Unsound Festival in Poland has announced its 2021 theme ‘dəəp authentic’ and launched a call for applications. The festival itself will take place between 13-17 October 2021.
The pandemic has left us isolated and atomised, yet also more virtually connected than ever. Relationships, money, art and governance are contained inside our laptops and on digital tokens. Social bubbles spawn speculative ones, and vice versa. As parts of the world begin to transition into a new phase, in which many are vaccinated, our year-plus-long immersion in virtual living is raising new questions. The theme of Unsound 2021 is ‘dəəp authentic’ – a response to a hyperreal situation.
dəəp authentic also refers to the gradual shift back from online to IRL events, a phrase that involves a questionable binary – for the online world is also ‘real’, and the IRL has long been digitised, distributed and mediated. The organisers are now taking careful steps towards planning Unsound 2021 in physical spaces in Kraków, an event that this year will be far more compact and more local, yet which nevertheless raises the question of what it will feel like to gather in a room with other bodies to enjoy music again, as well as share thoughts and ideas in person.
In terms of the way the festival is presented, Unsound 2021: dəəp authentic will consider methods of twisting, upending or even breaking the presentation of live music and sound that radicalise or bring a different kind of energy into performance spaces that have already been altered by the pandemic.
Unsound is also announcing a call for entries from artists, writers, theorists and activists in response to dəəp authentic, with a focus on presentations that blur the line between the discourse and performance programmes. Between three to five entries will be included in the 2021 programme and receive a fee of 2000 PLN (~450 EUR) each. As travel between much of the world remains uncertain and the capacity to bring people from outside Europe is limited, proposed works can be presented in Krakow or remotely, but if the presenter comes to Krakow the organisers will cover travel and accommodation.