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CTM Festival 2024

The MusicMakers Hacklab is an open, collaborative environment where participants work together during CTM Festival week to explore and realise new musical ideas. Following an intensive week of collaboration in the radialsystem studios, a group of 10 fellows selected via open call will put their ideas to a test in a finale performance at radialsystem Halle.


This year's Hacklab explores the idea of Sustenance, which is a contrast to our usual artistic language of appetites and hunger. We talk about burning energy to produce, but less often about how art feeds us. We talk about consuming, but not about whether our work feeds ourselves and others. Sustenance recognises that for all our narratives about markets and success, many artists live below subsistence levels. What does it mean to find nourishment in what we do? Can we escape competitive models of creation that assume finite resources? Against the background of the CTM 2024 theme of "Sustain", what gives us actual sustenance?

The 2024 Hacklab fellows are: Amanda Bennetts, Claudix Vanesix, Dimitris Mertzos, Gisou Golshani, Ivan Skoryna, Josefina Maro, Tobi Pfeil, Valeriia Khazan, Qusay Awad, Zalán Szakács. Hosted by Sophia Bulgakova and Darsha Hewitt.
Additional information
This Hacklab edition is supported by tekhnē, a network initiative that is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

Media partners: Deutschlandfunk Kultur, FACT, Full Moon, RBB radioeins, Refuge Worldwide, Siegessäule, The Wire & tip Berlin.



From 26 January – 4 February 2024, CTM Festival will celebrate a silver 25 year anniversary at Radialsystem, Berghain, silent green, and other Berlin venues.

CTM 2024 is titled "Sustain" – a weird and fascinating word that touches opposite polarities of the contemporary experience as it speaks of the empathy and determination through which we survive, as well as of our anxieties, losses, and pains. In the word "sustain" we sense both what we are going through while hearing what needs to be done. It is as much a description as it is an imperative as it is a vocation towards more interdependent ways of life. With its 2024 edition CTM Festival asks what if "sustain" were a sound? What would it be like? Music is not only a refuge, but also a constant reminder of our desire to get closer to the brighter end of the spectrum. Looking at musical life and music ecosystems under the perspective of "sustain", what ideals, ethics, and practices can we identify and discuss to make music a means to work towards something more sane, just, and sustainable?

→ To the complete programme of CTM Festival 2024 at Radialsystem
Participating artists
Amanda Bennetts, Claudix Vanesix, Dimitris Mertzos, Gisou Golshani (withdrew), Ivan Skoryna, Josefina Maro, Tobi Pfeil, Valeriia Khazan, Qusay Awad, Zalán Szakács, Dmytro Filatov (Mit)
Sophia Bulgakova, Darsha Hewitt (Kuratiert von)