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Sacrum Profanum Festiwal

October 2016 Monday


The Małopolska Garden of Arts


Glissando: Women in contemporary and electronic music

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In one of his columns, Andrzej Chłopecki noted that among the 1300 names listed, one can find only 156 women, which amounts to 12% of composers overall. At least that’s how the situation looked like for creators born in the 19th century and creating after 1918. The situation changed over the course of the next 30 years: out of 350 musicians 260 were men and 90 were women, which already amounted to 25% of the overall number of creators. The trend is promising for the supporters of equality, and mathematics don’t lie – all data shows that the role of a composer is slowly but systematically becoming more and more feminine. However, isn’t it true that many more women become creators of electronic music and appear on smaller avant-garde scenes than in the traditional role of a composer, writing monumental pieces for orchestra or operas, or a composer with a diploma from an academy of fine arts? Are we witnessing a paradoxical situation in which institutions holding great “power” are reluctant to keep up with the times and turn a deaf ear to the disparity of volume between the genres?

Speakers: Krzysztof Pietraszewski (curator of Sacrum Profanum), Anna Zaradny (sound artist, curator of Musica Genera), Maja S.K. Ratkje (Norwegian composer and vocalist)
Host: Iza Smelczyńska


The Małopolska Garden of Arts

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In this place, the cultural life of the Kraków’s young artistic set blossom under a shared roof. Modern ballet, contemporary theatre forms, audio and video arts, concerts, and all and any other artistic pursuits find their home here. The building of MGA introduced new spatial order to the old backyards and ruined buildings in Rajska and Szujskiego streets in Krakow. The starting point was a multifunctional hall, which was entered into the outline of the old, 19th-century horse-riding arena....