Unsound Krakow Launches Theme Investigating "Dislocation" Across 2016 and 2017

Apr 04

Unsound announce DISLOCATION, a new theme to be explored in 2016 and 2017.

“The long and provocative tension between ‘center' and 'periphery’ often fuels cultural development,” says Unsound artistic director Mat Schulz. “Being based in Krakow, Poland, we know this well and have worked hard to break down such binaries. The very idea of a Polish-born festival producing prominent music events in New York, London, Toronto and Adelaide is unusual. But at a time when the world feels increasingly unstable, we want to more consciously explore all sorts of fertile peripheries in the context of geography, politics, identity, online interaction and more generally the contemporary social environment.”

DISCLOCATION will act as an anchor for Unsound Krakow's programming across commissioned projects, music, talks and more. The theme will also drive events and activities in various locations around the world, in the effort to expand and amplify disparate networks and communities underlying the festival.

In a project created in collaboration with Goethe-Institutes in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, a focus for these events is on locations in the former USSR, with eleven cities to host mini festivals from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Central Asia and the Caucasus region.

These sites, their architecture and landscapes, as well as artists active within them will also provide unique possibilities for commissioned works related to the specificity of location, presented in each city. These pieces will also tour, being presented in Krakow and elsewhere over 2016 and 2017. More information on this element of Dislocation is coming soon.

As part of DISLOCATION Krakow, Unsound is calling for co-curators to pitch sections of music and talks programming related to locations – including the Internet – that explore the inherent tensions and spaces between center and periphery - or possibly show that these have become irrelevant! Regardless of whether you run a noise night in London, a footwork label in Tokyo, live mostly online in your bedroom, or are a sociologist in Tbilisi, those interested should put together a one-page outline of their idea, along with links to artists/labels/music/writers, to [email protected]. The deadline is May 1st 2016.

A small event connected to New York will also take place in connection to Dislocation, underlining the city’s importance to Unsound’s development. Further details soon.

Remember that Unsound Toronto is also coming as part of Luminato Festival, with the lineup announcement later this month. And, finally, Unsound is a co-presenter of Inkonst’s Intonal in Malmö in Sweden in April, along with CTM and Stockholm’s legendary Elektronmusikstudion (EMS).

October 16 - 23

UNSOUND: DISLOCATION events elsewhere in 2016:
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – May 20 – 22, presented with Goethe-Institut Kazakhstan
Batumi, Georgia – May 27 – 28, presented with Goethe-Institut Tbilisi
New York – June 16 – 18, presented with Lincoln Center, Sustain-Release, the Bunker New York & the Polish Cultural Institute New York
Dushanbe, Tajikistan – September 9 – 10, presented with Goethe-Institut, Tashkent
Vladivostok, Russia – September 15 – 16, presented with Goethe-Institut Novosibirsk, Pacific Meridian Film Festival and CTM

FURTHER UNSOUND: DISLOCATION events in 2017 in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine – and elsewhere

UNSOUND TORONTO at Luminato Festival
June 10 - 11

INTONAL, presented by Inkonst, with CTM, EMS & Unsound
Malmö, Sweden – April 21 – 24