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"On Music: Life after Music Magazines - the Norient Way"

Thursday, March 5. 2020
Haus der Kulturen der Welt - Berlin

Music print media are going extinct. Who will research, analyze and critic music? Where will the dialog about and with music takes place in the future? And what do music and sound tell us about the global present?


At the launch of the series On Music, the online music platform Norient offers answers. The online magazine and network for music scenes from Argentina to Ghana to Pakistan has reinvented itself in 2020 as the Norient Space. It has become a virtual gallery and community platform between art, journalism, and academia that sees music as a seismograph of the times. At HKW’s restaurant Weltwirtschaft, its makers present the Norient Space and discuss the freedoms possible in the future for music journalism beyond algorithms and filter bubbles with artists, journalists, and scholars.

Jenny Fatou Mbaye (Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, City University of London) will provide an introduction to the topic in her keynote, followed by a discussion with Faisal M. Khan (curator, Akaliko Collective), Bryan Little (film director of The African Cypher, 2012), Kamila Metwaly (music journalist, musician, curator, Savvy Contemporary) and Ali Gul Pir (rapper, satirist), moderated by Theresa Beyer (music and cultural journalist, Norient).

In addition, Norient’s digital sound and media art gallery The Now in Sound celebrates its premiere with a walk-in installation and live music by Sarathy Korwar. On his latest album More Arriving (The Leaf Label), the singer-songwriter, tabla percussionist and drummer Korwar and his band unite classic Indian percussion, contemporary British jazz, and electronics. Afterward, Felicia Chen aka Dis Fig clears a path through techno, rap, noise, and percussive electronics. From Berghain’s Säule to Berlin Community Radio to festivals such as Unsound (Poland), Nyege Nyege (Uganda) and Wetware (China), the Berlin-based producer and DJ are at home in the global underground.

Norient wants to make it possible to experience the world through music and sound, working together with journalists, researchers, bloggers, photographers, film and podcast producers from over 50 countries. Its focus is on subcultural and experimental artistic positions in a globalized, digitized and urbanized world.

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The first Norient Space - Sound and Media-Art Exhibition

Trans-virtual, trans-disciplinary, hyper-cultured “THE NOW IN SOUND”

The last two years have seen Norient engaging in the re-thinking and re-invention of their platform – the Norient Space “The Now in Sound”.  Supported by a two-month crowdfunding campaign, it represents a contemporary digital sound and media-art gallery; and serves as a junction for thinkers and artists who perceive sound as seismographs of our time, who discuss cultural, social and political phenomena from different angles through diverse, reflective and expressive media formats.

The exhibition presented at HKW on March 5. was based on the Norient's Collection (stories, podcasts, videos and photo series) co-created between 2002 and 2019 with their contributors (academics, journalists, bloggers, photographers, podcast producers, filmmakers) from around fifty countries.

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