26.09 — 27.09.2020

1st Sounds Now Symposium – new dates!

co-hosted by the Akademie der Künste and Ultima in Berlin, Germany

Sounds Now’s first symposium has adapted to the COVID-19 context. Join us for Part 1, taking place online this fall on September 26 and 27. We then look forward to meeting you at Part 2, live at the Akademie der Künste in spring 2021!

More details coming soon.

Akademie der Künste

Curating Diversity in the EU: The freedom of curating under Socio-Political and Social Media Pressure

Sounds Now’s first symposium sheds light on the status quo of diversity in European festivals of contemporary music with a view to postcolonialism, necessary adaptations of the definition of contemporary music (composition, sound art) in a diverse, migratory European society and in cultural exchange with global aesthetic developments.

The split that we see in many societies is also reflected in the cultural sector. Who are the decision makers and do the decisions have exclusive traits? How democratically are decisions made? What significance do these decisions have on the visibility of the individual? The symposium will discuss mechanisms of (un)conscious inclusion and exclusion of composers / musicians and whether curators should explain their views and curatorial decisions.

Last, the symposium will set up an investigation into archives of festivals and arts institutions in the EU. What is the content of festival archives? Do they show an excluding approach to curating (only white males, who is in, who is out, who decides, are they colonial etc.) and how can we use this knowledge to make future paths of curating more inclusive?