Icasfestival 2015 art by VOJD
From 27 April to 3 May 2015, Dresden will become a hotspot for advanced music and related arts as the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network reunites over 20 music and media art festivals into a Festival of Festivals. Assembling a mix of club concerts, outdoor interventions, a multi-day conference programme, a film series, lab formats, as well as an exhibition, the festival adopts the theme of “Tools for an Unknown Future” in an attempt to examine how to cope with increasing uncertainty using the tools that have been developed so far. In times with no illusions of utopia, the urge to find methods of self-empowerment – a back-up for the unknown – is more urgently needed than ever before.
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Produced By
ICAS Festival - "Networking Tomorrow's Art for an Unknown Future" is a collaboration between: Trans-Media-Akedemie Hellerau e.V., DISK - Initiative Bild & Ton e.V., HELLERAU - EuropeanCenter for the Arts Dresden, and the ICAS Network.

In collaboration with:
ECAS Project Members, SHAPE Platform Members, DAVE – Dresden Audiovisual Experience, and Wir gestalten Dresden – Branch Association for Culture and Creative Industry Dresden.

A full list of ICAS Festival partners and supporters can be found in this website's Partners section.
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TMA Office
Mailing Address:
Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau e.V.
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56
01109 Dresden / Germany

Street Address:
Trans-Media-Labor Hellerau
Moritzburgerweg 67
01109 Dresden/ Germany

Tel.: +49 351 8896665
Email: info@t-m-a.de
Website: http://t-m-a.de
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ICAS Network
The ICAS Festival takes shape as a unique rendezvous of over 20 independent cultural organisations from the ICAS – International Cities for Advanced Sound network. Founded in 2009, ICAS is a global network of over 35 independent non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing sound cultures, music, and related arts. Using a palette of transdisciplinary approaches, ICAS member organizations reflect on the aesthetic and societal agency of contemporary sound creation in regard to transformation processes induced by digital technology, and actively engage in building bridges between art disciplines, cultural fields, scenes, and genres.
http://icasnetwork.org // Facebook // Twitter
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SHAPE Platform
As part of its exploration of the “Tools for an Unknown Future” theme, the festival will present two projects created within the ICAS network, one of which is the newly-launched SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art, and Performance in Europe) Platform. SHAPE unites 16 organisations over 3 years in support of 144 artists through performance and educational opportunities as well as a discussions and workshops within the daytime conference programme. The 2015 SHAPE artists presented include: Lorenzo Senni, Gábor Lázár, Bocca al Lupo (Kathy Alberici with Federico Nitti), and Low Jack.

See sub page for links and information.
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Organisations Present At The Festival
Biennale Némo/ARCADI (Paris, FR) / Cimatics (Brussels, BE) / CTM - Festival for Adventurous Music and Art (Berlin, DE) / Cultures Electroni[K] (Rennes, FR) / CYNETART (Dresden, DE) / FutureEverything (Manchester, UK) / Insomnia (Tromsø, NO) / Les siestes électroniques (Toulouse, FR) / MeetFactory (Prague, CZ) / SONICA Festival (Ljubljana, SI) / Novas Frequências (Rio de Janeiro, BR) / ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst (Graz, AT) / RIAM (Marseilles, FR) / Rokolectiv (Bucharest, RO) / Schiev Festival (Brussels, BE) / Skaņu Mežs (Riga, LV) / SOCO (Montevideo, UY) / TodaysArt (The Hague, NL) / UH Festival (Budapest, HU) / Unsound (Kraków, PL) / with more to come
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Taking place at venues Lab15, Altes Wettbüro, Hole of Fame, and the Thalia movie theatre, the ICAS Festival is headquartered at the Festspielhaus Hellerau. A true birthplace of the 20th century avant-garde, the location that served as an important centre for experimentation with new forms of community living as well as early modern theatre, dance, and performing arts from 1911 until the 1930’s, Hellerau regrouped important artists and thinkers, including visual artist Nancy Spero, choreographer Mary Wigman, eurythmics founder Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, architects Adolphe Appia and LeCorbusier, and composer Igor Stravinsky before being shut prior to WWII.
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ECAS Project
As part of its exploration of the “Tools for an Unknown Future” theme, the festival will present two projects created within the ICAS network. The first project, titled ECAS – European Cities of Advanced Sound – united 9 European ICAS members in an intense 5-year trajectory of artistic collaboration and knowledge exchange. Coming to a close at the ICAS Festival, the ECAS project will be examined via the presentation of several ECAS-commissioned works and supported artists as well as topics within the conference programme.

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