CTM Festival

CTM Festival
GenreElectronic music, Experimental music, Audiovisual art
Location(s)Berlin, Germany
Years active1999–present

The annual CTM Festival is a music and visual arts event held in Berlin, Germany. Founded in 1999, the festival originally focused on electronic music, but has since evolved to cover a wide range of genres under the banner "Festival for Adventurous Music and Art".

Changing through various shapes and formats over the years, the festival currently takes place as a 10-day long event in which the music program is supplemented by an extensive daytime program of workshops, art installations, panel discussions, screenings and presentations that illustrate the latest artistic, technological and economic developments in music and media cultures.

Distinguishing the festival from many others in its field is the fact that CTM spotlights music’s social role in electronic and digital culture. Through the festival, as well as various events curated by CTM throughout the year, the organization reflects the latest musical currents against a backdrop of new technologies, modern art, historical perspective, and social issues.


CTM Berlin

Title Theme Edition Date
CTM 2021 Transformation 22nd Edition 19January – 31 January 2021
CTM 2020 Liminal 21st Edition 24January – 2February 2020
CTM 2019 Persistence 20th Anniversary Edition 25January – 3February 2019
CTM 2018 Turmoil 19th Edition 26January – 4February 2018
CTM 2017 FearAngerLove 18th Edition 27January – 5February 2017
CTM 2016 New Geographies 17th Edition 29January – 7February 2016
CTM 2015 Un Tune 16th Edition 23January – 1February 2015
CTM 2014 Dis Continuity 15th Anniversary Edition 24January – 2February 2014
CTM.13 The Golden Age 14th Edition 28January – 3February 2013
CTM.12 Spectral 13th Edition 30January – 5February 2012
CTM.11 #Live!? 12th Edition 1February – 6February 2011
CTM.10 Overlap 11th Edition 28January – 7February 2010
CTM.09 Structures 10th Edition 22January – 31January 2009
CTM.08 Unpredictable 9th Edition 25January – 2February 2008
CTM.07 Building Space 8th Edition 25January – 3February 2007
CTM.06 Being Bold! 7th Edition 3February – 11February 2006
CTM.05 Basics 6th Edition 4January – 12February 2005
CTM.04 Fly Utopia! 5th Edition 30January – 7February 2004
CTM.03 Play Global 4th Edition 31January – 8February 2003
CTM.02 Go Public! 3rd Edition 5February – 17February 2002
CTM.00 Get Personal 2nd Edition 11February – 20February 2000
CTM.99 The Mirror Ball Of The Electronic Age 1st Edition 12February – 21February 1999

CTM Siberia

Title Location Dates
CTM Siberia Krasnoyarsk 11–12 September 2015
Novosibirsk 14–20 September 2015



Edited by CTM and Meike Jansen

When, in the early 50s, electronic music appeared on the scene with the promise of abandoning all physical limits of music-making this was – like much besides – a Promethian male fantasy. Indeed, this music subsequently led to everything but disembodiment. From the psychedelic trances of the 60s and Kraftwerk robotics of the 70s, through to Techno ecstasies, gender-political interventions in the 90s and laptop performance – the questions as to how, from whom, to what ends and in which contexts electronics and the human body might be cable-linked have continually had to be addressed anew.

“Gendertronics” is an in-depth study of questions raised by last year’s festival theme, "Performing Sound", edited by CTM and Meike Jansen and published by Edition Suhrkamp Verlag. With contributions from Olaf Arndt, Claudia Basrawi, Jochen Bonz & Thomas Meinecke, Mariola Brillowska, Kurt Dahlke, Diedrich Diederichsen, Harald Fricke, Tom Holert, Miss Kittin, Pinky Rose, Birgit Richard, Terre Thaemlitz, Marc Weiser and 17 black and white drawings by Jan Rohlf. – In German language only.

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