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Meakusma Weekend 2021

Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to again
cancel the Meakusma Festival 2021 and organise a replacement event called the Meakusma Weekend, much like we did in 2020. We will therefore fully reimburse all purchased tickets that people transferred from 2020 to 2021. The reimbursing process is easy and requires no input from ticket holders. The alternative version to the festival, the Meakusma Weekend, is a smaller and cheaper event. The ticket price for a normal Meakusma Festival does not correspond with what the Meakusma Weekend will offer. Reimbursing tickets is thus for us the most honest option. Tickets for the Meakusma Weekend will become available in due time and we will announce their availability through our social media channels and the press.
Calling our 2021 event the Meakusma Weekend intends to mark the difference with what the Meakusma Festival stands for. The weekend will have a slightly improvised nature as a direct consequence of the current pandemic. It does not compare to the festival, although that does not mean we intend to offer less quality. The Meakusma Weekend is smaller in scope, it will take place in an empty shopping mall right next to the Eupen train station and it will only offer a day program with mainly concerts. There will be different rooms used for the weekend with enough space for people to still keep distance in case social distancing will still be required in September 2021. Only offering a day program will also imply that people can still take the last train home from the train station next door. The shopping mall has an open air parking deck where, if possible, we will try to install a dub sound system.
All things Meakusma are the fruit of the work of a small team. That is why we have decided to plan a weekend instead of a festival. Even if Covid-19 measures would loosen in the coming months, it would for us be next to impossible to get a festival organised in two to three months. We also expect social distancing measures to still be in place in September 2021, that is why we feel it is better to move 2021’s proceedings to the shopping mall instead of using our trusted Alter Schlachthof venue. As it is in our view very likely to still have travel restrictions in place till the end of this year, keeping the scope of things a bit smaller than usual makes all the more sense. In case things would all of a sudden dramatically improve and bans would be lifted, we will of course try and offer a night program as well, but so far we do not see this happening.
People who have bought tickets for the Meakusma Festival 2021 will be contacted and reimbursed asap. We stand to thank all of you that decided to donate their 2020 Meakusma Festival entrance fee to us. We will however also reimburse those tickets. With the global music business in dire straits, perhaps it is a good idea to spend some of that reimbursed money in a local record store or spend it on Bandcamp and support artists directly.
Stay safe and see you soon,
All at Meakusma



Sonic Chair sc01 – No I – IV

After having been presented in Cologne, Münster and Dortmund, the SONIC CHAIR and its sound pieces start traveling again – first to the IKOB museum in Eupen, Belgium.
The SONIC CHAIR sound pieces concept was developed for the “soundwaves” series on sound art which ran in Cologne in 2017 and 2018 and was conceived and developed by curator Georg Dietzler.
Artists from the noise music scene have composed pieces for the SONIC CHAIR sc01, a piece of loudspeaker designer furniture that can be rotated 350 degrees. The first series of SONIC CHAIRS was built in 2008. Similar to a musical instrument, the shape of the SONIC CHAIR is determined by the acoustics. Sitting in the sound center of the chair supports the spatiality of the recordings. With loudspeakers in the armchair canopy, low bass frequencies are transmitted to the user’s back via a structure-borne sound membrane.
The presented sound pieces move between abstract, herbaceous, electronic ambience, puristic field recordings, layered guitar drones, manipulated everyday objects and generated noise narratives, as well as sound art, jazz and experimental pop. The 16 sound pieces can be selected individually using a sixteen-part push-button selection menu.
“Works at the interface between art and music like to fall between the chairs. The ability to understand noise as something musical gives us the opportunity to experience another dimension with our senses, to experience spatiality. Sound art means being surprised by ideas that are lovingly manifested in sound. And if works on the interface between art and music like to fall between the chairs, with the SONIC CHAIR there is a special armchair that invites you to sit and listen with its built-in loudspeakers and many audio pieces to choose from.” Text fragments by Achim Zepezauer for mexhibition 2018, at the Künstlerhaus Dortmund.
The first four pieces were commissioned by Georg Dietzler/gerngesehen.de, pieces 5 to 8 were selected by Erhard Hirt of cuba-cultur in Münster, pieces 9 to 12 by Till Kniola/ aufabwegen, Cologne and pieces 13 to 16 by Achim Zepeauer/mex, Dortmund.
The presentation in Eupen is yet another cooperation between meakusma npo and Georg Dietzler/gerngesehen.de, Cologne.
The SONIC CHAIR is your acoustic island, for more information visit sonicchair.de.
Thanks to our funding partners: Musikfonds e.V. mit Projektmitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Kunststiftung NRW, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln. Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt Münster und Sparkasse Münsterland-Ost, DEW21, Sparkasse Dortmund, Pro Jazz e.V., DEGEM, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Kulturbüro der Stadt Dortmund.
SONIC CHAIR sc01 in Eupen funded by Ostbelgien and Province de Liège.

Sixteen sound pieces for a SONIC CHAIR sc01

Andreas Oskar Hirsch, Cologne, ROW OUT, 24:38, stereo, 2011 / 2017
Achim Mohné, Cologne, Music for, by & through a Sonic Chair sc01, stereo, 2017
Janneke van der Putten & Chrs Galarreta, Rotterdam/Lima I.A. Maastunnel,13:39, stereo, 2017
extract for a sonic chair || Martificial 00:06 || The Call 04:27 || Coral 08:44
Miki Yui, Düsseldorf, ellecsielle, 17:14, stereo, 2017
commissioned by Georg Dietzler for the “soundwaves” series on sound art, Cologne
Ross Parfitt, Münster: All of the instruments in the house right now – (4:55 min. Samples thanks to Roman Nose.)
Ross Parfitt & Erhard Hirt & Florian Walter, Münster: Triotype – (März, 2017, 6:09 min.)
Stan Pete, Halle/Westfalen: polyranger (S017, 5:10 min.)
Achim Zepezauer, Dortmund: ohne Titel (Februar, 2017, 6:09 min.)
selected by Erhard Hirt, Münster
Artificial Memory Trace, Mountshannon/Ireland: Memories of Now, 7:10 min., stereo, 2018
Das Synthetische Mischgewebe, Caen/France: Heldensägen 01, 6:00 min., stereo, 2018
N(64) – N (Hellmut Neidhardt), Dortmund: Berg_Fidel, 6:59 min., stereo, 2018
Colin Potter, London/England: Are You Sitting Comfortably?
commissioned by aufabwegen /Till Kniola, Cologne
Claus van Bebber, Konzert KHM/Academie for Media Arts, Cologne 2016, II
Gailė Griciūtė, Some Of All (Excerpt)
Peter Strickmann, Mauernap, Auszug#03, Schnarcharchiv
Marta Zapparoli, Live At mex (Excerpt 2018)
selected by Achim Zepezauer, mex, Dortmund


Ikob Province-de-Liege