ICAS Festival – Network Tomorrow’s Art for an Unknown Future

From 27 April to 3 May 2015, Dresden will become a hotspot for advanced music and related arts as the ICASInternational Cities of Advanced Sound network reunites over 20 music and media art festivals into a Festival of Festivals.

Sonica festival will showcase three acts on ICAS festival: 99 (Martin Bricelj Baraga and Olaf Bender – the first presentation of the new version of the installation ), OKNAI and Random Logic, who will present audiovisual edition of the album π (pi), the first edition of  Sonica’s label ASONIC.

Assembling a mix of club concerts, outdoor interventions, a multi-day conference programme, a film series, lab formats, as well as an exhibition, the festival adopts the theme of “Tools for an Unknown Future” in an attempt to examine how to cope with increasing uncertainty in the field of culture using the tools that have been developed in our society thus far. In times with no illusions of utopia, the urge to find methods of self-empowerment – a safety net in the face of the unknown – is more urgently needed than ever before.

The event will also mark the end of ECAS while serving as a launch event for a brand-new project born within the network; SHAPE platform (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe).

Taking place at venues Lab15, Altes Wettbüro, Hole of Fame, and the Thalia movie theatre, the ICAS Festival is headquartered at the Festspielhaus Hellerau.


Announced artists:

Lorenzo Senni [IT], Gabor Lazar [HU], MØRK [NO], Bocca al Lupo (Kathy Alberici with Federico Nitti) [INT], Low Jack [FR], Humatic Media Catapults– MNM Stage Version ft. Mieko Suzuki [DE], Alexander Dorn – Phantasialand [DE], Random Logic [SI], Teun Verkerk & Joris Hoogeboom – Buqs [NL], Environmental Auditors [INT], The Sound of Belgium – Jozef Deville [BE], High On Hope – Piers Sanderson [UK], Sounds Fragmenting our Present Past – Nathan Budzinski & Theo Cook [CA/UK]. More soon.


Participating organisations:

Festival Némo/ARCADI (Paris, FR), Cimatics (Brussels, BE), CTM Festival(Berlin, DE), Cultures Electroni-k (Rennes, FR), CYNETART (Dresden, DE), FutureEverything (Manchester, UK), Insomnia Festival (Tromsø, NO),Les Siestes Electroniques (Toulouse, FR), MeetFactory (Prague, CZ), SONICA Festival/Mota-Museum Transitory-Art (Ljubljana, SI), Festival Novas Frequências (Rio de Janeiro, BR), ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst (Graz, AT), RIAM Festival (Marseilles, FR), Rokolectiv Festival (Bucharest, RO), Schiev Festival (Brussels, BE), Skaņu Mežs (Riga, LV), SOCO Festival (oficial) (Montevideo, UY), TodaysArt (The Hague, NL), UH Fest (Budapest, HU), UNSOUND Festival (Kraków, PL).


Festival Homepage


Sonica will present three acts on ICAS Festival:

Random Logic_KS_photo by Iztok Zupan2RANDOM LOGIC

The audiovisual live-act of the Slovenian techno and experimental electronic duo Random Logic comes as an announcement of their new release and is a direct result of a decade spent researching music as the art of time. Their forthcoming album pays tribute to the sign π and endorses the sonic expression of duration.

Formed as a single continuous set, it seeks an attentive listener wishing to benefit from hearing imperfect and unrepeatable sounds caught in loops. Random Logic – Miha Klemenčič and Gregor Zemljič – are regarded as the pioneers of slovene contemporary electronic and ambient techno music. Their internationally acclaimed first album Numrebs was released under the music label Tehnika in 2001. Their second album π features video art created by Gašper Milkovič Biloslav in Marko Vivoda.





Oknai is an innovative electronic artist based in Berlin, who got his rep from his ‘clip-chop’ live sets. In 2011 the rx:tx label released his first EP Ain’t a Dream, featuring raw, lo-fi drums, though its rough edges tend to get smoothed over by the wealth of detail, sampled fragments from all over the place and unique arrangements, all tucked someplace between glitchop, hiphop, IDM and the other. High Tide is the follow up to Oknai’s debut. The album was entirely produced on the coasts of Costa Rica where Oknai was surfing, diving, exploring, eating them exotic fruits and, well, making music. And the music is not about bananas, pineapples and coffe. It’s also not necessarily a sunny record. It’s a subtle and cohesive mix of lo-fi drums, synths and lots of bass. It’s hiphop with hidden juke-ish rhythmics. It’s High Tide, very much a night ride.

Oknai on Soundcloud




99 is a kinetic sound sculpture comprised of a matrix of 99 balloons. It is presented as an immersive, yet intimate performance by artists Martin Bricelj Baraga and Olaf Bender. While being inflated, the balloons surround visitors to create an intense physical, sonic, and visual experience. 99 is inspired by “99 Luftballons” an anti-nuclear protest song by the German band Nena from their 1983 self-titled album.