The Wire


Unsound festival announces its theme for 2018 and an open call to artists

Taking place in Krakow between 7 and 14 October, this year's new theme is Presence

Presence is the theme for Unsound Krakow 2018. Carrying on from focal topics of Flower Power and Future Shock, the aim, they say, is to encourage people to live in the now by thinking about ways in which they listen. “What does it mean to be present in a world of media saturation, where reality can be virtual or augmented, intelligence made artificial?” Asks the brief. “How should we exist in an age of self display, anxiety, cryptocurrencies, robotic technologies, data harvesting, algorithms, disinformation, social media bots and conspiracy theories? How does one understand nature, when it exists as a place to be visited rather than lived in? How are communities formed and broken via social media? How do we engage deeply in a world of surfaces? And, when necessary, how do we disengage?” They wish to make clear, however, that this isn't about nostalgia, it is about forging something progressive out of the current situation.

The line-up is yet to be announced, but they do promise a daytime discourse and film screening programme that delves into the topic, as well as new commissions in music, sound, and visual arts.

As well as that, Unsound 2018 has launched an open call for musicians, visual and sound artists, writers and academics to submit proposals related to its theme. “We encourage you to think deeply about the many and different potential meanings, asking for one A4 page outlining an existing or proposed work, including links to support material.” Proposals can be submitted by email. Deadline is 11 June.