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Four-Day Convention on Curating Contemporary Music


17 – 20 July, 10.00 – 18.00, Schader-Forum (Goethestraße 2, 64285 Darmstadt)

Defragmentation — Curating Contemporary Music is a research project aimed at enduringly establishing the debates currently ongoing in many disciplines on gender & diversity, decolonization and technological change in institutions of New Music, as well as discussing curatorial practices in this field. Supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the research is being jointly initiated by the Darmstadt Summer Course, Donaueschingen Festival and MaerzMusik — Festival für Zeitfragen and in cooperation with the Ultima Festival Oslo. A key goal is to accelerate structural and habitual change with respect to these interlinked thematic areas and develop better practices. Each of the festivals seeks to achieve this goal in its own way in collaboration with artists, researchers and curators from various fields, and subsequently shares the results of the process adopted. On the basis of this (self-)critical yet generative ­a­pproach the project seeks to act as a catalyst and, through its cooperation with four renowned international festivals, ensure continuity and a high profile.

In the four-day event with, among other things, thematic lectures, artistic interventions, workshops, think tanks, listening sessions, film screenings and open space events, an intensive atmosphere will emerge that allows new insights and the development of a broad discussion.

With contributions by: Freida Abtan, Heloisa Amaral, Joanne Armitage, Camille C. Baker, Lendl Barcelos, Diann Bauer, Sandeep Bhagwati, Georgina Born, Joseph Browne, Raven Chacon, Anke Charton, Amy Cimini, Bill Dietz, Corinne Diserens, Patrick Frank, Elinor Frey, Jérôme Glicenstein, Björn Gottstein, GRiNM, Lars Petter Hagen, Stefan Heidenreich, Sofia Jernberg, Sarah Kember, Hannah Kendall, George E. Lewis, Florian Malzacher, Julia Mihály, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Tim Perkis, Berno Odo Polzer, Brian Reinbolt, Trond Reinholdtsen, Dorothee Richter, Marina Rosenfeld, Tim Rutherford-Johnson, Thomas Schäfer, Alexander Schubert, Christabel Stirling, Terre Thaemlitz, Felix del Tredici, Martin Tröndle, Rolando Vázquez, Stellan Veloce and others

Program: Heloisa Amaral, Camille C. Baker, Georgina Born, Björn Gottstein, Lars Petter Hagen, George E. Lewis, Tim Perkis, Berno Odo Polzer, Thomas Schäfer

In collaboration with the Schader-Stiftung

Project Management: Katja Heldt

A project of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD) / the Darmstadt Summer Course, the Donaueschinger Musiktage, of ­MaerzMusik — Festival for Time Issues and in cooperation with Ultima Festival Oslo