During the events various cultural activist movements and committees emerged who opposed the monopolisation of the production and consumption of art by a small elitist group. One of them was CRAC (Comité Révolutionnaire d’Agitation Culturelle). They believed that historical avant-garde’s project of fusing art and everyday life was left unfinished. The Dadaist, Surrealist, Provo and Situationist movements furnished a clear point of reference : art, including music, had to be accessible and participatory.
With an average of 4000 visitors a day, from all classes of society, and because of its transparent architecture, De Krook complies with the principle of accessibility and participation.
May 1968 might not have been a genuine revolution. After the events, regimes just continued their business as usual. But it was definitely a turning point with respect to individual freedom. The asphyxiating state interference for workers, both in their professional as well as their private life, was questioned and state power has gradually been replaced by a more liberal state organisation ever since. However, the great fear remained after 1968 that contemporary capitalism was capable of absorbing all critical ideas or movements and bending them to its own advantage. In fact, today we see oil companies claiming environmental sustainability and fast food multinationals adopting green logos. And state power might have been reduced, yet it has been replaced by market power: the algorithms that are controlling financial markets and big data that is controling consumers.
Program: Les moutons de Panurge (Frederic Rzewski), Ricefall (Michael Pisaro), Mathematics of Resonant Bodies (John Luther Adams), Silver Street Car for the Orchestra (Alvin Lucier), Mani.Gonxha (Pierluigi Billone), Koan : having Never Written a Note for Percussion (James Tenney), Diptico 68 – vol.1 (Erika Vega), Silent Music (Hans Roels), Les vaches de Narayana (Tom Johnson), A rainbow in curved air (Terry Riley).
The Ghent Advanced Master Ensemble GAME consists of the musicians and composers of the advanced master programme for contemporary music at KASK Royal Conservatory Ghent, who share a desire for dialogue, creation of new works, interdisciplinarity and discovery of the latest developments in contemporary music. Since 2013 they have been touring in Belgium
Erika Vega (composer), Ward Ginneberge (accordion), Filipa Botelho (clarinet), Kaja Farszky (percussion), Elliott Harrison (percussion), Maria Dominguez Perez (piano), Amaury Geens (sax), Caterina Roberti (piano), Quentin Meurisse(piano, electronics), Carlo Siega (guitar), Clara Lévy (violin), Anne Zeuwts (harp).
Tom De Cock : coaching
Jean-Luc Plouvier : coaching
Sara Smalbrugge : production
Joris Blanckaert : concept & coordination
RE:volution RE:verberations is part of the May Events festival @ Vooruit/Kunstenfestivaldesarts
Article by Joris Blanckaert about RE:volution RE:verberations (in Dutch): https://medium.com/onrust/re-volution-re-verberations-682bf8cea96f