CTM 2019's exhibition, titled Persisting Realities, presents the work of artists grappling with our ever-changing realities. Responding to uncertainty and flux, the artists of Persisting Realities hypothesise, untangle, and imagine ways of persevering. How might we cultivate joy? How do we find agency, and how do we locate or build common ground?
The CTM 2019 Exhibition is funded by the Senate Department for Culture. Supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands, the Embassy of Canada, and the Québec Government Office Berlin.
Dorine van Meel is an artist based between Berlin and Amsterdam, whose practice manifests in video installations, performances, collaborative projects, and publications. After graduating from Goldsmiths College in 2014, she became the fourth recipient of the Nina Stewart Artist Residency at the South London Gallery.
Ryoichi Kurokawa is a Japanese artist now based in Berlin. His work takes many forms, including installation, recordings, and concert pieces.
Moscow-based media artist, curator, and educator Helena Nikonole is interested in technological progress and its implications. Embracing hybridity, new aesthetics, the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence, Nikonole explores technology’s potential opportunities, risks, and dangers.
Rie Nakajima is a Japanese installation and performance artist, who also works with sound. Utilizing architectural spaces, Nakajima makes use of kinetic devices and found objects as compositional tools.
Mika Vainio’s untimely passing shook the world of experimental electronic music, leaving behind a formidable legacy that continues to influence countless artists. As one half of the Finnish minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic with Ilpo Väisänen, Vainio helped bridge the worlds of drone, techno, and noise.
Mika Taanila is an artist based in Helsinki. His projects address the notion of human engineering, via film-making, visual arts, or music. Taanila is known for works such as Return of the Atom (2015), a collaboration with Pan Sonic which received the NORDIC:DOX Award for Best Nordic Feature Documentary at CPH:DOX festival in 2015; as well as Tectonic Plate (2016), his last collaboration with Mika Vainio.
Johannes Paul Raether lives and works in Berlin. At the center of his work are constructed identities (such as Avataras, AlterIdentities, and SelfSisters) who emerge at various sites in public space where they research, teach, and tell stories.
Jacolby Satterwhite is an American multimedia artist who ties together video, 3D animation, printmaking, drawing, and performance.
dieb13 is a turntablist, hacker, filmmaker, autodidact, composer, collageur, and conscientious copyright objector. Since 1997, dieb13 has played hundreds of shows in more than 30 countries, both as soloist as well as a member of various ensembles.
Ali M. Demirel, born in Turkey in 1972, is a Berlin-based artist. He is known for experimental video work that hones in on minimal imagery and structural compositions, often rooted in science and architecture.
Luciana Lamothe works with kinetic sculpture, performance, and activation. Her work focuses on the relationships between construction and destruction.
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme work together across sound, image, text, installation, and performance. Their practice probes a contemporary landscape marked by seemingly perpetual crisis, shaped by a politics of desire and disaster.
Vivian Caccuri uses sound as the vehicle to cross experiments in sensory perception with issues related to history and social conditioning. Through objects, installations, and performances, her pieces create situations that disorient everyday experience and, by extension, disrupt meanings and narratives seemingly as ingrained as the cognitive structure itself.
The work of Tania Candiani (Mexico City, 1974) has developed across various media and practices that maintain an interest in the complex intersection between language systems—phonic, graphic, linguistic, symbolic, and technological. She has worked with different narratives of association, taking as a starting point a proposal to invent from re-ordering, remixing, and playing with correspondences between technologies, knowledge, and thought. She uses the idea of organisation and reorganisation as discourse, as a structure of creative and critical thinking, and as material for actual production.
Kanta Horio is a Tokyo-based artist and engineer with a background in acoustics and computer music. Using physical objects, he develops systems for generative sound.
Tabita Rezaire is a video artist-researcher-healer based in Cayenne, French Guyana, with part of her heart in Johannesburg, South Africa. She uses arts and sciences as healing technologies to serve the shift towards heart consciousness.
St. Petersburg-born, Berlin-based Perila is a sound artist, DJ, and designer known for blending an array of styles and genres.
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