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Radio Lab Call - CTM 2017

CTM 2017 Radio Lab - Call for Works

For the fourth year in a row, Deutschlandradio Kultur – Radio Art / Klangkunst and CTM Festival – in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, Ö1 Kunstradio and the SoCCoS network, and with the support of the British music magazine The Wire – are delighted to commission two artistic projects. The call is for unusual audio projects that couple the radio medium with the potential of live performance or installation while also relating to the CTM 2017 Festival theme: FEAR ANGER LOVE.

The call is open to artists in the fields of experimental music, sound art, radio art, new radio drama, and performance. The two commissioned works will premiere in the form of an installation or live performance at CTM 2017 Festival in Berlin (27 January – 5 February 2017), and then be broadcasted in Deutschlandradio Kultur’s Klangkunst programme. The Österreichischer Rundfunk (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) will subsequently present them via one or more of its platforms (depending on the character of the works): the Ö1 Zeit-Ton or Ö1 Kunstradio radio shows, and/or (in Autumn 2017), the ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival in Graz.

Proposed projects must explore the potential of combining radio and live performance / installation within the FEAR ANGER LOVE thematic framework of CTM 2017. They will be presented as a live performance or installation as well as in the form of a 40–55 minute radio broadcast.

Prior to presenting their projects at CTM 17 respectively broadcasting them on Deutschlandradio Kultur, the selected applicants will be invited to round off the production phase with a 2-week short residency in Berlin, realised in cooperation with SoCCoS – Sound of Culture, Culture of Sound, a network project funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Last year’s winning projects, selected from over 300 entries, can be enjoyed once more in Autumn 2016. The radio play "All Hail Mother Internet" from Tunisian artist Deena Abdelwahed will be presented 9 October as part of the festival ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst and broadcast live via the Ö1 Kunstradio programme. The second piece, "GAD Technologies" by Marija Bozinovska Jones aka MBJ Wetware and J.G. Biberkopf, will be broadcast 18 September, also via Ö1 Kunstradio.

The call is not subject to geographical restrictions – submissions from artists from all over the world are encouraged. Each of the two selected works will be awarded a 5,000 € fee plus production costs.

Schedule and Deadline

Deadline for submission: 28 August 2016
Winners notified: 12 September 2016
Production phase: October – December 2016
Residency / Final production phase in Berlin: January 2017 (2 weeks)
Performance at CTM 2017 Festival: 27 January to 5 February 2017
Deutschlandradio Kultur – Klangkunst radio broadcast: February / March 2017
Presentation via ORF: Autumn 2017


The international jury will be comprised of five persons from various backgrounds (artists, curators, journalists) and will be disclosed together with the results.


The selected works will be supported by a production budget/fee of EUR 5000 each. Technical/staging costs for CTM and possible ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst festival performances will be covered additionally, as will travel expenses to Berlin and lodging during the residency and festival period.

Deutschlandradio Kultur and CTM Festival will provide support, counselling, and general assistance during the production of the work.