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MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues 2015

MaerzMusik Reflects on Issues Concerning Time

MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues 2015 devoted itself to contemporary time issues with concerts, installations, performances, film projects and discourse sessions. The festival offered a public forum over 10 days that is concerned with prevailing concepts, structures and experiences of time that went beyond chronological and efficiency-oriented temporal regimes. The concrete temporal experiences in music, performances and films were associated with discourses and theories and offered the visitors various ways of accessing the phenomenon of time. With this, the festival delivered a comprehensive contribution to the debate about how we manage time.

The festival was launched on 20 March at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele with the large-scale “Liquid Room” project, a four-hour concert format involving both performance and installation, developed by Belgian Ensemble Ictus. This format breaks up the conventional concert timeframe, and replaced the fourth wall of the concert hall with an ensemble of four stages between which both audience and sounds could move freely. Participating artists included: Ictus, ensemble mosaik, Eva Reiter, Cédric Dambrain, Bruce McClure and Caspar Langhoff.

The oeuvre of composer and dramaturge Georges Aperghis was another focal point of this year’s festival edition. His last large-scale production, “Situations” for 23 soloists, was performed by Klangforum Wien. The programme included further concerts with solo works for various instruments, conversations with the composer and presentations of his films.

Also on the programme were important projects by Zeena Parkins, Chaya Czernowin, Davíð Brynjar Franzson, Daniel Kötter and Hannes Seidl at various venues throughout Berlin.

Wrapping up the festival was “The Long Now”, a monumental, 30-hour project at Kraftwerk Berlin that was a temporal and spatial composition consisting of sound installations, film projections, performances, concerts and electronic live acts by Phill Niblock, Morton Feldman and Leif Inge, among others.

In addition to the Haus der Berliner Festspiele venues included Martin-Gropius-Bau, the Philharmonie’s Kammermusiksaal, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2), Heimathafen Neukölln, Kraftwerk Berlin, Liquidrom and ExRotaprint.

Berno Odo Polzer
Artistic director MaerzMusik