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The final countdown: MaerzMusik’s Festival For Time Issues kicks off on 16 March

Berlin’s ten day festival sets out to probe current affairs through time and sound

The latest edition of MaerzMusik festival reflects on “the time wars of the present” through a series of concerts, performances, installations and symposiums featuring Terre Thaemlitz aka DJ Sprinkles, Mark Fell, Zeitkratzer, and many more. Happening across various venues in Berlin, the ten day event continues its special focus, begun during last year’s edition, on the late Julius Eastman.

Indeed, the festival opens on 16 March with Apartment House performing Eastman’s Buddha and Femenine; and the composer is also the subject of an exhibition called We Have Delivered Ourselves From The Tonal (from 24 March–6 May). Other highlights include a Zeitgeist evening centred around composers Iannis Xenakis, Brian Ferneyhough and Ashley Fure; and Georges Aperghis will premiere his composition Migrants. The latter’s theme of temporality and migration is also central to Hannes Seidl’s Salim’s Salon.

“This Festival For Time Issues proposes to probe the current state of affairs through the lens of time and through listening, collectively considering what today’s ‘beings in time’ experience on a daily basis,” declares Maerzmusik’s festival manifesto, continuing, “exposed as they are to diverging and colliding temporal force fields: flexibilisation, fragmentation and the maxing out of capacities; time horizons shrunk, stretched and warped; the vertigo of reciprocal speed and slowness; the loss of temporal claim and agency. Our hypothesis is that a war is raging between temporalities. Less obvious, perhaps, than today’s countless other conflicts, but no less real.”

MaerzMusik runs from 16–25 March. More information can be found on their website.