Giga-Hertz Award 2020
Giga-Hertz Award Festival 2020 red on black
Sat, November 28, 2020 - Sun, November 29, 2020, Festival

The Giga-Hertz Award for Electronic Music has been awarded since 2007 by ZKM | Karlsruhe and SWR Experimentalstudio. This year’s artists and composers will be honored during a two-day festival.

This year, the Giga-Hertz Production Prizes will be awarded to prize winners with a focus on immersive, audiovisual works. In addition to the festive awards ceremony, the winning compositions will be performed. The award ceremony will take place on the evening of November 28, 2020 in the digital presence of all prize winners. Due to the conditions of this year, the event will be held exclusively online and broadcasted entirely and free via live stream on the ZKM Website.

The Giga-Hertz Award is dedicated to the world-famous physicist Heinrich Hertz (1857–1894). At the end of the 19th century he taught at the Karlsruhe Technical University (now the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), and it was there that he discovered the Electromagnetic Waves. The purpose of the Award is to promote electronic music and to give incentives through new tonal and compositional possibilities.

The event will be held in English.

Festival Program

Saturday, November 28, 2020 (time zone: CET)

7 pm  Giga-Hertz Award Ceremony and Presentation of the Laureates 2020
8.30 pm Giga-Hertz Award Concert I

Sunday, November 29, 2020

4 pm  Film Screening | »No Ideas But in Things«
5.45 pm 

Panel Discussion

Prof. Ludger Brümmer, Prof. Dr. Rudolf Frisius, Prof. Dr. habil. Sabine Sanio and Julia Gerlach in conversation.

7 pm 

Giga-Hertz Award Concert II

Works by the winner of the Main Award

Award winners 2020

Giga-Hertz Main Award
Giga-Hertz Production Prize
Giga-Hertz Production Prize
Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention

Jury Statements on the Award Winners

The event via live stream
Project team

Ludger Brümmer (Artistic Director)
Dominik Kautz (Project Management & Production Organization, Program Brochure)
Sophie Caecilia Hesse (Project Organization)
Sebastian Schottke (Sound Engineer & Sound Direction)
Hans Gass (Light and Event Technician)
Jakob Schreiber (Assistant Sound Direction & Light/Event Technician)
Gil Monteverde (Intern)

Video Studio Team
Christina Zartmann (Broadcast Manager, Camera)
Moritz Büchner (Technical Director)
Andy Koch (Visual Director)
Xenia Leidig (Graphic Art, Camera)
Jule Heinzmann (Camera)
Tim Wenz (Live Stream Support)

Communication & Marketing
Dominika Szope (Head of ZKM | Communication & Marketing)
Lena Becker, Sabine Jäger, Lena Schneider (Website and Communication)
Adrian Koop (Marketing)

Natasha Barrett
François Bonnet
Ludger Brümmer
Palle Dahlstedt
Björn Gottstein
Detlef Heusinger
Peter Weibel

Musicians Concert II
Núria Cunillera Salas
Tayuko Nakao-Seibert
Nathan Watts

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe