ICAS – International Cities for Advanced Sound – is an international network numbering over 35 likeminded, nonprofit organizations working in the field of digital art and sound. Inaugurated in 2009, the network aims to increase dialogue and exchange between its members via co-commissions, increased movement of artists and cultural workers, knowledge transfer, collaborative projects, and more.
Recently the network has given rise to several successful co-commissions, as well as multilateral initiatives such as the ICAS Suite (an event series which just saw a fifth edition produced during the Cynetart Festival in Dresden in November 2012), the 1-day Denkfabrik conference, also produced during the Berlin Music Week, which discussed the creative and cultural economy, the ICAS Radio (an ongoing radio show that broadcasts concerts and interviews from different member festivals via Austria’s ORF National Broadcasting Corporation), and a 3-day “Networking Tomorrow’s Art for an Unknown Future” symposium (MUTEK Montreal, May 2012), which gathered international and local artists and professionals to discuss the future of artistic and cultural practices.
The CTM festival acts as a yearly point of convergence for the ICAS network, serving as an opportunity for members to keep abreast of each other’s actions and to spark new collaborations during a 1-day closed meeting. Among the items currently in discussion are multilateral projects in Canada and Australia in 2014, within the framework of the EACEA’s Third Country project strand.