The ‘Disappearance of Music’ Festival 2020 to Feature Holly Herndon, Mat Dryhurst and DeForrest Brown Jr.

Berlin’s ‘The Disappearance of Music’ festival will host concerts, films, talks, videos and sound installations this November.

By Bubba Krishnamurti

Primary image Mark Dorf | untitled28, from the series PATH, 2012

Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) will host the 2020 ‘The Disappearance of Music’ November 13th-15th, 2020. The event has revealed its 2020 program which will include a discussion by Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst on interdependence alongside Frances Stonor Saunders. HKW will feature Jan St Werner, Andy Toma, Olivia Block, DeForrest Brown Jr., Forbes Graham and Bonnie Jones via video conference performing Escape from America.

Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst

A statement from HKW discusses motifs for this years event:

“Universally available, easy-to-use music tools are creating a new kind of musician: Anyone can produce music without any basic musical knowledge. In electronic music in particular, artists are breaking new ground in performances. The physical object of the sound carrier is also becoming a memory – files don’t develop a patina. What is this shakeup doing to the character of music? What new forms of live concerts will arise? The discursive music festival The Disappearance of Music in November 2020 revolves around these questions.”

A symposium titled ‘Looking at Music: After the Laptop Performance‘ will host speakers Lars Holdhus, Rebecca Fiebrink, Isabel Lewis and Olivia Jack. A keynote will be delivered by George Lewis on the final day where he will moderate discussions on the topic ‘Spooky Interaction at a Distance: Telematic Afrofuturism.’

The event will also feature a video series with contributions from Lucrecia Dalt, Barbara Morgenstern, Matias Aguayo and many more.

Head to the HKW site for further information. In the interim, watch this video by artist Lucrecia Dalt:


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