Sphera Event

Unsound Festival

October 13, 2021
Kracow, Poland


About Unsound

Unsound focuses on a broad swath of contemporary music — emerging, experimental, and leftfield — whose sweep doesn’t follow typical genre constraints. Influential around the world, it has developed a reputation for identifying innovative scenes and radical sounds. It’s a platform for an exchange of artistic ideas for musicians, visual artists, curators, journalists, record label owners and booking agents from every continent.

Founded in 2003, Unsound wasn’t always the festival it is now. The very first edition ended with artists thrown out of a club for playing music that was too weird for regular patrons. Now, with the main festival still happening every year at a number of venues across Kraków, regular events also take place in New York, Adelaide, Toronto, and London. Between 2016 and 2018, Unsound also produced eleven festivals in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, part of a long history of working with curators and artists in the post-Soviet region.

As well as spotlighting emerging artists, Unsound also commissions new shows and encourages transborder collaborations, adapts and reimagines abandoned spaces for concerts and club nights, manages cutting-edge artists, and is known for its sound-inspired Ephemera perfume project.


13 October 2021, 10.00—20.30

Partners meeting @ Pałac Potockich

13:00 Lunch

12:00—18:00 Sphera Day (talks, panels) @ Pałac Krzysztofory

12.00 Discussion: The Topography of Oppression Online

13.30 Discussion: Ecology of Care

Discussion: Well, Actually… Wellness, Psychedelics and Neoliberalism

16.30 Presentation: Deep Authenticy, with Sam Rolfes
17.30 Presentation: The Synthetic and the Real, with Benjamin Bratton

19:00—20:30 Cocktail meeting @ Hevre

14 October 2021, 10.00—18.00

Partners meeting @ Pałac Potockich

13:00 Lunch

12:00—18:00 Sphera Day (talks, panels) @ Pałac Krzysztofory

Screening and Discussion: Shy Radicals

Journalism Workshop with RA

13.30 Presentation: Chakram Polarizer, with Eternal Engine

Presentation: The ABC of the Projectariat

Presentation: Listening to (the ASMR of) Sounding Things (Otherwise Known as Intimacy), with David Toop

Artist talk: Angel Bat Dawid

Discussion: Squeezed Out – Cities, Tourism and Gentrification


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