ICAS Network / Spread the word!

The ICAS Network is an open structure which aims to spark dialogue, knowledge exchange and mutual support amongst international organizations engaged with experimental sound cultures. Thus it fosters community and collaboration instead of competition between cultural entrepreneurs. ICAS functions as a creative platform for self-reflection and learning on a global level, calling on its members to constantly reinvent, question, inspire and challenge each other. Its greater aim is to support its members in building-up sustainable infrastructures to support, promote and sponsor experimental and critical sound cultures within their specific localities and contexts.


ICAS Network


ICAS is about consciously linking these structures and places to build a positive form of globalization that accords local contexts and emerging talent greater value within an international framework. It seeks to realize the value of shared experience and knowledge, to develop collectively. It is based on the belief that this will result in even stronger sustainable structures for its respective members, ensuring their activities can continue to evolve.


Common ground


All members of ICAS have spent years crafting unique festivals and events, each with its own identity grounded in strong local connections and context. ICAS and its members uphold the cultural value of music and sound creation in both an absolute sense, and in the multifarious forms that meld music and sound with other cultural practices. Unlike the mainstream music business, ICAS members adopt an alternative set of criteria to measure the success of their endeavors, which favors quality, critical reflection, innovation and exchange over profit. Reflecting on the aesthetic and societal agency of contemporary sound creation against a backdrop of the transformation processes induced by digital technology, they wish to raise awareness and support for experimental and experiential sound and music cultures.


Pano Siestes 2009


ICAS members understand their curatorial and organizational activities as a creative force that, engaged in a constant dialogue with artists, producers, critics and audience, constructively contributes to the development of artistically independent music and sound creation. Using a palette of transdisciplinary approaches, ICAS member organizations actively engage in building bridges between art disciplines, cultural fields, scenes and genres with a special eye on fostering exchange between academic musical traditions, experimental music and pop (sub) cultures and between the arts and technology.


ICAS Meeting @ Montreal


Starting in 2010, the European nucleus of the ECAS project, bringing together six European events, is finally undertaking a 5-year project supported by the European Cultural program, through which many of the network's members will collaborating, putting up commissioned events and productions and developing the concepts and themes of the festival as a format. For the latest news and calls for proposals on ICAS and ECAS activities, please visit the network's website at www.icasnetwork.org.


Ecology of festivals panel @ MUTEK 2008


Current ICAS memebrs


Cimatics - Brussels / CTM - Berlin / Communikey - Boulder / CYNETART Festival - Dresden / Decibel Festival - Seattle / Dis-Patch Festival - Belgrade / Festival Pomladi - Ljubljana / Full Pull - Mälmo / FutureEverything - Manchester / Insomnia Festival - Tromsø / Les Siestes Electroniques - Toulouse / Musikprotokoll - Graz / MUTEK - Montréal / MUTEK MX - Mexico City / MUTEK CL - Santiago / MUTEK AR - Buenos Aires / New Forms Festival - Vancouver / Numusic - Stavanger / Recombinant Media Labs - San Francisco / Rokolectiv Festival - Bucharest / Skanu Mezs - Riga / Sperm Festival - Prague / TodaysArt - The Hague / Unsound - Krakow & constantly expanding...

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