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CTM announces Persistence as new festival theme and launches Radio Lab call

CTM 2019 will examine “the aesthetic and societal potentials and pains of perseverance, and of its opposite: the transient and the provisional”

CTM will celebrate its 20th edition next year. Taking place between 25 January and 3 February across various venues in Berlin, the theme has been set as Persistence and, as usual, they have an open call for artists to submit proposals for new radio works in line with the theme.

“As polarising stances and simplistic rhetoric continue to proliferate at alarming rates, we are faced with the difficulties of resisting them and the rifts they create” explains the accompanying text introducing the themes. “The challenge lies in cultivating persistence without tumbling into rigidity or dogma – in cultivating a steadfastness through a recognition of diversity, difference, and hybridity while also embracing fluidity, uncertainty, and flux.” Examining the difficulties of balancing continuity and changeability, they ask: “Can music and art provide us with methods to move towards new societal horizons? Can we maintain a productive, idealistic kind of perseverance – a persistence of the transitory?”.

CTM has also put out an open call for submissions for this year's Radio Lab. Artists and musicians are invited to submit proposals that explore the medium of radio as it crosses over with either live performance or installation, and one that is based on the festival's special theme. The winning artist will receive a 5000€ honorarium, with the work premiered in the form of an installation or live performance at CTM 2019, followed by a broadcast on Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s Klangkunst programme in spring 2019 as a 40–55 minute radio show. The Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) will also present the following autumn.

Radio Lab launched in 2014 and is led by CTM Festival and Deutschlandradio Kultur – Radio Art / Klangkunst in collaboration with The Wire, Goethe-Institut and ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst. The Wire staffer and long-running contributor Phil England will be representing on the panel of jurors this year.

A full description of the theme can be found on the CTM website, where you can also get full submission details of Radio Lab. Last year the Cairo electronic music producer and UIQ affiliate Ahmed El Ghazoly aka ZULI won the commission. You can listen to the final radio work via Deutschlandfunk Kultur.