Currently, the question of how to deal with archives and collections is particularly controversial and this also applies to music. Increasingly sizeable storage options offer manifold possibilities as well as precarious challenges. These range from media specifics and classification modes to provenance issues and copyright. One central theme of the discursive music festival Find the File is the question of how to deal with musical cultural heritage in times of drastically advancing digitization.
The media transformation and the tasks it poses are especially problematic for inventories and collections of musical heritage. Converting analog sound material into digital form involves great potentials for conflict, but also numerous opportunities and possibilities. In Find the File, the fine line that this process of transformation navigates will be outlined and reflected in concerts, lectures, discussions, films and installations. The types and norms of behaviors being put to the test in the context of the digitization of existing music archives will be evaluated in a search for promising formulas and best practices.
As an integral part of the project, recently found footage of the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti provides direct access to the cosmos of questions arising out of a preoccupation with this thematic group. These fragments from Kuti’s life will be presented to the public at HKW for the first time in a specially designed installation by photographer and director Armin Linke. Kuti, who is considered the founder of Afrobeat, died in 1997, leaving a legacy that continues to influence musical developments on the African continent to this day. Fela Kuti’s eldest son Femi Kuti will perform live at Find the File.
With Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Dur-Dur Band International, DJ Raph, Baba Commandant, Tellavision & Derya Yıldırım, DJ /rupture (a.k.a. Jace Clayton), Bernadette la Hengst, Stella Chiweshe, The Zonke Family & Stefan Franke, Aérea Negrot, Olith Ratego & Chor der Kulturen der Welt, Alan Bishop, Hayvanlar Alemi, and many more
Curated by Detlef Diederichsen
Part of The New Alphabet
Evening ticket (concerts, DJ sets, performances): 13€/10€
Festival pass: 30€
Talks & lectures, films, video and sound installationen: Free admission
The detailed program: hkw.de/en/findthefile