Future Soundscapes
Festival at silent green
November 23-25, 2018

What does the future sound like? Future Soundscapes investigates the past and present of science-fiction sounds at the intersection of popular culture, music and film. With sound lectures and talks, concerts, installations, screenings and performances by Jan Brauer, Karl Heinz Jeron, Gato Preto, Quadrature and Felix Kubin with Hubert Zemler and Josephin Böttger. 

Whether it is the mechanical squeaking of the joints of humanoid robots, the ominously thudding rhythm of machine cities, the digital crackling of bits and bytes or the celestial sounds of the infinite expanses of the universe, we associate each of these soundscapes with specific visual worlds from the utopian to the full-on dystopian. But how did these acoustic stereotypes take shape, and why do we consider them credible? Which sounds do we associate with totalitarian societies of control, with nuclear war and climate catastrophes? And which sounds do we associate with peaceful multi-ethnic states? What do aliens sound like, or the unknown and the menacing?

While the genre’s narratives and images are already omnipresent, widely discussed and etched into our collective memory, sound has remained a blank space in this discourse. That’s why Future Soundscapes now sets out to explore sound as an essential element in the conception of future worlds, be it as noise, tones or music.

Future Soundscapes 2018 is the prelude to an extensive festival programme due in October 2019.

A project by silent green Film Feld Forschung gGmbH.
Funded by Musicboard Berlin GmbH.

Day 1: Anna Schürmer // Manfred Miersch // Jan Brauer

Friday, November 23
7pm: Anna Schürmer (interpolationen.de) - Opening Sound Lecture
8pm: Manfred Miersch - Sound Lecture / Performance with subharchord and theremin
9pm: Jan Brauer - DJ accompaniment DAS HIMMELSSCHIFF (1918)

Full programme Day 1


Day 2: Sound Walk // Afrofuturistic SciFi Shorts // Gato Preto

Saturday, November 24
2 & 4pm: Sound Walk with Karl Heinz Jeron
6pm: Afrofuturistic SciFi-Shorts, short film programme hosted by Peggy Piesche
8:30pm: Gato Preto – Concert

Full programme Day 2


Day 3: Electrical Walk // Liam Young // Quadrature // Felix Kubin with Hubert Zemler and Josephin Böttger // Bowie 2001

Sunday, November 25
2 & 4pm: Electrical Walk with Karl Heinz Jeron
7pm: Liam Young - Lecture Performance: City Everywhere. Stories from the Post Anthropocene
8pm: Quadrature - Performance: LMG#2
9pm: Felix Kubin with Hubert Zemler and Josephin Böttger - JUXTALEKTOVISION (Audiovisual Performance)
10pm: Screening: Bowie 2001 (Fritz von Runte)

Full programme Day 3