International Cities of Advanced Sound (I.C.A.S.) – is a global network of independent non-profit Organizations dedicated to advancing sound cultures, music and related arts.
All members of I.C.A.S. have spent years crafting unique festivals and events, each with its own identity grounded in strong local connections and context.
I.C.A.S. 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, I.C.A.S. 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.
I.C.A.S. 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, I.C.A.S. 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.
The I.C.A.S. network is an open structure that welcomes the participation of new members.
It 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.
I.C.A.S. 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.
I.C.A.S. 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.
Activities within the events and festivals organized by I.C.A.S. members include concerts, performances, commissioned work, exhibitions, participatory projects, educational workshops, conferences, presentations, panel discussions, publications and informal spaces for knowledge-sharing within and between fields.
Additionally I.C.A.S. organizes meetings and workshops to define the directions, aims and actions of the network.
I.C.A.S. serves as an interface to intensify dialogue between its members and the decision makers in cultural, political and economic fields.
The network meetings also serve to increase public awareness concerning the issues addressed by I.C.A.S. and its member organizations.
I.C.A.S. Member Organizations
- Atlantic Waves festival, London
- club transmediale festival, Berlin
- Communikey festival, Boulder
- Decibel festival, Seattle
- Detali Zvuku festival, Kiev
- Dis-Patch festival, Belgrade
- FutureEverything festival, Manchester
- Insomnia festival, Tromsø
- Les Siestes Electroniques, Toulouse
- Musikprotokoll, Graz
- MUTEK festival, Montréal
- MUTEK festival, Mexico
- MUTEK festival, Chile
- MUTEK festival, Argentina
- New Forms festival, Vancouver
- Nu Music festival, Stavanger
- Rokolectiv festival, Bucharest
- Recombinant Media Labs, San Francisco
- Skanu Mezs festival, Riga
- Sperm festival, Prague
- TodaysArt, The Hague
- Unsound festival, Krakow
- Ultrahang festival, Budapest