Sound around Kaliningrad, Russia, 24 - 26 May 2012

International Festival of Experimental Music, 24th to 25th May 2012 –

Curator: Akimov Danil

Participants: Carl Michael von Hausswolff (SE), JG Thirlwell (US), Jana Winderen (NO), Kiwa (EE), Greta Christensen & Camilla Sørensen a.k.a. Vinylterror and Horror (DK), Robert Piotrowicz (PL), Vladimir Tarasov (LT), Mats Lindstrom(SE), Maksims Shentelevs (LV), Hanna Hartman (SE), Morten Søndergaard (DK), John Grzinich (US), Jacob Kierkegaard (DK), Jelena Glazova (LV), Kaliningrad artists and musicians: Kratong, Danil Akimov, Nikodim, Sergey Sorokin, Kraynost, Not a mind, StirliTZ, Kolophonim Nachtigall, Kirill Polar Lights, Mad Twinz, InSpectr, Temnoyamsk, Pet Shop Noise (RU).

Sound around Kaliningrad is an international festival which is a unique opportunity for the Kaliningrad audience to get introduced to the works of the leading European musicians who work with contemporary experimental music and sound art and help create a platform for professional exchange, education and cooperation between international and Kaliningrad sound artists and musicians.

The Sound around Kaliningrad festival will be held on May 24-26th 2012 in several city sites (mansard of the Kronprinz barracks, Kaliningrad zoo, Reporter club, Kvartira club) and featured in a number of formats that help represent sound art and experimental music: concerts, performances, installations, workshops, screenings, audio broadcasts, interventions in public spaces and an open record library. In the framework of the festival a panel discussion devoted to the questions of exhibiting sound art in museum space will be held that will gather renowned international and Russian curators and artists who implement media art projects. Curators from NCCA branches from Nizhny Novgorod, Ekaterinburg, Vladikavkaz, Saint-Petersburg and Moscow will also participate in the discussion.

The festival follows up on such international projects as “Audio tourism”, “Sound Art Camp”, “Acoustic Diagnostics” and a forum “Sound around Kaliningrad” that have been headed by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts since 2005 in the framework of a program “Sound and Video: Feed Back” which features contemporary strategies in sound art and radical trends in experimental electronic music.

This loud and large-scale event will open a series of important art projects which highlight the 15-year anniversary of the Baltic Branch of NCCA in Kaliningrad in 2012.