if you read this mail, you are invited to present yourself or your musical work
in the context of this years edition of phonoTAKTIK/part 2 in Vienna.
At a street corner Karl saw a placard with the following announcement: The
Oklahoma Theatre will engage members for its company today at Clayton race
course from six o'clock in the morning until midnight. The great Theatre of
Oklahoma calls you! Today only and never again! If you miss your chance now you
miss it for ever! If you think of your future you are one of us! Everyone is
welcome! If you want to be an artist, join our company! Our Theatre can find
employment for everyone, a place for everyone! If you decide on an engagement
we congratulate you here and now! But hurry so that you get in before midnight!
At twelve o'clock the doors will be shut and never opened again! Down with all
those who do not believe in us! Up, and to Clayton!
A great many people were certainly standing before the placard, but it did not
seem to find much approval. There were so many placards; nobody believed in
them any longer. And this placard was still more improbable than usual. Above
all, it failed in an essential particular, it did not mention payment. If the
payment were worth mentioning at all, the placard would certainly have
mentioned it; that most attractive of all arguments would not have been
forgotten. No one wanted to be an artist, but every man wanted to be paid for
Yet for Karl there was one great attraction in the placard. "Everyone is
welcome," it said. Everyone! That meant Karl too. All that he had done till now
was ignored; it was not going to be made a reproach to him. He was entitled to
apply for a job of which he need not be ashamed, which, on the contrary, was a
matter of public advertisement. And just as public was the promise that he too
would find acceptance. He asked for nothing better; he wanted to find some way
of at least beginning a decent life, and perhaps this was his chance. Even if
all the extravagant statements in the placard were a lie, even if the great
Theatre of Oklahoma were an insignificant travelling circus, it wanted to
engage people, and that was enough. Karl did not read the whole placard over
again, but once more singled out the sentence: "Everyone is welcome."
Franz Kafka, Amerika
phonoTAKTIK.02 - The social construction of technology
Vienna, May 28th - June 2nd 2002
We welcome every approach to create music that contributes to the development
of ideas about
- or other dimensions that we may not have even dreamed about yet
The budget allows us to host 50 physical persons, best treatment and
To identify, which contributions will be presented at which *slots*
we will set up a procedure that involves
the network of the global music community.
If you want to involve yourself or you music please visit the website
www.phonotaktik.at between April 17th (12p.m. MEZ) and April 21th
(12 p.m. MEZ).
This is not a competition or a call for applications. we strongly believe the
21. century should be welcomed as the age of cooperation: nobody should win
against others because nobody should loose in this world. we all together
should become winners in the end.
We decided to use this approach to broaden our scope and to share the results
with everybody. A single individual perspective even of the most gifted curator
may not be enough anymore to identify the State of the Art today.
We are aware that the music world is not a community of equal persons. artists
with well developed names and a higher market-evaluation have to protect
themselves for simple professional reasons. Many of us are used to be
booked via agencies or their labels. But we want to remind everyone that we
respect all creative expression regardless of market-value, peer-group-
ranking or other indicators. Thus we express our hope that at least even the
busiest among us find a way to be still with us.
As it was said,
everyone is welcome,
The idea of phonoTAKTIK has been shaped by contributions of many great artists,
newcomers and stars, as the idea of music as a whole and you never know where
the seed of the next big tree is already blooming. So thank you to all that we
had the pleasure to meet at phonoTAKTIK so far
atom heart online.
the conet project.
cube and sphere.
richard h. kirk.
men at arms.
panoptischer kreis wien.
hans joachim roedelius.
the smiling buddhas.
sons of silence.
stock, hausen & walkman.
walkner & moestl.
please visit the website http://www.phonotaktik.at between April 17th
(12p.m. MEZ) and April 21th (12 p.m. MEZ).
Up, and to Clayton!