We are living through liminal times. We bear witness to social and technological shifts, pushed and pulled by numerous processes of transformation. Due to cultural, ecological, geographical, and political negotiations, we find ourselves stuck between an unsustainable past and contestable futures. The well-known and familiar no longer promise stability nor certainty, but the solutions for an encouraging future often remain out of sight. We are in between. Amidst ambivalence and perpetual shift, we drift without assurance nor certainty.
Entitled “Liminal," CTM 2020 throws itself into limbo in hopes of stimulating a critical discussion of our present and possible futures. Music has long been a site of negotiating boundary-disturbing experiences and acts of transgression. The liminal characterises many cultural, spiritual, and social practices and rituals associated with music. It is the fundamental challenging of norms and identities. At the same time it is a contact zone with the "other," the unconscious, and altered forms of being. So can it be used as a space for experimentation? As we rustle, challenge, disturb, and disrupt boundaries, can we tread through liminality to concoct and build new ways of being with one another? With this in mind, CTM 2020 examines the potentials of experimental politics in liminal spaces that, for now, must make do without tangible utopias.
As always, CTM Festival will combine first-hand experience and critical reflection in a programme housed at various Berlin venues including longtime partners Berghain / Panorama Bar, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, and Kunstquartier Bethanien. Club events and concerts will be complemented by wide-ranging discourse and debate via daytime lectures and artist talks, a Hacklab, the CTM Exhibition, and more.
CTM Festival will take place parallel to and in collaboration with transmediale - festival for art and digital culture berlin. In the weeks before the two festivals, the Vorspiel programme will unite Berlin-based initiatives and venues in creating a city-wide programme of exhibitions, performances, artist talks and more.
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