Curation and Production
C/O Berlin: No Photos on the Dance Floor!
The exhibition project No Photos on the Dance Floor! Berlin 1989—Today documented the history of Berlin’s club scene since the fall of the Wall and brought that history to life in club nights at C/O Berlin. The exhibition was curated by guest curator Heiko Hoffmann, together with C/O Berlin’s chief curator Felix Hoffmann, and included works by Camille Blake, Tilman Brembs, Ben de Biel, Salvatore Di Gregorio, Martin Eberle, Matthias Fritsch, Dan Halter, Honey-Suckle Company, Erez Israeli, Romuald Karmakar, Steffen Köhn & Phillip Kaminiak, Anna-Lena Krause, Tilmann Künzel, Sven Marquardt & Marcel Dettmann, Marco Microbi, George Nebieridze, Alva Noto, Pfadfinderei, Daniel Pflumm, Mike Riemel Collection, Carolin Saage, Giovanna Silva, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lisa Wassmann, and Michael Wesely.
Accompanying the exhibition were four nights of performances at C/O Berlin featuring the labels PAN and Raster Media, the club collective No Shade as well as night with Modeselektor and Pfadfinderei. DISK Agency was responsible to curate, plan, book, and produce these club nights.
Consulting and Management
A MAZE. is a Berlin-based international festival for games and playful media. Welcoming professionals and creatives from a diverse range of fields, A MAZE. hosts talks, workshops, music, and an interactive exhibition. DISK assisted A MAZE. in copyediting funding applications and project descriptions in the lead-up to their 2019 edition. DISK also provided additional counseling on budgeting.
Curation and Production Support
CTM x Ableton
On the occasion of Loop - A Summit for Music Makers, an Ableton-led conference which took place autumn 2015 and 2016 in Berlin, DISK Agency produced concurrently running CTM x Ableton events while also providing guest management and ticketing support for the daytime Loop conference. In 2017 we provided curatorial input and production support for the daytime conference and nighttime performance programme.
Initiative Music Showcases
Since 2016, DISK Agency has curated and produced two events for Initiative Musik, to provide a networking space for invited visiting music professionals. Artists and the general public alike were invited to join, meet the delegates, and enjoy these programmes, which in 2017 features artists from DISK's Berlin Current initiative that supports emerging Berlin-based artist, and in 2016 focused on the music genre, metal, by inviting local bands.
Curation and Booking
Red Bull Music Festival Berlin
The Red Bull Music Academy held its 20th edition in Berlin in autumn 2018. Participants could attend five weeks of lectures, studio sessions, and one-of-a-kind music events, while Red Bull Music Festival hosted a simultaneous public programme of concerts, talks, and club nights exploring the music culture of Berlin and beyond. DISK Agency provided event concept development and curatorial consultation for the public programme, and also took care of artist booking and contract management.
Lumisokea - Transmissions from Revarsavr
On the Transmissions from Revarsavr LP, Lumisokea continue their exploration of rhythm technology and electro-acoustic experiments while paying tribute to the pioneering spirit of the visionary inventors and composers from the early 20th century from the former Soviet Union. The album presents a meticulously balanced aural web of spiralling polyrhythmic constructions, clashing and chiming copper plates, sub-zero bass shudders and glowing synths.
Emerging Artist Platform
The new sound of the city – Berlin Current presented young, unconventional, and experimental pop music from Berlin. From 2013–2017, a series of Berlin Current showcases in Berlin and at festivals such as Unsound Krakow, MUTEK Montreal and Intonal Festival in Malmø, Sweden propelled emerging artists onto the international stage. A partnership established with Ableton in 2015 aimed to support artists in their technical development. Sponsored by the Musicboard Berlin.
PR & Promotion
Kosmostage – Festival für universelle Musik
The second edition of Kosmostage took place July 2015 at Radialsystem V in Berlin and explored music ranging from 11th century choral works, original tribe rhythms from Burkina-Faso, to avant-garde compositions from Italy and Japan, rounded off with live electronic dance music, and contemporary jazz. The festival was curated and produced by the Berlin based Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra. Among the highlights was a special collaboration between the orchestra and Brasilian jazz legend Hermeto Pascoal. DISK Agency provided German PR.
OZmotic & Fennesz – AirEffect
"AirEffect", the collaboration between renowned electronic musician and guitarist Christian Fennesz and Turin based duo OZmotic, is a highly imaginative flow of electronic and instrumental music mixed with sounds collected from urban and natural sources to explore a speculative post-anthropocene scenario. The album will be released on 12 June 2015 on the Folk Wisdom label. DISK Agency provides PR for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
DISK Agency helped administrate the finances and financial project reporting for XJAZZ 2014, a Berlin-based network spreading the vibe of contemporary Jazz throughout Europe. The organization hosts an annual festival in Berlin, with a particular focus on its international local scene and allowing room for developing unique joint performances and new experimental formats.
Consulting, Production, Administrative Support
Mouse on Mars – 21Again Festival
Mouse on Mars celebrated their 21st birthday with the lavish two-day 21AGAIN Festival at Berlin's HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatre on 31 October and 1 November 2014. With DISK leading the project's funding, finances, and PR, Mouse on Mars curated a festival lineup that featured many of their peers and artist friends. The event also highlighted the Mouse on Mars 21AGAIN double CD and box set, released on the same date on Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records.
Ame Zek – Rostfrei
Modularity, transformation, sound generation and sucession are the keywords that can help open up one’s understanding of Ame Zek’s music as a kind of paradoxical exploration of "order in motion". His new album "Rostfrei" is released on Keep It Business / Cargo Records on 6 June 2014. DISK Agency provides international PR.
Through four nights of commissioned musical works presented in Cologne, Krakow, Warsaw, and Berlin, Avant Avantgarde embarked on an anachronistic journey through time to highlight musical experiments before the 20th century. Claiming that there is no such thing as new music, Avant Avantgarde rediscovered the silent patrons of some of the most thrilling adventures in contemporary sound making. Specially commissioned works and lectures explored practices in scores, prints, and treatises from times before terms such as "new", "contemporary", "experimental" or "avant garde" music were conceived. DISK provided administrative support.
Denkfabrik was developed for the 2nd edition of the Berlin Music Week in 2012 as a day-long lecture series on music, culture, and the economy, aiming to address the antagonism between creative activity and the commercial sphere, particularly in light of the ferocity of ongoing debates surrounding copyright law, GEMA tariff reforms, and the wealth of creative minds and artists in Berlin. Presented under the CTM Festival banner in collaboration with ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound, the event made a critical contribution to the Music Week’s conference programme.
The international cast of speakers included Trevor Davies, Mathias Holmberg, Jeremy Gilbert, Susanna Niedermayr, Christoph Gurk, Georgios Papadopoulus, and Marcel Mars.
In 2009, DISK produced a concert with legendary Italian prog-rock band Goblin at the Donaufestival in Krems. Best known for their congenial collaboration with horror film master Dario Argento, the concert represented the band’s first appearance in 32 years. Subsequent DISK-initiated appearances led to a full-blown Goblin tour in 2009-2010, with dates at Unsound Festival among other, allowing for the band’s gradual rediscovery by wider audiences. Today Goblin continue to perform under both their original name as as their “Simonetti’s Goblin” reincarnation, named after the original band’s keyboard player.
The ICAS Suite
CTM Festival co-founded the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network, a group of 38 organisations and festivals on 4 continents that joined forces to promote artistic development and knowledge at the interface of music, art, technology, and society. Shortly thereafter, the ICAS Suite was developed as an open and collaborative festival format for the whole network. The ICAS suite concept invites network members and other music initiatives to participate in a curatorial process to shape a unique, collaborative music event.
DISK organised two several-day editions of the ICAS Suite within the Berlin Music Week in 2011 and 2012. Presented under the CTM Festival banner, the ICAS Suite editions took place at venues such as Festsaal Kreuzberg, Prince Charles, West Germany, and Monarch, and featured more than 150 international artists and 40 initiatives and festivals.
Concept Development & Organisational Support
Waxtreatment Africa Special
DISK supported Hardwax in organising its 2-day Waxtreatment Africa Special, that took place during Berlin’s Carnival of Cultures in May 2012. Concerts, panel discussions and a label presentation investigated and celebrated the African DNA deeply entrenched in contemporary club music. Featured artists were Mark Ernestus with Jeri-Jeri, Chris Menist, Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit, Shed, Analog Afrcia Soundsystem, Applebim, Mark Ainley, Hugo Mendez, MMM, Shakleton, DJ Pete and many others. The project was funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Production & Music Programming
Pictoplasma is a Berlin-based organisation that researches and presents contemporary character design and art via festivals, exhibitions, conferences, publications, and the Pictoplasma Academy. Since its inception in 2004, the annual Berlin festival has established itself as the world’s leading meeting point for an international audience of visual creators and producers, while also bringing its events around the globe. Throughout the years, DISK has repeatedly contributed to Pictoplasma’s Berlin activities through organisational support, the production of music performances and club nights, as well as through supporting the Pictoplasma residency programme.
A two-day programme of high-profile sound and intermedia performances curated for the 2009 edition of TodaysArt Festival in Den Haag. Exploring the human body as a source of and target for sound, and testing the limits of perception, the programme responded to the TodaysArt festival theme "Conflict". Artists included Kurt Hentschlager, Heart Chamber Orchestra, Artificiel, Jacob Kierkegaard, Lynn Pook & Julien Clauss, Jamie Drouin & Karl Kliem, Christof Migone, Daito Manabe, Lucas Abela, Mark Bain, Mattin, and Rudolfo Quintas.
LIGNA: Tanz aller
In 2013, DISK Agency was asked to administrate the finances and financial project reporting for a notable project within the world of contemporary dance, by Hamburg/Berlin-based artistic research collective Ligna. "Tanz aller" explored Rudolf von Laban’s concept of movement choirs, interventions in city space held in the 1920s that, through their exploration of mass interventions in urban areas and the heterogeneity of outcomes in different cities, were an important socio-political artistic phenomena in the world of dance at that time.
Music Instrument Presentation
Exclusive launch event for the German release of Tenori-on, Yamaha's then brand new, innovative and visually stunning live performance instrument. The event at Berghain featured live performances on the Tenori-on by some of the finest talent in electronic music who road-tested the instrument, and an introduction by Tenori-on's inventor and leading Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai.
Midi Street Instruments
A free open-air concert in front of the Klangraum Krems. A 12-ton mobile carillon comprising 48 bells, and two huge street-organs, embellished by flutes, accordions, drums and wooden percussion instruments, were computer-linked to create a stupendous orchestral sound installation. A project by sound artists Edwin van der Heide and Remco de Jong, in collaboration with TodaysArt Festival, Den Haag, and Kontraste Festival, Krems.
Soundbridge Ljubljana – Berlin
Soundbridge Ljubljana – Berlin created opportunities for artists from Ljubljana and Berlin to meet, interact, collaborate, and establish creative ties. The two-part programme in Berlin and Ljubljana gave mutual insights through presenting music and information on the local context and current situation for artists and musicians in both cities.
Festival Programmes & Cultural Exchange
The Blind Spot
The Blind Spot was a project conceived by the Ultrahang Festival in Budapest and CTM Festival in Berlin. Exploring the idea that joint projects illuminate the blind spots in one’s own perception, the two organizations brought together Hungarian and German artists for a joint programme of performances and discussions at the CTM and Ultrahang festivals.
Touch This Sound
Invited by the ORF musikprotokoll festival 2009, DISK curated a programme to explore the human body as both a source and target for sound. Presented artists were Jupitter X. Larsen and The Haters, Lucky Dragons, Heart Chamber Orchestra, and Jacob Kierkegaard. Produced in collaboration with TodaysArt festival in The Hague, for which DISK created a programme exploring related topics under the title Invasive Sound that same year.