Festival Electron 2014

17 - 20 Avril 2014

Exposition

POWER TRACKS VOL. 1
Tales and aesthetics of power in Western electronic music cultures

FRIDAY 21 MARCH TO SUNDAY 20 APRIL

Opening 20 March, 6pm. Tuesday - Sunday, 1pm to 6pm
Open during the festival from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 April: 1pm to 9pm. Guided tours 18, 19, and 20 March, 2 pm.
Le Commun, Bâtiment d'art contemporain, Geneva.

Curated by Vincent de Roguin and Jérôme Massard

The magnitude of the done and undone perpetual trading between music, power and politics borders on vertigo. Despite a reductive denomination, defining nothing more than the instrumental resource used, the case of the various types of electronic music is eloquent in this regard, and allows for the emerging of many tendencies, consistencies and formulas: a substantial usage of the rallying aspects of sound; the sound modulation of affects; the recurrence of the warlike lexicon and imagery; the military origins of many sound tools; the fictional setting of major socio-political and ecological threats; the authoritarian stage displays; the ritualized gatherings.

By focusing on the various Western electronic music genres, from the second World War onwards, the exhibition points to the underlying polyphony regarding this issue. By means of numerous works and documents (among which records, publications, and posters), the exhibition meanders through a troubled history rooted in the black American culture marked by oppression; in the Italian futurist project that celebrated war and the machines; in the Soviet agitprop vested in state propaganda; in the scientific experiments of the 1940s and 1950s, marked by the traumatic experience of war; in the strategical appropriation, for economic and political purposes, of the artistic progress during the postwar period; and within the context of the international technological competition and propaganda during the Cold War (via the universal and national exhibitions, the emergence of globalised electronic music studios, etc.). 

A film program is scheduled on march 21th and april 20th at Cinema Spoutnik at nine o'clock:

CROSSROADS – T.G.: PSYCHIC RALLY IN HEAVEN – BLACK TV

Conferences:

EIMERT REVISITED – THE BEGINNINGS OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND THE WDR STUDIO...

FOR YOUR DEFORMATION: HOW THE VOCODER MADE A SONG...

SONS, BRUITS & POUVOIRS FIN-DE-SIÈCLE

TOTALE POSSESSION DE L'AUDITEUR ET INAUDIBLE TOUTE-PUISSANCE DU SON

DE L'ÉQUIPEMENT À L'ARMEMENT