Web Edition

How Balance Club / Culture Festival – Web Edtion works: We publish the contributions according to ⤵︎ the timetable on this website. 
From 20⁠–24 May, our website will feature DJ sets, lectures, multimedia texts, workshops, artist talks, audio-visual works and artistic fashion-pieces. As a grand finale, we will release our Balance-Sampler “Various Artists – Tender Squads” on festival Sunday and, admittedly, fulfill our own long standing wish. The Balance Club / Culture Festival sees itself as an interface between club culture and social critique. All contributions of the festival “Tender Squads” address the question which constellations and alliances can be imagined for the emancipatory potential of a different world to unfold? Which alliances do we want to form and where do we have to insist on difference for our alternatives to be viable? What form of (feminist) care and support do we need for each other right now? Together with you we want to find out, more urgently than ever, how we can maximally destabilize structural inequalities.

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Bianca Ludewig:
Apokalyptische Musik?
Zur Geschichte und
Ästhetik von Gabber
und Breakcore

  • Bianca Ludewig
  • supported by SHAPE
Discourse Program

In the discourses on techno and rave, the utopian potential of this music was frequently stressed. Bianca Ludewig wants to counter this one-sidedness with her research, because at the same time there is an entire genre and subgenre tradition in electronic music that does not conjure up utopia, but rather explores the dark, apocalyptic potentials in music. It pays homage to the uncanny, the repressed, the mistakes, the mutation. Ludewig dedicates the first part of her input to different scenes, genres and styles. She focuses on the origin, history and development of hardcore techno, including audio and video material. The second, shorter part then deals with the sound aesthetics of hardcore and how it has been theorized so far. Why can the music be interpreted as apocalyptic? Here, Ludewig provides insight into ideas and concepts that she has used for a cultural-scientific analysis of sonic properties and structures. The starting point is the hearing subject.

Shape Platform
Presenting Moesha13, Lyzza, Animistic Beliefs, Tadleeh, Sarah Farina, Afrodeutsche and Kablam, the SHAPE Showcase during BALANCE Club / Culture Festival 2020 is a cooperative initiative by depart.one and the SHAPE platform. The artist talk of LYZZA and Sarah Farina as well as the input by Bianca Ludewig are a collaboration with SHAPE educational. The SHAPE platform is co-financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.