KONTAKTE '22 – Festival of Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg

16 September & 22 – 25 September 2022

In September 2022, the Studio for Electroacoustic Music of the Akademie der Künste is staging the KONTAKTE festival for the fourth time. With first and repeat performances, the festival covers a multi-faceted spectrum of current art trends and developments in the field of electroacoustic music and sound art. Over five days, the entire Akademie building on Hanseatenweg will be the venue for concerts, performances, sound installations, lectures and workshops. KONTAKTE '22 illuminates fundamental aspects of electroacoustic music, art production and reception and puts such issues as social justice and sustainability up for discussion.

The festival continues its productive collaboration with the Month of Contemporary Music in Berlin and is increasingly working with artists from the independent scene in Berlin as well as from German-speaking countries and elsewhere, such as Ensemble Mosaik, Lange/Berweck/Lorenz, the Trio Pony Says and the Female Laptop Orchestra. This year, a multitude of new works produced in the Studio for Electroacoustic Music are again being supported and will be presented at the festival.

Once again, collaboration has been arranged with the Institut für Neue Musik KLANGZEITORT, Berlin University of the Arts, the Hanns Eisler School of Music, the Technische Universität Berlin and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik.

The festival is being sponsored by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe of the Land of Berlin.

TRACING THE CLUES. The stories behind the works

Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 

29 October 2022 – 22 January 2023

What impact did the National Socialist dictatorship, the Second World War and the partition of Germany have on the ownership history of works of art, books and cultural objects? How did collection items end up in public institutions? What are the obligations inherent in owning art? The Akademie exhibition TRACING THE CLUES. The stories behind the works, on show at Pariser Platz from 29 October 2022 to 22 January 2023, investigates these questions. The point of departure is new findings about the origin of objects in the collection of the Akademie der Künste. These include lost manuscripts of the philosopher Walter Benjamin, art critic Alfred Kerr's library confiscated by the Gestapo, oil sketches by Carl Blechen believed lost, and Otto Nagel's collection of paintings. In a contemporary intervention, the artist Marianna Christofides will address works in the exhibition.

In addition to insights into the detective methods of provenance research, the exhibition focuses on the identification of Nazi looted art in the Akademie’s possession, the search for the collections of the Prussian Academy of Arts lost during the Second World War, the recovery of artworks and a critical appraisal of the efforts of the East German state apparatus to gain possession of marketable art objects and iconic collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events with rounds of discussions, a wide range of educational activities and a publication with in-depth essays and biographies of the works.