Chronotopia is an initiative by CTM Festival and Goethe-Institut Athen that highlights connections between experimental music and research present and past. Points of contact between past and current music, sound, and media practices are explored, for instance via re-articulations of pre-modern musical forms and practices, media-archeological research, or archives amongst others. Avoiding a linear perspective that constructs time as an indication of progress, Chronotopia adopts and explores cyclical and spiralling ideas of history and time, narrative folds, parallel cultural transmissions, as well as temporal collapses where past and present fall into each other to arrive at a new dialogue. Sound, music, media practices, and speculative activities allow for alternative temporal spaces and histories.
Chronotopia Echoes / Αντηχήσεις will engage a group of sound artists and composers of electronic or electroacoustic music, selected via open call, who will be invited to interact with the vast archives of CMRC under the guidance of Anke Eckardt and Akis Sinos, aiming to create new works that will be presented in concert in Athens by late June / early July 2021. Guest scholars will conduct public webinars to offer insights on techno-cultural significance and condition of archives in the digital age.
The live events that had been originally scheduled for Chronotopia in 2020 will coincide with the presentation of these new works.
Chronotopia Echoes / Αντηχήσεις seeks sound artists and composers of electronic and electroacoustic music or sound artists with an intermedia approach from all over the world. Rather than purely theoretical and academic engagements, we seek artists who are engaged in hands-on experimentation and hybrid sounds and technologies. Artists should be interested in engaging with the sounds and recordings of the CMRC archive as much as with the concepts and histories stored therein, though this interest can assume a broader sense; it is, for example, not mandatory to work with the archival recordings themselves, as they could rather be used as inspirations for brand new works and original sound material.
A series of six intensive online labs with artists selected from an open call (see below) will explore points of contact between the materials and ideas expressed within the CMRC archive, and current contemporary practices. The goal is to imagine and seek possibilities of reworking the archived materials, for example via re-interpreting scores, concepts, compositional methodologies, and personal/ historical narratives. Beyond the respect for the archived works, it is the understanding of the existing material as processes which took place in the past that might offer potential starting points for novel transformative processes in the present.
Six selected artists will be granted a commission fee of 700 euros for the creation and presentation of a new sound work. Artists are encouraged to accompany their final artworks with additional materials that document and depict their artistic process (e.g. scores, spatial & temporal instructions for an installation, performance instructions, etc.).
The commissions will premiere as a showcase event at the Athens & Epidaurus Festival around late June / early July 2021 in Athens. The exact formats and details of the presentations will be decided together with the organisers, and are dependent on the COVID regulations at the time of the event. The selected artists will be brought to Athens for a paid stay, at which time they can visit CMRC and meet their fellow artistic lab colleagues and mentors. If in-person visits and presentations are not possible due to COVID restrictions, presentations will be staged remotely/online.