Giga-Hertz Award 2017
Web banner Giga-Hertz Award 2017 at ZKM | Karlsruhe
Thu, November 23, 2017 – Sun, November 26, 2017, Festival

Between November 23 and 26, 2017, this year’s Giga-Hertz Award Festival will be taking place at the ZKM | Karlsruhe. The Award for Electronic Music has been awarded by ZKM | Karlsruhe and the SWR Experimentalstudio since 2007. We cordially invite you to the Festival’s rich and varied program, and especially to the ceremony of the awards on Saturday evening, November 25, 2017. 

Renowned representatives from the international music and art scene together with the artists and composers who have been honored this year are once again expected at the festive award ceremony, among them this year's Giga-Hertz main-award winner Laurie Anderson

On two evenings of concerts on November 23 and 24, the results of this year's and previous production award winners will be presented. The festival concludes with a lecture by the Giga-Hertz-Award recipient Laurie Anderson with a discussion to follow, on November 26. 

The Giga-Hertz Award is dedicated to the world-famous physicist Heinrich Hertz (1857–1894). He taught at the Technical University of Karlsruhe (now known as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) at the end of the 19th century and discovered electromagnetic waves there. The objective of the award is to promote electronic music and to provide an impetus through new tonal and compositional possibilities. 

Poster Giga-Hertz Award 2017 at ZKM | Karlsruhe

Main Award Winner 2017 | Laurie Anderson (USA)

This year, the Giga-Hertz Prize for Electronic Music will be awarded to US media and performance artist Laurie Anderson. Laurie Anderson is best known for her politically motivated song »O Supeman«. However, the now 70-year-old has developed an incredibly diverse approach to art. Beyond music, Anderson works transdisciplinarily in every respect and sees herself as an artist with a universal sphere of influence. Already in 1977 she participated in documenta 6 and 1987 in documenta 8, presented her works in exhibitions such as »The Record of Time« in various international museums and worked with various artists such as John Cage, Peter Gabriel, William S. Burroughs and Michel Waisvisz. As a musician, artist and poet, she has continuously taken up positions on political issues, most recently in a telematic performance with the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. She explores the possible uses of technological means in order to use them in her performances as surreal, chaotic and highly sensitive communication tools. Laurie Anderson has been awarded the Giga-Hertz Electronic Music Prize 2017 for her life's work for her poetic-metaphoric use and exploration of new technologies in music.

– Author: Ludger Brümmer

Laurie Anderson

The picture shows a portrait of Giga Hertz Award Winner Laurie Anderson

Production Prize Winners 2017

for »Meccanica degli avatar« (2016), for ensemble and live electronics

for »pressure-divided« (2015), for violoncello and 8 channel live electronics

for »Good Times in The End Times« (2016), for 1/4 inch tape, automated plug ins, close-miked prepared piano, pipe organ, digital reverb and the human voice


Giga-Hertz Award 2017


Ludger Brümmer (Composer, Head of ZKM | Hertz-Lab)
Björn Gottstein (SWR2 editor for New Music and artistic director of the Donaueschinger Musiktage)
Detlef Heusinger (Artistic Director of the SWR Experimental Studio)
Elena Ungeheuer (Professor of Contemporary Music at the Institute for Music Research at the University of Würzburg)
Peter Weibel (Artistic Director of ZKM | Karlsruhe)

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media