From 27 April to 3 May 2015, Dresden will become a hotspot for advanced music and related arts as the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network reunites over 20 music and media art festivals into a Festival of Festivals. Assembling a mix of club concerts, outdoor interventions, a multi-day conference programme, a film series, lab formats, as well as an exhibition, the festival adopts the theme of “Tools for an Unknown Future” in an attempt to examine how to cope with increasing uncertainty in the field of culture using the tools that have been developed in our society thus far. In times with no illusions of utopia, the urge to find methods of self-empowerment – a safety net in the face of the unknown – is more urgently needed than ever before. The ICAS Festival takes shape as a unique rendezvous of over 20 independent cultural organisations within the intimate setting of Dresden, providing an exceptional opportunity for artists, professionals, and the public to meet independent arts initiatives from all over the world and to explore the strengths and challenges of multilateral collaboration on an international scale.
First confirmed artists and projects are:
Lorenzo Senni [IT] / Gábor Lázár [HU] / Mørk [NO] / Bocca al Lupo (Kathy Alberici with Federico Nitti) [INT] / Low Jack [FR] / HUMATIC – “MNM stage version” feat Mieko Suzuki [DE] / Alexander Dorn – Phantasialand [DE] / Random Logic & Izland [SI]
With outdoor interventions: Teun Verkerk & Joris Hoogeboom – BUQS [NL] / Environmental Auditors [INT]
And a film programme regrouping: “The Sound of Belgium” by Jozef Deville [BE] / “High on Hope” by Piers Sanderson [UK] / “Nine Futures: Sounds Fragmenting” [CA/UK] by Nathan Budzinski & Theo Cook