inSonic 2020
Visual of the »inSonic 2020« festival at the ZKM Karlsruhe.
Fri, December 11, 2020 – Sun, December 13, 2020, Festival

The ZKM | Hertz-Lab will be hosting this year's edition of the »inSonic« Festival, examining the shifts, transitions and expansions which take place in the field of music and sound art.

The »inSonic« Festival will explore the new formats and artistic practices, including but not limited to the use of disruptive technologies, like »Machine Learning« or concepts such as »Extended Reality«, whose development gives rise to the shifts, transitions and expansions in in the field of music and sound art.

The festival will be held as a wide streaming-edition including lightning talks, panel discussions, artistic performances and live-concerts within which new pieces by, among others, Giulia Vismara, Aaron Einbond, Quadrature among others will premiere. The notion of Syntheses delineates the attempt to describe this diversity of heterogenous artistic and academic stances, which will not only be represented but also meaningfully connected with each other in the course of the festival. This productive way of merging international and interdisciplinary expertise takes place in cooperation with the European Art-Science-Technology Network for Digital Creativity (EASTN-DC). 

By means of two panel discussions the Hertz-Lab puts a strong emphasis on the artistic use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the sphere of music and sound art. The conversation will focus on the comparison between innovative tools which shape the work of today’s sound artists and musicians and the creative practices used by early pioneers in the domain of computer music. The overarching question will be, whether and how the artistic desideratum and the particular (technological) challenges have changed over the years and how they will look like in the future.


Friday, 11.12.2020

4 pm–7 pm Symposium Session I (Moderation: Yannick Hofmann)

Ludger Brümmer: Introduction

Ionian University, Corfu (GR)

Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff (GB)

Ljudmila, Ljubljana (SI)

University of Manchester, Manchester (GB)

Cuneo Conservatorio, Cuneo (IT)

8 pm Concert I

Saturday, 12.12.2020

4 pm–6 pm Symposium Session II (Moderation: Cecilia Preiß)

6 pm–8 pm Panel-Discussion I​​​​​​​: Good Old Fashioned Artificial Intelligence

8 pm Concert II

Sunday, 13.12.2020

4 pm–6 pm Symposium Session III (Moderation: Yannick Hofmann)

6 pm–8 pm Panel-Discussion II: Artificial Neural Networks

8 pm Concert III

The festival is accompanied by the Telegram group We are looking forward to questions, thoughts and joint discussions!
Please click here to download the instructions for Telegram.


Das Festival wird über die Telegram-Gruppe begleitet. Wir freuen uns über Fragen, Gedanken und gemeinsame Diskussionen!
Hier finden Sie eine Anleitung für Telegram.


The event via live stream
Project Team

ZKM | Hertz-Lab

Ludger Brümmer, Yannick Hofmann
Curation & Moderation

Cecilia Preiß
Event Organisation, Editing & Moderation

Dominik Kautz
Event Organisation & Production

Benjamin Miller
Sound Direction

Hans Gass
Light & Event Technician

ZKM | Video Studio

Peter Müller
Visual Director & Live Editing

Tim Wenz
Live Editing & Additional Footage Editing

Xenia Leidig
Graphic Art

Christina Zartmann, Andy Koch, Jule Heinzmann
Additional Footage Editing

ZKM | Communication & Marketing

Dominika Szope
Head of ZKM | Communication & Marketing

Lena Becker, Sabine Jäger, Lena Schneider
Website and Communication

Adrian Koop


Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

The »inSonic 2020: Syntheses« festival takes place within the frame of the project EASTN-DC, co-funded by the »Creative Europe Programme« of the European Union.

European Art-Science-Technology Network for Digital Creativity (EASTN-DC)

Creative Europe Programme of the European Union