This year’s Dislocation theme has many different meanings.
One concerns the long and provocative tension between “centre” and “periphery” that often fuels cultural development. At a time when the world feels increasingly unstable we’re more consciously exploring fertile grounds in the context of geography, politics, identity, online connections and more generally the contemporary social environment.
Cross-border collaborations proliferate in the 2016 program. Some connect to Unsound: Dislocation events in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Dushanbe, Tajikistan; and Vladivostok, Russia, where the projects have been developed and premiered. Other collaborations already existed but resonated with our theme.
Dislocation has also taken on meanings we hadn’t anticipated. For example, the idea of Brexit seemed impossible just a few months ago. We’ve responded with many events devoted to UK artists, including commissioned projects and premieres, as a statement on the strong links between Poland and UK artists and audiences via the festival.
Then there are other interpretations. Dislocation in space and time. Dislocation from the body. Dislocated meeting points between apparently disparate spheres such as experimental dance pop and Polish traditional dance, or the orchestral world and the underground fringes of industrial music.
All these subjects and more will also be explored in an extensive day program more vital than ever, with talks, films and workshops.
And remember, as you sift through the program: you don’t come to Unsound only to underline what you know, but also to discover.