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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Musicians and media artists Leslie Garcia & Paloma López
We are a multispecies collectivity experimenting in the intersection between art, science and technology. We embrace hybridized practices among different disciplines and living organisms, open knowledge and precarity as a challenge. Interspecifics electromagnetic phenomena transducer that makes use of bio and geo sensors to create a sonification (frequency) and visualization (cymatics) from different radiant energy inputs to allow for an interspecific prosthesis that could provide the basis for the creation of a new developmental synesthetic model of perception. It allows practitioners from a range of disciplines to find new ways of exploring hybrid systems of human body, biology, and sound.
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Hole of FameTBC
29th/APR - 3/MAY
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.
Outdoor interventions include BUQS by Teun Verkerk & Joris Hoogeboom [NL], a project commissioned by ECAS enabling denziens to playfully interact with sounds that occur in the local environment. Distributed over Dresden’s Alaun Street, the BUQS, small electronic life forms that live all over the city and invite interaction and relocation, convert public space into a soundscape that invites active exploration, experimentation and reconfiguration. The Environmental Auditors [INT] project reunites a musical ensemble in Dresden’s Garden City Hellerau, joining instrumental sounds with ambient environmental noises in improvisational sessions focusing on the site-specific auditory experience.