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‘The Sonic Volume as a Sphere of Non-resilience’ – talk by Salomé Voegelin

31st January 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

| €5 – €10

CTM Festival 2019: Persistence (25 January – 3 February)

Thursday 31 January 2019 | 16:00pm – 17:00pm

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Berlin | Directions

Tickets 5€ / 10€ [day pass]

Entitled The Sonic Volume as a Sphere of Non-resilience, this talk by Salomé Voegelin considers Political Resilience, a term that refers to the capacity of political organizations to adapt and evolve, and it demands of the individual to evolve with it, to assume the governmental reality as the only one possible. Thus it interprets the elasticity of resilience as compliance, i.e. to accept low wages, precarity, uncertainty, even war. To demonstrate a Personal Resilience that shows patriotism and national pride. In this context, the phrase ‘being in it together’ is used to bring austerity, suffering, and loss into the pretext of a greater good and as the only defence against a worse fate. Such resilience is a visual phenomenon, not because it is literally seen but because it builds itself on the visual consciousness and history of walls and boundaries, on the mythological and iconographic reality of nationhood, and belonging against an invisible and inarticulate threat and otherness.

This performance talk will enquire and test whether sound, as material as well as sonic sensibility and consciousness, might offer an alternative imagination. Not as a counter-resilience, but as an unperforming of resilience, political and personal, in its indivisible sphere. To produce and hear a sonic cosmos composed of processes and relationships, whose materiality is voluminous and formless rather than pliant, and whose political possibility is plural, including also what appears impossible.


Founded in 1999, CTM Festival is dedicated to contemporary electronic, digital and experimental music, as well as the diverse range of artistic activities in the context of sound and club cultures. The festival's aim is to present the most outstanding international productions in adventurous, experimental and electronic music and audiovisual performance, as well as to reflect on recent artistic, social and technical developments in music culture.


To watch a recording of this talk, please follow this link to CTM’s YouTube channel

For more information, please see the CTM Festival website

Link to Salomé Voegelin CTM artist profile


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