CTM 2016 will host a special edition of the "Seismographic Sounds. Visions of a New World" exhibition, curated by Norient Sounds (International Network for Local and Global Sounds and Media Culture), an innovative network that explores issues of globalisation and digitisation. For the exhibition’s presentation within CTM 2016, Norient and CTM curated additional works by Pedro Reyes, Tianzhuo Chen, and Raed Yassin.
“Seismographic Sounds. Visions of a New World” is a multi-authored exhibition assembling distinct music, sound art and videos created, compiled and commented by 250 artists, musicians, academics and bloggers from 50 countries. Often produced in small studios from Jakarta to La Paz, Cape Town to Helsinki, these works experiment with the possibilities of the internet age and illuminate new spaces beyond the confines of commercialism, propaganda, and bigotry. Countering pessimistic views that globalisation and digitisation have led to cultural uniformity, they foresee a changing geography of multi-layered modernities, far beyond old ideas of North versus South, West versus East.
By diving into six topics — Money, Loneliness, War, Belonging, Exotica and Desire — visitors explore the exhibition as an audio-visual composition filled with music videos with subversive sounds and messages; experimental podcasts from local artists and journalists; a three-channel round table installation hosting controversial discussions between journalists, bloggers, artists and academics; and numerous other sound and video installations, experimental audio mixtapes and remixes.
While a seismograph measures and records force and duration of earthquakes, with “Seismographic Sounds”, Norient aims to measure visions of a new world. In keeping with this mandate, all exhibition content comes from multiple perspectives of musicians, authors, journalists and photographers from all over the world.
Founded in 2002 by Thomas Burkhalter, Norient searches for new music, sounds and noises from around the planet. The Network for Local and Global Sounds and Media Culture is based in Bern (Switzerland), and discusses current issues critically, from different perspectives, close to musicians and their networks. Through the Norient Online Magazine, the Norient Musikfilm Festival, performances, books, documentary films, traveling exhibitions and radio programs Norient hopes to orient and disorient readers, listeners and spectators and present to them strong, fragile and challenging artistic positions in today’s fast moving and globalized, digitized and urbanized world.
Partners for the CTM 2016 exhibition include curators Theresa Beyer, Thomas Burkhalter and Hannes Liechti, scenographers Julien McHardy, Nils Volkmann, and Carlotta Werner, media planners and acoustic scenographers Jan Paul Herzer and Max Kullmann (hands on sound), Nicolai Wienzoschek, and graphic designers Annegreth Schärli and Marius Rehmet (Vojd).