Open Call for Dystopie Sound Art Festival (Germany)

Dystopie Festival brings diverse sound art viewpoints together in an exhibition that deals with current dystopian moments, as well as those of an imagined future.

Following on from the premiere of the double edition Dystopie Berlin-Istanbul (2018/2019), the guest country for this year’s festival will be Brazil. In addition to artists from Brazil, the festival invite sound artists from Europe to submit new or existing works that deal with the topic of ‘dystopia’ in the broadest sense.

Sound art possesses the particular artistic potential, through its creation of atmospheres and its resonating in unusual spaces, to make the ambiguity between dystopia and utopia perceptible to the senses: dystopian scenarios of society and state, nature and climate, cognition and communication captured in sound. These can be situations that, depending on the context, appear as dystopian or utopian sketches, reacting to ambiguously interpretable, worldwide processes, including digitalisation, globalisation, climate change, economic imbalance as well as social, religious and ethnic confrontations and aspects of de/recolonisation. The focus on Brazil gives the festival its current, political thrust – the individual works are not meant to be fixed on this however, but rather to operate from within their own context.

With this open call the organisers would like to offer sound artists the opportunity to develop new works that react to these dystopian signals and express them in different sound-artistic perspectives, whereby ‘sound-artistic’ explicitly may include visual, object-like and space-related means in addition to sound. Due to the uncertain situation regarding Corona, please note that they prefer installation works.

The Alte Münze (Old Mint) in Berlin-Mitte serves as the main exhibition venue, with cellars and vaults in very different sizes. The Errant Sound gallery space is available for the additional exhibition of works, and especially the path between these two locations, on the banks of the Spree, offers locations where sound artistic interventions in public space are possible (depending on permission). For Alte Münze and on the banks of river Spree site-specific works are welcome.

The open call is for sound artists living in the European region. Climate-friendly travel by train is preferable – if at all possible.


  • Artist fee for existing works: 500€.

  • Artist fee for new works produced for the festival: 1500€ .

  • Production budget: 1500€ on average per project, including costs for materials and special equipment (also rented equipment). If your project will be selected a precise cost calculation will be needed.

  • Transportation, travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the festival.

Deadline: 1 July 2020

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