Since the program launched in 2015, Border Movement Residency has worked with over 10 artists creating residency experiences that are customised around the individual needs of artists. The aim of the program has always been to create meaningful and relevant creative exchanges between musicians in South Asia and Germany. …
“I think it all depends on what you want to express through your art,” says Berlin-based French DJ and producer David Monnin as he explains why the identity of a being has both creative and an anti-creative influence in the process of making art. “You can’t ever completely dissolve your identity. Most of us have grown up within a social and cultural universe that we can’t really escape. Even if you manage to dissolve it for a short moment, it will always come back and leave a mark on your work.”
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Applications for Border Movement Residency (BMR) Berlin 2018 – a unique 2 month tailor made program for musicians from South Asia are now open.
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Independent record labels and DIY culture have made it possible for many artists across the globe to get their music to a wide section of listeners. While it may not necessarily be a profit making venture at first, there is something hugely rewarding and futuristic about the ability to nurture fresh talent without jeopordising creative freedom; a huge contrast to the former model where big record labels called the shots. There are a number of small and active record labels all over South Asia who are supporting artists and consistently releasing good music. We compiled a list of labels based in South Asia that reflect the beauty of a DIY approach.
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A two way exchange, the Border Movement Residency (BMR) program creates unique opportunities for South Asian producers to engage with the music community in Berlin (BMR Berlin); while also offering Berlin based artists a platform to interact with musicians in South Asia (BMR South Asia).
Earlier this year we were proud to announce the launch of a new residency initiative: BMR. Over the course of 2016 – BMR will host 3 South Asian artists in Berlin for 2 months and see a Berlin based artist take part in a bespoke residency program in South Asia.
“Music appeals to a beautifully primal place within human beings and enables us to have synchronised collective experiences that transcend the mundane. To me the greatest message in music is that it is the antithesis of social issues. It should unite us. And, I think this has been a very important role of music for a long time,” says Colombo-based Givanke Goonetilleke whose endeavours with constructing metaphorical sonic terrains have surpassed all conventional norms with respect to experimental music.
Colombo is soon to play host to Musicmatters Festival 2016, an annual showcase, now in its fifth year, of contemporary non-mainstream, experimental music, to be held from August 12-14, featuring local and international musicians. While commercial music tends to find its way to audiences through generous exposure on radio and television, more leftfield sounds have always seemed to survive through the dedicated efforts of a select few, and Musicmatters is one such endeavour. …
Bjorn Ketels sees himself as the middle man; a broker of cultural exchanges.
He sells himself short.
For a non-artist, his role in the development of contemporary art and electronic music in Sri Lanka has been immeasurable. He is one of the Goethe Institut’s greatest assets in this region at present, perhaps sent by mere chance, to an island whose shores now vibrate at a higher frequency for having had him. …
The changing landscape of the Sri Lankan music scene has given its own industry a much needed shot of adrenalin. It’s gone on to influence other creative disciplines from visual arts to fashion design, filmmaking and multi-disciplinary work unlike never before, making this tiny community almost too vibrant to be kept underground for much longer. …