Curating Diversity

Decolonizing Contemporary Music

25.9.2020, 10.30 - 20 Uhr

Symposium (online + live onsite in Berlin), Akademie der Künste Berlin, Pariser Platz, Plenarsaal


The symposium “Curating Diversity in Europe”, taking place on- and offline, offers a platform for keeping the discourse on diversity in contemporary music in Europe alive, developing potentials for transformation during a time of limited international encounters and swelling nationalistic currents. The focus of the symposium is on processes and profiles of curating that critically question power structures and eurological patterns of thought, to implement political, collective or participatory strategies in the curatorial decision-making process. Keynotes by Du Yun and Sandeep Bhagwati will be followed by panel discussions on emancipation, decolonisation and "looted music".

The symposium is planned in a hybrid format. All content (keynotes, panels, chats and networking) will be transmitted live to onsite participants at the Akademie der Künste, and simultaneously via internet to an online audience; content will continue to be accessible after the symposium as online video documentation. With this hybrid format, we want to strengthen the international networking and at the same time enable personal meetings.

The symposium is a project of "Sounds Now", a European network dedicated to promoting more diversity and inclusion in contemporary music and sound art, in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste Berlin, inm / field notes and Ultima festival in Oslo.

The symposium will be held in English.
Coffee and tea, lunch and dinner are provided.

Media partner: VAN outernational

The symposium will be continued in May 2021 as part of the "Memories in Music" festival (May 6-9, 2021) at the Akademie der Künste.

We kindly ask you to register for active participation at the symposium by September 15, 2020 at mdzm [​at​] free of charge. The livestream can be followed passively without registration.

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