CTM 2024 MusicMakers Hacklab finale – Sustenance

Berlin Germany
radialsystem, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin

Performance by: Amanda Bennetts (AU/AT), Claudix Vanesix (INT), Dimitris Mertzos (GR), Gisou Golshani (IR/UK), Ivan Skoryna (UA), Josefina Maro (AR/DE), Tobi Pfeil (NO/DE), Valeriia Khazan (UA/DE), Qusay Awad (SY/DE), and Zalán Szakács (NL).

Hosted by: Sophia Bulgakova (UA/NL) and Darsha Hewitt (CA/DE)

The Hacklab is an open, collaborative environment where participants work together during CTM Festival week to explore and realise new musical ideas. It culminates in a public finale performance on Sunday 4 February.

This year's Hacklab will focus on the idea of Sustenance, which is a contrast to our usual artistic language of appetites and hunger. We talk about burning energy to produce, but less often about how art feeds us. We talk about consuming, but not about whether our work feeds ourselves and others. Sustenance recognises that for all our narratives about markets and success, many artists live below subsistence levels. What does it mean to find nourishment in what we do? Can we escape competitive models of creation that assume finite resources? Against the background of the CTM 2024 theme of »Sustain,« what gives us actual sustenance?

Following an intensive week of collaboration in the radialsystem studios, a group of 10 fellows selected via open call with put their ideas to a test in a finale performance at radialsystem Halle.