Berlin Atonal
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Berlin Atonal
Berlin Atonal
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Cabaret Voltaire at Berlin Atonal 2014
GenreExperimental music
music festival
arts festival
art installation
DatesAnnually in August
Years active1982-1990

Berlin Atonal is a festival for sonic and visual art with two distinct stages, first running between 1982 and 1990, it was relaunched in 2013 and continues to the current day.


Originally staged at SO36 in Kreuzberg by Dimitri Hegemann, the early years of Atonal fostered revolutionary and innovative musical acts such as Malaria!, Einstürzende Neubauten,Test Dept, Laibach, Psychic TV, 808 State, Die Haut among many others.[1] Throughout the 1980s Berlin Atonal was at the vanguard of the progressive electronic and experimental music and art scenes in Berlin. The festival closed in 1990 with the fall of the Berlin wall as Hegemann went on to open the techno club Tresor.

In 2013, Berlin Atonal was relaunched at a new location - a massive abandoned powerplant in Berlin-Mitte - under new direction.[2] Since this date the festival activates the powerplant for a week each year, featuring site-specific performances and installations, world premiere commissions and collaborations, screenings and workshops. Among the artists who have produced new work for the festival, or contributed with a specially devised project are; Cabaret Voltaire, Outside the Dream Syndicate with Tony Conrad, Jon Hassell, Glenn Branca, Peter Zinovieff, Moritz von Oswald, Wolfgang Tillmans, Murcof, Monoton, Alessandro Cortini, Kathinka Pasveer with a projection of Stockhausen's Oktophonie, Mika Vainio, Regis, Mick Harris, Marshstepper, Powell, Drew McDowall, Porter Ricks, Shackleton, David Borden, Roly Porter, John Elliot, Cut Hands, Bruce Connor, Clock DVA, Biosphere, Donato Dozzy, Ike Yard, Tim Hecker, Pierre Bastien, In Aeternam Vale, Lustmord, Ben Frost and many others.

See also


  1. ^ [ Thomas Bailey: How Gray Was My Mauer] (HiS Voice Magazine, access: 23 April 2013)
  2. ^ [ Official website of Berlin Atonal]

External links

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