Text by CLOT Magazine
Rewire 2020, a festival for adventurous music, returns to The Hague from 3 to 5 April at venues across the city in the Netherlands. Rewire has been showcasing emerging developments in contemporary music around the world across a range of venues in The Hague, from churches, old factories and abandoned spaces to the more institutional theatres and pop venues for 10 years.
This year, the programme’s central theme will be (Re)setting: examining how humans and sound relate to changing environments. (Re)setting responds to new listening experiences, urbanisation, the changing rural landscape, and the ecological crisis through an extensive discourse programme of talks, workshops, and an open call for essays and projects, in addition to the programme of concerts, interdisciplinary performances and screenings.
Artists and projects confirmed for Rewire 2020 include the just confirmed Wire, Evelien van den Broek presenting Biophonica, Hildur Gudnadóttir presenting Chernobyl, The Caretaker & Weirdcore, Arca, SOPHIE, Suzanne Ciani and Beatrice Dillon, Zonal, Lea Bertucci, Sote presents Parallel Persia world premieres of new special projects by Pan Daijing the Dutch live debut of Desire Marea, and many more, plus a programme of sonic interventions in public space including ‘Music for a Busy City’ featuring newly commissioned compositions by Ain Bailey, Genevieve Murphy, Pete Harden, and Yannis Kyriakides.
Rewire 2020 will also host the 39th edition of iii’s No Patent Pending series, a nomadic performance series presenting radical interdisciplinary practices that engage with sound, image, space and the body. Featuring works and performances from six interdisciplinary artists, Jesus Canuto Iglesias, Gabriela Prochazka, Mariska de Groot, Ji Youn Kang, Pelle Schilling and Edwin van der Heide, encounter dystopian, cyberpunk and machine aesthetics in this immersive theatrical experience where the virtual, the mechanical and the flesh collide.
The talks programme will be announced next week.