For its 6th edition – which will take place at the CTM female networks event – New Emergences extends an invitation to the inventor and sound artist Marije Baalman who will join the panel alongside Mariette Groot, professional organizer and shop keeper of the only mobile store dedicated to experimental music and sound art in the Netherlands; together with Anne Wellmer, composer and performer of electronic music; and with the British musician and artist Semay Wu, who initiated the New Emergences lecture and discussion series in the spring of 2016.

The provocations we propose here are that there is not much difference between women and men’s approaches to technology, if we disregard for a moment such things as historical, social and cultural backgrounds. We will also question the common use of a specific language and imagery that perharps influences women and men towards a profession.

New Emergences is set up as a lecture and discussion series. The discussions are the most important aspect of the series, and lie at the core of these events. Everyone present in the room is invited to comment or ask questions to the panel. The moderator has the role and the right to filter and move on within the discussion if and whenever necessary.

WHERE: Kunstquartier Studio 1, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin.
WHEN: Fed, 3, 2017, 12:00~13:20
Tickets: 3 € entry / 5 – 7 € day pass at the door
Festival Info here.


Semay Wu initiated the series in the spring of 2016 with the intention of bringing people together to discuss opposing opinions with each other respectfully. There are many approaches towards the dealing of everyday sexism, and one in particular tries to ignore it completely. Yet, with current communication networks and opportunities, the sharing of information for everybody has encouraged the emerging generation of younger composers and artists to readily re-address and oppose sexism and the lack of diversity. Expectations are changing drastically; curiosity and desire propose actions and strategies.

By creating and allowing a Safe Space to openly discuss, we encourage taboo topics to become a functional reality for our cultural discourse.

By collecting perspectives, we initiate Change, not by demanding Change, but by making people listen to each other.


Semay Wu (photo by Anne Wellmer)


Semay Wu (photo by Ed Jansen)

Semay Wu (UK) is a cellist, sound and performance artist who explores the space between gesture, image and musical language. She initiated the New Emergences lecture and discussion series in March 2016 and remains committed – with the rest of the team – to the continuation of the series. Hailing from Liverpool/Manchester as a freelance musician and composer, Semay studied for the Master of Music degree in 2014, at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and at STEIM in Amsterdam. Having now finished, she continues her explorative work, basing herself in Scotland, to also include the performative aspects of video art, interactive electronics, choreography, set design and instrument building.


Mariette Groot (photo by anonymous)

Mariëtte Groot (NL) runs a mobile and on-line store called Underbelly, based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Underbelly’s collection of records, books, magazines, films and small musical instruments is curated with a focus on contemporary and historical avant-garde, experiment, do-it-yourself mentality and eccentricity. Mariëtte has been active in the “music business” for a very long time, playing in bands and solo, running a venue and a shop, booking artists, researching in the field of sound art and now also working on a series of all-female live events at WORM, Rotterdam.


Anne wellmer (selfie with Arp 2500 at Worm’s Klangendum studio, July 2016)


Anne Wellmer (selfie)

Anne Wellmer (D/NL) is a composer performer of electronic music and a sound artist based in The Hague in The Netherlands. She studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (NL) and composition at Wesleyan University in Middletown/CT (USA). Her work typically includes narrative or performative elements. An ongoing project has been a series of sound stories which earned her an honoray mention in digital musics from the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz in 2007. She created a series of 20 listening hats for the Institut für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum in Graz in 2008. As a curator and programmer her interest lies in experimental and radical music created in the US and in Europe since the 1960’s. Recently she has been processing the archive of Dutch electronic music pioneer and conceptual artist Dick Raaijmakers (1930–2013) and created an online database for the archive at the Institute of Sonology.


Marije Baalman, Sand Songs (photo by Pieter Kers | Beeld.nu, september 2016)

Marije Baalman (NL) is an artist, researcher and developer working in the field of interactive sound art. She studied Applied Physics at the Technical University in Delft and graduated on the topic of Perceptual Acoustics, completed her Ph.D. on Wave Field Synthesis and electro-acoustic music at the Electronic Studio of the Technical University of Berlin and from 2007 to 2010 she was a post-doctoral researcher in Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. Between 2011 and 2016 she worked as a hardware engineer at STEIM in Amsterdam. Her current research goes into the use of wireless networks for live performance (such as dance and music), installations and interactive environments.

In her artistic work she is interested in the realtime components of the work, in that nothing is precomposed as such, but rather the (mostly, but not exclusively) sonic output depends on realtime interactions, be it of the performer, or of the audience. Thus composition becomes more the composing of behaviours and interaction modalities, creating processes, rather than fixed sound tracks. This is expressed with tools such as physical computing, livecoding, digital and analog sound processing, and improvisation. Since 2010 she works as a freelance artist and developer from Amsterdam.


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