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Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman & Israel Martínez win CTM 2019 Radio Lab Call

Inspiration comes from forms of animism and the persistence of resistance in Mexico

CTM festival has announced the winners for their annual Radio Lab Call. As usual, the commission is awarded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration with ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival, Ö1 Kunstradio, and The Wire magazine. This year, Wire staffer and regular contributor Phil England was on the panel.

Artists were invited to submit proposals for a radio piece and live performance or installation in relation to the 2019 theme Persistence. Out of the 175 entries from 43 different countries, two artists have been awarded €5000 for production costs. They were Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman & Israel Martínez.

Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman proposed a piece titled (Non) Humanism And Animism. Lierman will focus on modern forms of animism and its survival despite oppression and colonisation. The artist was born in Rwanda and raised in Belgium, and for the work took inspiration from conversations she's had with her 108 year old grandfather, one of the last living Rwandan traditional hunters and doctors.

Mexican sound artist Israel Martínez's offering is called Love And Rage, and acts as a tribute to persistence of resistance. "Persistence in Mexico, as in other parts of the world, or rather, throughout the world, today, is not a choice or a possibility: it is a condition to be able to survive, to be able to imagine a different future ... contributing substantially to critical thinking and resistance throughout the world", he says.

Both pieces will be premiered at CTM 2019 Festival in Berlin, taking place between 25 January and 3 February. Radio versions will be broadcast via Deutschlandfunk Kultur in spring 2019, and again by on ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival or Ö1 Kunstradio in autumn 2019.

On the jury were: Cedric Fermont, Elisabeth Zimmerman, Jan Rohlf, Marcus Gammel, and Phil England.