Life after Music Magazines – The Norient Way
Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 7pm
Berlin, Jan 29, 2020
Music print media is dead, German-language pop discourse is done being told, online product information and a thumbs-up have replaced critical reflection. What will become of the research, analysis and criticism of music? How and where will dialogs about and with music take place in the future? What new formats are there for discussing contemporary culture? And what do music and sound tell us about the global present? These questions will be asked by the new HKW series On Music with discussions, live music and more every first Thursday of the month starting in March 2020.
For the start, Norient offers some answers: The online magazine, film festival and network for music scenes from Argentina to Ghana to Pakistan has now reinvented itself as the Norient Space. The result is a transdisciplinary virtual gallery and community platform between art, journalism and academia that sees music as a seismograph of the times. Norient wants to make it possible to experience the world through music and sound, working together with journalists, researchers, bloggers, photographers, film and podcast producers from over 50 countries. Its focus is on subcultural and experimental artistic positions in a globalized, digitized and urbanized world.
Theresa Beyer (music and cultural journalist, Norient), Faisal M. Khan (curator, Akaliko Collective), Bryan Little (film director), Jenny Fatou MBaye (Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, City University of London), Kamila Metwaly (music journalist, musician, curator, Savvy Contemporary) and Ali Gul Pir (rapper, satirist) will discuss the new model of the Norient Space and what scope for development there is for future music journalism beyond algorithms and filter bubbles.
In addition, Norient’s digital sound and media art gallery The Now in Sound celebrates its premiere as a walk-in installation, and there will be live music by Sarathy Korwar & the UPAJ Collective. The singer-songwriter, tabla percussionist and drummer Korwar and his band are among the most original players in the contemporary British jazz scene. Their latest album More Arriving (The Leaf Label) blends classic Indian percussion, contemporary jazz and electronics in a musical answer to the question of what dealing with music and today’s challenges can sound like.
Afterwards Felicia Chen aka Dis Fig cuts a swathe through techno, rap, noise and percussive electronics. From Berghain’s “Säule” to Berlin Community Radio to festivals such as Unsound (Poland), Nyege Nyege (Uganda) and Wetware (China), the Berlin-based producer and DJ is at home in the global underground.
Theresa Beyer (music and cultural journalist, Norient)
Faisal M. Khan (curator, Akaliko Collective)
Bryan Little (film director)
Jenny Fatou MBaye (Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, City University of London)
Kamila Metwaly (music journalist, musician, curator, Savvy Contemporary)
Ali Gul Pir (rapper, satirist)
LIVE: Sarathy Korwar & the UPAJ Collective
DJ: Dis Fig
More information: www.hkw.de/onmusic
€8 / €5 reduced
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