Giga-Hertz Award 2021
You can see a blue and black poster of the Giga-Hertz Award with gray lines and yellow writing on it.
Festival for Electronic Music
Sat, 27.11.2021 – Sun, 28.11.2021
Online
Language: English

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.

Together with the SWR Experimental Studio, the ZKM | Centre for Art and Media annually awards the Giga-Hertz Award for Electronic Music. The 2021 award winner is sound artist Christina Kubisch, who receives the main award of 10,000 euros for her pioneering life's work. The Giga-Hertz Production Awards go to Yvette Janine Jackson from the USA and André Damião from Brazil. Honorary mentions will be given to Maja S. K. RatkjeViola Yip and Mendi + Keith Obadike. The award ceremony will take place on November 27  at the ZKM as part of a two-day festival with performances of the award winners' works.

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 German.

+++ Please note: Due to COVID-19, the festival will not be
accessible on site for visitors. You can watch the recording of the entire program after the festival on this page or on the ZKM YouTube channel. You can follow the award ceremony on Saturday, 27.11. at 7 pm live at zkm.de/livestream. +++

The Award Ceremony

Award winners 2021

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

Jury Statements on the Award Winners

    • Main Award to Christina Kubisch for her | Lydia Jeschke
    • Production Award to André Damião for »Chloroquine Pop-ups« (2020) | Ludger Brümmer
    • Production Award to Yvette Janine Jackson for »Destination Freedom« (2017) | George Lewis
    • Honorary Mention for Maja S. K. Ratkje for »Corona Lockdown Concert for TUSK Festival 2020« | Kirsten Reese
    • Honorary Mention for Viola Yip for »Bulbble« (2019) | Detlef Heusinger
    • Honorary Mention for Mendi + Keith Obadike for »Fit (The Battle of Jericho)« (2016) | George Lewis

 

Festival Program

+++ Please note: Due to COVID-19, the festival will not be accessible
on site for visitors. You can watch the recording of the entire program after the festival on this page or on the ZKM YouTube channel. You can follow the award ceremony on Saturday, 27.11. at 7 pm live at zkm.de/livestream. +++

The Program of the Giga-Hertz Award 2021

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Christina Kubisch »Electrical Walks« – CANCELED

Saturday, November 27

Film screening »Sisters with Transistors« (2020) – CANCELED

    • By Lisa Rovner about the pioneering women of electronic music

Giga-Hertz Award Ceremony in the presence of the award winners. With performance of two of this year's award-winning works +++LIVESTREAM+++

    • Viola Yip »Bulbble«, (2019)
    • Yvette Janine Jackson »Destination Freedom«, (2017)

Giga-Hertz Award Concert [freely available on the ZKM website shortly after the event]

    • SWR Experimentalstudio with Óscar Escudero »BIO, the Piece About Your Pianist Life« (2018-21)
    • SWR Experimentalstudio with Hongshuo Fan »Conversation in the Cloud« (2020-21)
    • Mendi + Keith Obadike »Fit (The Battle of Jericho)«, (2016)
    • David Bird »Iron Orchid« (2021)
    • André Damião »Chloroquine Pop-ups«, (2020)
    • Maja S. K. Ratkje »Solo Voice and Live Electronics«
    • Mark Pilkington »Structured Behavior«, (2021)

Sunday, November 28

 

11 am & 1 pm, Forecourt | »Electrical Walks« (electromagnetic city walks) led by the main award winner Christina Kubisch – CANCELED

4 pm | Keynote by Christina Kubisch on her life's work followed by a Q&A session [freely available on the ZKM website shortly after the event]

7 pm | Giga-Hertz Award Concert II – Electroacoustic compositions with electromagnetic fields from 1980 – 2021 by Christina Kubisch [freely available on the ZKM website shortly after the event]

    • »Speak & Spell«, (1983)
    • »Homage with Minimal Disinformation«, (2006)
    • »Night Flights«, (1986)
    • »Bewegungen nach entfernten Orten«, (2010)
    • »Armonica«, (2006)
    • »Schall und Klang«, (2017)
    • »Undercurrents«, (2018)
    • »Travelling Voices / Viaggio 3«, (2021)
    • Christina Kubisch »Transit Journeys 1«, (2021)
Website
The award ceremony on Sat, 27.11. at 7 pm will be broadcast as a livestream.
Jury

Ludger Brümmer (composer, director of the ZKM | Hertz-Lab, professor of composition for digital media, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen)
Peter Weibel (artistic director of ZKM)
Detlef Heusinger (artistic director of the SWR Experimentalstudio)
Lydia Jeschke (editorial director New Music and Jazz, SWR2)
George Lewis (Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2020-21 & Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Columbia University)
Kirsten Reese (composer and sound artist, director of the UNI.K | Studio for Electroacoustic Composition, Sound Art and Sound Research, UdK Berlin)

 

Impressum

ZKM | Hertz-Labor /// ZKM | Hertz-Lab
Ludger Brümmer (künstlerische Leitung /// Artistic direction)
Dominik Kautz (Projektleitung, Produktionsorganisation & Programmheft /// Project management, organisation & program)
Sebastian Schottke, Simon Klumpp (Tonmeister /// Sound direction)
Jakob Schreiber, Manuel Urrutia (Tontechnik /// Sound technology)
Hans Gass, Manuel Weber (Licht & Veranstaltungstechnik /// Light & event technology)

ZKM | Videostudio /// ZKM | Video Studio
Christina Zartmann (Leitung ZKM | Videostudio /// Head of ZKM | Video Studio)
Moritz Büchner (technische Leitung ZKM | Videostudio /// Technical management ZKM | Video Studio)
Andy Koch
Xenia Leidig
Peter Müller
Johanna Ott

ZKM | Kommunikation & Marketing /// ZKM | Communication & Marketing
Dr. Helga Huskamp (Geschäftsführende Vorständin ZKM | Karlsruhe & Interimsleitung Kommunikation und Marketing /// COO of ZKM | Karlsruhe, interim manager of Communication & Marketing)
Lena Becker, Adamantia Goulandris, Alina Kehl, Lena Schneider (Kommunikation & Website /// Communication & website)
Adrian Koop, Emma Teuscher, Lisanne Zecha (Marketing)

2xGoldstein+Schöfer (Grafikdesign & Layout /// Graphic design & layout)

Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe