The Transmediale special exhibition Alien matter, hosted by Haus der Kulturen der Welt, kicks off the 2nd of February and runs for a month. It focuses on neo-cybernetic couplings between human and nonhuman forces, creatures and technologies, analysing possibilities and limitations of artistic expression through media. Curated by Inke Arns, the show counts with circa twenty artists whose works spin around becoming “alien matter” using artificial intelligence and synthetic materials.
Coming back to CTM and according to organization, since its inception, the aim has been to make space for radical forms of musical expression and dissonant emotions. Ten days ahead of nocturnal club events and daily discussions and debates to examine artistic, socio-politic and technical developments in music culture through panels, screenings and presentations.
Fear Anger Love will focus explicitly on emotions through music: bodies, affect and politics. Music as an art placed to express and engender emotions. The debate about the manipulative, seductive, or emancipatory potential of resonant emotion is as old as music itself. That’s why this edition’s line up seeks to introduce musicians and artists that are working with emotion in various ways to respond to urgent societal issues and conflicts driven by emotions.
This year’s exhibition, Critical Constellations of the Audio-Machine in Mexico, takes as its focus the history and current state of electronic music and sound art in Mexico, guiding visitors through the different musical styles and sound experiments that have emerged since the beginning of the 20th century. Curated by sound researcher Carlos Acevedo, the exhibition features works by Mexican sound art community.