As previously announced, Unsound will present a memorial concert to JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON not only during the final show of Kraków festival, but also with a bigger capacity concert at NOSPR in Katowice on the eve of All Saints’ Day on 31st October. The lineup for the Katowice show includes: ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE, ERIK K. SKODVIN and SAM SLATER, Polish cellist RESINA and SINFONIETTA CRACOVIA. The evening’s program will also include a short introduction with new music from Sam Slater. Tickets will available through NOSPR website at 3pm.
Tickets are now also on sale for ARCHIVE with PAWEŁ ROMAŃCZUK, TOMOKO SAUVAGE and ELEKTRO MOON VISION, exploring the photographic legacy of** ZOFIA RYDET**. The show will take place in ICE’s theatre hall on Sunday October 14th. Also, the new phase of Unsound’s EPHEMERA’s project Foris - featuring CHRIS WATSON’s sound, scent by GEZA SCHOEN and light design by MFO- will be presented as a series of special sessions for a limited number of people through the week. Tickets to sessions of Foris - lasting for around 45 minutes - are not included in the festival pass, and cost 15 PLN.
While tickets to GATEWAY, CLICKBAIT, and MEMORY events are currently sold out, tickets to all other events are still available. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest information.
Lastly, the music program has been finalized:
Adam Gołębiewski 🇵🇱 / Andrea Belfi & Valerio Tricoli present Drums-Fried / Tape-Fried 🇮🇹🇩🇪 / Aquarian 🇨🇦🇩🇪 / Bill Kouligas 🇬🇷🇩🇪 / Biøs 🇵🇱 / Charlie 🇩🇪🇵🇱 / Chino 🇵🇱 / DEBONAIR 🇬🇧 / Dengue Dengue Dengue present Pandilla Explorations 🇵🇪🇩🇪 / Discomule 🇵🇱 / Eltron 🇵🇱 / Jung an Tagen presents Agent Im Objekt 🇦🇹 / Kamil Szuszkiewicz, Teoniki Rożynek & Antonina Nowacka present Satin Made of Triggers 🇵🇱 / Pel Bonheur 🇵🇱 / Rian Treanor 🇬🇧 / RRRKRTA 🇵🇱 / Rusałka 🇵🇱 / Sheepshead 🇺🇸🇩🇪 / Sho Madjozi & DJ Lag 🇿🇦 / Slikback 🇰🇪🇺🇬 / Tutu 🇪🇸
Another addition to the program came through the spring open call. Selected from the Unsound call for entries, KAMIL SZUSZKIEWICZ, TEONIKI ROŻYNEK and ANTONINA NOWACKA’s Satin Made of Triggers will explore the phenomenon of ASMR - or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response - through two intimate daytime shows combining live instrumentation and performance.
A special show comes from SHO MADJOZI, a bright star of South African rap who comes to Kraków for an European premiere, together with gqom’s leading force DJ LAG and two traditional Limpopo dancers. DENGUE DENGUE DENGUE will present a world premiere of a new show preserving the pandilla rhythms of the Peruvian selva.
Further celebrations of the PAN label’s 10th birthday commence with Italian tape artist VALERIO TRICOLI joining forces with a fellow countryman percussionist ANDREA BELFI for an improv show focused on both texture and rhythms, called Drums-Fried / Tape-Fried. The imprint’s head BILL KOULIGAS will also appear at Unsound, with a DJ set at the closing party.
Polish drummer ADAM GOŁĘBIEWSKI joins the Thursday Hotel Forum lineup, bringing a live and noisy disruption to the industrial club program. An intense experience of a different kind will be delivered by JUNG AN TAGENwho presents his Agent Im Objekt A/V show, with blinding lights and extreme computer music.
A mid-week party at Szpitalna 1 club will feature Nyege Nyege-affiliated Kenyan artist SLIKBACK, pushing his unique strain of African club music; RIAN TREANOR with an intense set built around rave tracks, as well as other adventurous techno DJs blending techno and experimental music: TUTU and AQUARIAN. The lineup is rounded up by Newtype Rhythms’s SHEEPSHEAD and residents of the club: CHINO, CHARLIE and BIØS.
The program is rounded up by Unsound’s friends: Brutaż’s RRRKRTA will play music in the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, ELTRONopens the Hotel Forum Friday event, DISCOMULE will play first at the opening party, while *RUSAŁKA *and DEBONAIR bookend the closing party. Last but not least, London-based Kraków DJ PEL BONHEUR will also appear in Forum with an experimental set.
Finally, previously announced KELLY MORAN has had to cancel her performance on the afternoon of Saturday 13th October. She has been replaced with REMEK HANAJ, whose show has been moved from Hotel Forum to ICE’s Theatre Hall.
Bigger than even before, Unsound’s screening program almost comprises a film festival within a festival. Presented with Kino Pod Baranami, sessions take place in the afternoons, with a focus on documentaries exploring the Presence theme.
Films include HOAX_CANULAR and GOING SOUTH by Dominic Gagnon, exploring the Internet in a post-truth era in different ways. Faithful to Gagnon’s credo of cinema without camera, all material is drawn solely from found videos uploaded online. Maxim Pozdorowkin’s OUR NEW PRESIDENT tells the story of Donald Trump’s election entirely through Russian propaganda, while THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE by Hao Wu presents the world of live-streaming in China, the nation’s most popular online entertainment.
Offering another perspective on technology is Florian Weigensamer and Christian Krones’ WELCOME TO SODOM, a documentary about the dumping of the West’s e-waste in Ghana, starkly exposing the Internet’s illusion of being immaterial. Fabrizio Terranova’s DONNA HARAWAY: STORY TELLING FOR EARTHLY SURVIVOR provides a warm, engaging profile of a key figure in the discussion around media saturation, cyborgization, and the anthropocene.
Films connected to music include Jake Meginsky’s FULL MANTIS, about New York percussionist Milford Graves, as well as Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman’s TRANNY FAG, about Linn Da Quebrada, the Brazilian black trans artist and activist who performs at Unsound this year. Meanwhile, Arwen Curry’s WORLDS OF URSULA LE GUIN is about the life and legacy of the late feminist author, and connects to the Music and Poetry of The Kesh performance at Unsound.
Animation is also present in the screenings program with works by Don Hertzfelt, the creator of short films related to time, memory and technology: THE WORLD OF TOMORROW and THE WORLD OF TOMORROW EPISODE TWO: THE BURDEN OF OTHER PEOPLE'S THOUGHTS, as well as Lawrence Lek’s GEOMANCER, a CGI film about the creative awakening of AI. UK duo Patten submitted 3049 to the Unsound call for entries, a non-dystopic imagining of a positive collective future, asking, “How do we make it to 3049?”
Already announced, Kristen Gallerneaux’s THE HUM – about the vibroacoustic effects of infrasound - was also a winner of the Unsound call for entries. Two more shorts include REBIRTH IS NECESSARY by Jenn Nkiru, a film exploring the magic and dynamism of Blackness, and 90 SECONDS IN NORTH KOREA, in which filmmaker Ranko Paukovic slows down moments of life in the isolated nation.
Note that film screening sessions are not included in the Unsound pass. Tickets can be purchased via Kino Pod Baranami’s website or at the cinema. The screening of The Hum and the associated talk is free of charge.
Unsound will also host its most extensive workshop program ever. Presented with the label PAN and already announced, *TCF * will lead a week-long workshop on bot building that deals with identity, social media presence and automation. Selected from the Unsound call for entries, Polish NGO Panoptykon Foundation will lead The Algorithmic Factory, exploring the ways that personal data has become a new currency and instrument of power.
Also in the program is Poland’s first algorave workshop, with Renick Bell, Miri Kat and Krakow’s Geek Girls Carrots teaching participants how to code music live. XHOIR sees Colin Self lead a non-utilitarian vocal workshop, while the Safe Space workshop is for active promoters to share stories, tips and work together to make their events safer and more comfortable.
There will also be two Mark Fisher reading groups, presented with Repeater Books, coinciding with the release of his new book K-Punk and offering an opportunity to remember and celebrate the late writer’s work in a intimate setting. Also connected to writing, Resident Advisor editor Will Lynch will again lead a music journalism workshop.
Note that although all workshops are free, registration is required in order to participate. As space is limited, the sooner you apply the better. Only apply if you definitely intend to attend. All information can be found via individual session descriptions in the Unsound website.
Jung an Tagen & Tutu are supported by the SHAPE Platform.