About MaerzMusik

MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues

22 – 30 March 2019

A Festival for Time Issues – that is a place devoted to our most valuable resource: time. Time, understood as a dimension of experience equally accessible to each and every one. A phenomenon that resists reduction and definition. Time as a medium of music and the arts that transcends chronological and efficiency-oriented regimes.

But also: Time as an political category that determines the ways in which we live, work and produce – a concept und invention in service of ideological and economic interests; an instrument of power setting the beat and dictating the rhythm; a dimension of the imaginary that influences our vision of futurity and hence our freedom of action. Time as a notion of agency for contemporaries, individuals and societies.

The newly devised festival MaerzMusik is a space for artistic experiences, encounters and debates revolving around our relation to time. Developed from the perspective of listening and carried by the rhythms of the present and the future, it offers a public space where life, art and theory, perception and reflexion may converge.

We cordially invite you to share this time and this space – a garden of forking paths: concerts, performances, installations, film presentations and discourse formats revolving around our relation to time. Moments, we hope, that will stay with you; days and hours that pass by in a flash: times condensed, dilated, anachronous, accelerated, interrupted, stopped and wasted – shared and lived time.

The programme will be published in early January 2019.

Berno Odo Polzer

Berno Odo Polzer is a curator, dramaturge and researcher in the fields of contemporary music, sound-related art and performance. His interdisciplinary practice combines artistic, theory-related, dramaturgical and curatorial approaches. As a curator he has been developing interdisciplinary formats and projects relating to contemporary music, political theory, architecture, media history, neuroscience, dance and performance as well as visual arts, working with institutions such as Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater Brussels, Tanzquartier Wien, World Venice Forum, steirischer herbst, Wiener Konzerthaus, Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik and Alte Oper Frankfurt. From 2000 to 2006 he was curator, and from 2007 to 2009 Artistic Director of the international contemporary music festival Wien Modern.
Image: Berno Odo Polzer © Lucie Jansch