadfinderei
, Ben UFO
, Cosmin TRG
. Other highlights include a Perlon night
at Panorama Bar, club concerts by Swedish techno-minimalists The Field
, and young Cologne trio, MIT
, who fuse Kraftwerk-inspired conceptual electronic music with the cold wave aesthetics of Joy Division.
The experimental Concert and Performance Program
at HAU, Festsaal Kreuzberg, West Germany and .HBC explores the interfaces between music, art and technology, and in doing so displays various strategies and takes on the idea of "live" performance, bringing, through firsthand experience, questions and conflicting conceptions which orbit around the festival theme #LIVE!?
, out into the open. These will then be addressed by a specially invited team of international theoreticians and artists in a two-day Symposium What is Live?
at HAU 1. The one-day presentation Pioneers
pays tribute to outstanding artists like Morton Subotnick
, Maryanne Amacher
, Max Neuhaus, Raymond Scott
, and others whose inspiring work laid the groundwork for much present-day artistic practice. The one-day symposium Festival as Lab
endeavours to redefine the festival format and invest the concept 'liveness' with new meaning. Workshops
and an Exhibition
at Kunstquartier Bethanien
curated and produced by Den Haag-based art space, TAG
, further the exchange between theory and practice.
In cooperation with partners from the ECAS-Network
, the Recombinant Media Labs
from San Francisco present in HAU 2
their spectacular immersive CineChamber
, featuring audiovisual compositions and live performances from renowned musicians and media artists such as Signal, Deadbeat, Semiconductor, Biosphere, Scott Afford, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Maryanne Amacher, Herman Kolgen, Edwin van der Heide
On the weekend prior to the festival (28 – 30 of January), transmediale
and a multitude of Berlin partners together invite you to the Digital Art & Sound Weekend
. This first edition of DAS Weekend
draws attention to the many artists, spaces and initiatives active in Berlin with great commitment and exciting ideas to promote artistic work and discourse in the converging zones between digital arts, experimental music and sound art. DAS Weekend
invites organizations, venues and individuals to present activities by setting up their own events.
The festival will close, as ever, with a lavish Closing Party
at Panorama Bar
in the afternoon and evening of Sunday 6, featuring notorious New York House eccentric, Green Velvet aka Cajmere
and the head of Clone Records, Serge
. Also on the evening of Sunday 6, the CTM.11 Closing Concert
presents a special performance by four luminaries of the European free jazz scene and celebrates the 70th birthd of one its most outstanding protagonists: Peter Brötzmann
, who will share the stage with Micheal Wertmüller
, Marino Pliakas
and Mats Gustafsson