Founded in 2005 as an innovative conference with concerts, performances and DJ lines, over the years Elevate has developed to a festival that highlights the latest developments at the interfaces of science, art, media and civil society.
The idea for a large-scale festival for advanced contemporary culture and political discourse arose in the summer of 2004. The idea was to inspire thousands of visitors with a cutting-edge program and underline the city of Graz as a place for intercultural exchange of ideas, political thinking and common discovery to emphasize contemporary art.
Here you can find the discoursive and artistic highlights from the past 19 years:
Together with more than 10,000 visitors, the Elevate Festival from March 1 to 5, 2023, provided an opportunity to experience and celebrate contemporary festival culture over five days.
The unique combination of critical political discourse, a diverse and cross-genre music programme, as well as artistic works created an inspiring atmosphere that encouraged the search for common ground and even unlikely alliances. Particularly gratifying was the international influx from across Europe, with visitor numbers surpassing pre-pandemic levels.
The festival brought together activists, bestselling authors, experts, climate researchers, as well as musicians and artists from various fields from around the world. This gathering facilitated a fascinating, cross-genre, and hands-on exchange on this year's thematic motif, "(Unlikely) Alliances."
Expected highlights of the festival edition included performances by the author Sibylle Berg, the synthesizer virtuoso Caterina Barbieri, the philosophy star Slavoj Žižek, and the concert by Panda Bear & Sonic Boom.
In the discourse area, exciting and future-oriented discussions under the theme "(Unlikely) Alliances" highlighted intersections between different perspectives and disciplines.
In the art section, various facets of contemporary art were presented. Artistic works by Caterina Barbieri, Andreas Trobollowitsch, zweintopf, and many others were part of the programme.
Alina Lückl - Andreas Sator - Arya Zappa - Christian Metschina - Cornelia Daniel - Cory Doctorow - Daniel Landau - Carolin Bohn - Daniel Lohninger - Dieter Thyr - Eliška Pírková - Florian Maringer - Godswill Eyawo - Irina Nalis - Irina Karamarkovic - Jakob Winter - Johanna Pirker - Judith Kohlenberger - Julia Herrnböck - Jörg Scheller - Kairus - Katharina Zwins - Kenan Güngör - Knut Cordsen - Lena Schilling - Lisz Hirn - Michael Bossetta - Navaridas & Deutinger - Raimund Löw - Reni Hofmüller - Romualdo Ramos - Romy Grasgruber-Kerl - Sebastian Brauneis - Sibylle Berg - Slavoj Žižek - Stefan Auer - Sylke Gruhnwald
Music and Art
600-cell – Afrorack – Aïsha Devi – Alex Zhang Hungtai – Alllone – Alpha Tracks – Andrea Ida – Andreas Trobollowitsch – Apua – Attila – Ayesha – Bogdan Raczynski – Caterina Barbieri – Catu Diosis – Courtesy – DJ Bone – DJ Deadlift – DJ Diamond – Dorian Concept – Ehrenschwesta – Farr – Feta Chris b2b Rollo Royce – Inou Ki Endo – JakoJako – Julia Caballera – KairUs – Kate NV – Katharina Gruzei – Likely Alliance – Luise Höggerl – Milès Borghese b2b Paul Junk – mimu merz – Mun Sing – Naaljos Ljom – Neuzeitliche Bodenbeläge – Nilu – Ninos du Brasil – Olgica – Panda Bear & Sonic Boom – Pharmakon – Planetary Assault Systems (Luke Slater) – PLF – Polyxene b2b Puschmann – Pulp Kitchen b2b d:enigma – Rent – Reza – Rojin Sharafi – Rosa Rauschen (Selene 2.5, Kheodor Turner, fshstk, Jakobo) – Sofia Kourtesis – studio ASYNCHROME – Subletvis – Tents – Tezibel – The Gaslamp Killer – Vinz Schwarzbauer – WaqWaq Kingdom – Yegor Zabelov – zweintopf
After a postponement due to the pandemic, Elevate took place for the second time in the summer from 13 to 17 July 2022. The (inter)national audience enlivened the city with young, contemporary festival culture at 12 venues and more than 43 individual events. With more than 10,000 visitors, the festival was on a pleasingly high level. Compared to the previous year, there was a significant increase in the influx of visitors from abroad.
The musical highlights included the performance of performance icon Peaches at the Orpheum on Saturday, which spread euphoria across the generations, a wonderful Sunday matinée at the Orangery of the Burggarten in Graz and the performance of Ukrainian rapper Alyona Alyona at the Postgarage. The latter also signed the Golden Book of the City of Graz in the presence of the Graz city government.
The discourse area of the festival offered interesting discussions on various topics such as psychology and mental wealth, propaganda and disinformation in times of war and crisis as well as crypto, blockchain, NFTs and net politics in connection with the festival theme Transition.
The Elevate Arts section was characterised by very well-attended interventions and installations in the Mausoleum of the Cathedral Church, the Forum Stadtpark and the Orpheum Extra. The red flags of Digital Dictatorship by the artists Zara Alexandrova and Zoran Georgiev were widely received by the media and visible from afar in the cityscape; they were put up in the immediate vicinity of the Graz clock tower.
Alyona Alyona – Andreas Sator – Bernhard Steirer – Christoph Weiss – Daniel Görtz / Hanzi Freinacht – Daniel Lohninger – Daniela Ingruber – David Steinwender – Elisabeth Hufnagl – Geraldine de Bastion – Hannes Werthner – Hosea Ratschiller – Indy Johar – Irina Nalis – Jacob Sylvester Bilabel – Jakob Winter – Jakob-Moritz Eberl – Jana Lasser – Joja – Katharina Zwins – Leonhard Rabensteiner – Lyana Mytsko – Maja Göpel – Maximilian Hartmann – Natalie Brunner – Peaches – Tante – Theresa Imre – Thomas Lohninger
Music und Art
/DL/MS/ – AJA – Alisa Kobzar – Alyona Alyona – Anika – Anna Arkusyna – Anna Maly – Apua – Attila – Bill B. Wintermute – Blyskawica & Gasolina – Bobby Would – Carmen Villain – Catnapp – Chloé Robinson – Cid Rim – DJ Bus Replacement Service – DJ Durbin – DJ Jackhammer – DJ Stingray 313 – DJ Void – DJ Warzone – Edka Jarząb – FaUSt – Franjazzco – Gerriet K. Sharma –GiGi FM – GLOP II – Goldberg – Grrrls DJ Crew – Hosea Ratschiller – Isabella Forciniti – Jigsaw Beggars – Jillian – Joja – Julia Giertz – Kariyan – Kessel Vale – Kollektiv Sheesh – Lipelis – Maja Göpel – Mike Stellar – Milès Borghese – Nugi – Palms Trax – Peaches – R. Gravlinik – Schtum – Skee Mask – Sophia Kennedy – sowie – Stereoist – Stipo – Sucre Sucre – The Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Sunbathing Society – Utrumque – Veza Fernandez – Yushh – Zara Alexandrova & Zoran Georgiev – Zoë Mc Pherson – Zosia Hołubowska – ̶m̶̶u̶̶n̶̶ ̶̶s̶̶i̶̶n̶̶g̶
For the first time since its foundation in 2005, Elevate Festival was held in the summer. After two postponements, the first summer edition of Elevate Festival took place from August 04 - 08, 2021: More than 10,000 visitors danced, celebrated and discussed in the multi-layered program of art, contemporary music and political discourse. Over 75 artists and speakers enlivened the city with young, contemporary festival culture at 14 venues. By uniquely combining critical political discourse with a wide variety of musical genres and a dedicated arts program, this year's Elevate once again created a space for exchange and exposure to new and innovative content. The festival brought together human rights experts, climate researchers and activists from all over the world with musicians and artists from other disciplines and thus facilitated an exciting, cross-genre and practical dialogue on this year's programmatic motto "Momentum".
A special highlight in this very special year was offered by Elevate Extended: Elevate brought the Berlin duo Modeselektor, who have been shaping the electronic music scene since the early 2000s with their extravagant DJ sets and cross-genre productions, to the big stage at Schlossberg in Graz in an exclusive show on Aug. 28, 2021.
The 3D installation "77 Million Paintings" by this year's star guest Brian Eno could also be experienced until Aug. 28, 2021, as well as Eno's sound installation "Music for Elevators" in the Schlossberg lift, which could be experienced far beyond the festival.
Re-Imagine Europe, a European-wide art production and presentation project, brings together European art with science and political discourse in various European locations until 2021. Thanks to Elevate, Graz is one of the hotspots of this project.
Through the We Are Europe festival collaboration, Elevate Festival welcomed again partners in Graz: Sonar Festival from Barcelona, TodaysArt Festival from The Hague and Reworks Festival from Thessaloniki were visiting and co-curating some of the art programme and discourse sessions.
Philipp Blom - Ariadne von Schirach - Max Schrems - Ann Cotten - Renata Avila - Peter Schneider - Cinzia Sciuto - Dimitri Hegemann - Xenia Ermoshina - Paul Poet - Maryam Laura Moazedi - Thomas Edlinger - Sangeeta Isvaran - Wole Adegbule - Despina Natsi - Marcell Mars - Joana Moll - Alexandra-Anna Panic - Andrea Fioravanti - Pablo Elorduy - Martina Di Pirro - Juli Simond - Kyrill Hartog - Peter Rantasa - André Menrath - Martina Brunner - David Prieth - Emilia G. Morales - Antònia Folguera - Joja - Johnny Bliss - Daniel Erlacher
Music und Art
Ada Kobusiewicz - Anger - Anna von Hausswolff - Apua - Arp Animal Orchestra - Asfast - Attila - Awo Ojiji - Azu Tiwaline - Bill B. Wintermute - Bocksrucker & Heap - Br Laser - Brian Eno - Columbush - Culk - DJ Durbin - DJ Stefan Egger - DJ Void - Dr. Rubinstein - EMA - Goldberg - Grrrls DJ Crew - Inou Ki Endo - Ivan Marušic Klif - Jessica Ekomane - Jóhann Jóhannsson - Joja - Karolina Preuschl - Kevin Richard Martin - Klaus Masuda - KŒNIG - Land of Ooo - Last and First Men - Lorem - Lukas Lauermann - Maria W Horn - Mats Erlandsson - Mentalien - Minolta - Modeselektor - Monique Fessl - Monsterheart - Mouse on Mars - Nene H - Nevena Jeremic - Olgica - Patrick K. H. - Pedro Maia - Philipp Blom - Polyxene - Puschmann - Rdeca Raketa - Richie Herbst - Sowie - Sun People - Teki Latex - Uschi Ultra - Yair Elazar Glotman - Zanshin
From March 04 to March 08 2020, around 10,000 visitors discussed, danced and celebrated at more than 70 individual events in the multi-faceted programme of art, music and political discourse at the Elevate Festival 2020 in Graz. More than 100 artists and speakers enlivened the city with young, contemporary festival culture at more than 16 venues.
For five consecutive days, countless concerts, art actions and discussions took place in and around the Schlossberg in Graz. For years, people from all over the world have been coming together in the middle of Europe to exchange ideas, dance, marvel and make plans for future-oriented projects.
Through the unique combination of critical-political discourse with a wide variety of musical genres and its own arts programme, the Elevate Festival once again created a space to exchange and get to know new and innovative content. The festival brought together human rights experts, climate researchers and activists from all over the world with musicians and artists from other fields, thus enabling an exciting, cross-genre and practical dialogue on this year's programmatic motto "Human Nature".
The heart of the festival is still its versatile music programme, which presented modern music on 9 stages between progressive club sounds, exciting live concerts, rousing beats and electro-acoustic experiments. As usual, the music section of the Elevate Festival 2020 offered the opportunity to explore a wide range of electronic and related music. Besides international headliners and pioneers, national artists and newcomers also played a major role in the program. Meeting places for a cross-generational audience between electronic and popular music, disco and reflection, avatngarde and ecstasy were created.
"With our programme we show that curiosity, dialogue and openness are the best prerequisites for successful diversity, whether in music, art or society," says Roland Oreski, festival director responsible for the music sector.
The discourse programme of the festival, with more than 50 authors, scientists, activists and representatives from business, the media and civil society, dealt with burning socio-political issues, discussed and sounded out positions and strategies for positive change over five days at the festival conference, which has received international attention for years. From philosophy to biology, from physics to psychology, from artificial intelligence to the search for spiritual meaning, to mindfulness, activism and art: the discourse programme covered a broad spectrum, which manifested itself in a variety of content-related and artistic discussions on the festival theme "Human Nature".
"The Discourse Programme 2020 was able to reach a record number of visitors with its diverse programme - we were able to address a very diverse audience that actively participated in the discussions." Daniel Erlacher, Head of Discourse
In its 16th festival edition, the Elevate Arts programme focused on sound art and art in public space: media art and interdisciplinary projects at the interface of performance, theory and sound art set accents in public spaces in the city of Graz. The events in special locations did not only conduct basic research and deal with forward-looking issues in the fields of sound art and media art, but also build bridges between the undiscovered and the future.
"Particularly pleasing from our point of view was the strong visibility of the festival in public space, as well as the very large number of international visitors and professionals. With the installation by Jimi Tenor in the Schlossberglift in Graz, Elevate will for the first time remain visible and audible in Graz beyond the festival days". Bernhard Steirer, Managing Director Elevate
Through the We Are Europe festival collaboration, the Nuits Sonores / European Lab Festival from Lyon as well as the c/o pop Festival from Cologne, were visiting and co-curating some of the music acts and discourse sessions.
Adenike Oladosu - Elizabeth Wathuti - Douglas Rushkoff - Ankathie Koi - Gail Bradbrook - Norman Ohler - Ariadne von Schirach - Asi Rua - Shermin Voshmgir - Kathrin Henneberger - Harry Witchel - Daniel Pinchbeck - Nnimmo Bassey - Helga Kromp-Kolb - Ulrich Brand - Moon Ribas - Oswald Wiener - Jacob Sylvester Bilabel - Vincent Moon - Jascha Rohr - Xenia Ermoshina - Manuel Beltrán - Nayantara Ranganathan - Michel Bauwens - John Jordan - Simona Rakuša - Thomas Hamre - Adrian Freedman - Alba G. Corral - Griff Green - Jovanka von Wilsdorf - Irina Nalis - Roc Jiménez de Cisneros - Tamara Ehs - Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka - Thomas Zeinzinger - Fridays for Future Graz - Mahsa Ghafari - Lisa Blanning - Clumsy - Leo Kühberger - Leo Kudlicka - Franz Nahrada - Lea Susemichel - Daniela Oberndorfer - Markus Gönitzer - Frank Jödicke - Christine Hirtl - Carolina Subow - Sigrid Heistinger - Marlies Pratter - Katharina Müller - Jonas Pirerfellner - Alina Brad - Andreas Exner - Reni Hofmüller - David Steinwender - Brigitte Kratzwald - Thomas Waitz - Josef Obermoser - Daniel Erlacher
Music und Art
Meta Morelli - Tobec_Lumen - Roi Vaara - Attila - Luc Ferrari - Lucia Kagramanyan - Charlemagne Palestine - Goldberg - Sacha Mambo - Sherelle - Peter Stiegler - Booty Carrell - Dorian Concept & Zanshin - SRGJ - Katharina Klement - C.O.R.N! - Dalia Ahmed - Bookworms - Monophobe - François Bonnet - Peach - DJ Durbin - David Rodigan - John Chantler - Peter Kutin presents TORSO#1 - Ceephax Acid Crew - DJ Lag - Yuzu - Kelly Lee Owens - Jan Jelinek - Bambounou - Acousmonium - Fingers Of God - Jessy Lanza - Giant Swan - Jimi Tenor - Mia Dyberg - Grrrls DJ Crew - Mermaid & Seafruit - Adriana Celentana - Depart - Deafblind - 3Phaz - Conny Frischauf - Daniel Avery - Conny Plank - The Potential Of Noise - Michael Rother - Ouri - re:ni - Casual Gabberz - Alllone - Benedikt Alphart - Battle Cat - Gischt - Gilles Peterson - Moska - Therese Terror - Jean - Claude Risset - EVOL - KTL - Mieux - Mama Feelgood & Mr. Farmer - Via App - Lucy Railton - Okkyung Lee - Hatis Noit - Gudrun Gut - utrumque - The International Nothing - Other Worlds - BJ Nilsen - Michèle Bokanowski
For 5 days around 10,000 visitors discussed, danced and celebrated and transformed the city of Graz again into a hotspot for young, contemporary festival culture from 27 February to 3 March 2019. Through the unique combination of critical-political discourse with a great variety of musical genres and its own art programme, Elevate once again created a space for the exchange and getting to know new and innovative contents. The festival brought together human rights experts, climate researchers and activists from all over the world with musicians and artists from other genres, thus enabling an exciting, cross-genre and practical dialogue on this year's programmatic motto "Truth".
Music: Sold-out concert highlights, excellent attendance in the club area
The musical spectrum was characterized by soft, loud, unheard-of and never-before-heard tones and offered a successful diversity from different genres - the music program of the Elevate Festival 2019 was as varied as never before. Live concerts, audiovisual experiments, commissioned compositions and all kinds of electronic beats were the basic components on more than eight stages in and around Graz's Schlossberg; spaces for encounters between e- and underground music, disco and reflection, avant-garde and ecstasy were created.
Highlights were the sold-out concert highlights of Sunn O)) and DAF in the Orpheum, but also the club music program in the locations in the mountain enjoyed almost complete capacity utilization.
Discourse: Pamela Anderson, Sexy Activism and a well-attended Programme
One focus of the discourse programme was on activists who are committed to important socio-political issues in the spotlight of the public. The guest star of this year's festival was Pamela Anderson, an actress and model who has long been active as an animal rights activist. Other international guests at the festival were Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria, environmentalist and poet, winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize "Right Livelihood Award", and Srecko Horvat, Croatian philosopher and democracy activist at DiEM25.
The individual programme days with more than 30 individual events in the Forum Stadtpark and the Kunsthaus Graz were thematically broad in the various formats of discussion round, talk, workshop and documentary film. The festival's theme of truth was debated in the spectrum of media, journalism, technology and art, facts about right-wing extremism and terrorism were questioned, and topics such as migration and the climate crisis were also discussed.
Art at the Festival - Visible from the Clock Tower to the Public Space
In 2019, the art section of the Elevate Festival featured the "Creative Europe Culture" project Re-Imagine Europe as well as a newly strengthened partnership with the Institute for Art in Public Space at the Universalmuseum Joanneum. For the 15th anniversary edition, two interdisciplinary art productions in public space could be realized: "Liquid Truth" by the Berlin interaction studio schnellebuntebilder in collaboration with the design duo Knoth & Renner and Elevate Arts curator Berit Gilma, and the multi-day art action "playy.club" by the interdisciplinary art collective kleft. In addition, there was a festival residency of its own, designed by British artist Jeremy Carne, which could be seen in the Schlossbergstollen for the duration of the festival.
Re-Imagine Europe, a European-wide art production and presentation project, brings together European art with science and political discourse in various European locations until 2021. Thanks to Elevate, Graz is one of the hotspots of this project.
Through the We Are Europe festival collaboration, the Unsound Festival from Krakov, Poland as well as the Insomnia Festival from Tromsö, Norway, were visiting and co-curating some of the music acts and discourse sessions.
Pamela Anderson - Nnimmo Bassey - Srecko Horvat - Anuška Delić - Laura Wiesböck - Mathias Bröckers - Paul Poet - Katharina Nocun - Anneliese Rohrer - Thomas Moser - Erich Moechel - Julia Herrnböck - Karmen Frankl - Klaus Unterberger - Gaby Weber - Andreas Peham - Florian Skrabal - Roxana Baldrich - Peter Strasser - Judith Denkmayr - Jan Skudlarek - Claudia Garád - Eva Fischer - Alba G. Corral - Deena Abdelwahed - by Camilla Blake - Stine Janvin - Bendik Giske - Sarah Ginn - Lee Gamble - Marek Jozefiak - Jean-Frédéric Berthelot - Doro Blancke - Amanda Machin - Mathis Hampel - Mira Kapfinger - Xenia Ermoshina - Ingrid Skjoldvær - Siegfried Beer - Gottfried Kirchengast - Alexander Unzicker - Wolfgang Bogensberger - Jan Molácek - Thomas Lohninger - Barbara Wimmer - Julia Schafferhofer - Peter Pilz - Fridays for Future Graz - Gregor Ladenhauf - Clara Ginther - Thomas Zeinzinger - Cornelia Böhnisch - Lisa Blanning - Marko Dinic - InterACT - Thomas Waitz - Berit Gilma - Stefan Schartlmüller - Brigitte Kratzwald - Josef Obermoser - Daniel Erlacher - Bernhard Steirer - C.O.R.N. - IKO
Music und Art
Jayda G - DAF - Kelly Moran - Christian Hedel - Peter Broderick - Paula Temple - Sunn O))) - Kode9 - Michael Mayer - Keith Fullerton Whitman - jakob gsoellpointner - Dorian Concept - Miss Red - Bjarki - Okzharp & Manthe Ribane - Robin Fox - peter gannushkin - Lotte Anker - Zenker Brothers - Traxman - Sarah Liisborg - Astrid Sonne - kucuk - The Striggles - georg gatsas - Ikonika - rRoxymore - Deena Abdelwahed - sarah ginn - Scratchclart - Lady Lykez - Puce Mary - Nazar - Kassel Jaeger - by Camilla Blake - Stine Janvin - Vladimir Ivkovic - Lady Lynch - Slikback - December - Shannen SP - Mopcut - Bendik Giske - Sarah Ginn - Lee Gamble - Koji Morimoto - Konx-om-Pax - Kajkyt - stefan lozar - Stroblazilla - Ewa Justka - dirk skiba - Kinga Tóth - jakob isselstein - Maja Osojnik - geopho - Eva Ursprung - hanna fasching - Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka - Catta - Seppo Gründler - karin petrowitsch - Harald Hofmeister - lena prehal - Michael Eisl - erich nauschnig - Yvonne Hofmeister - Marie Stoiser/Feschmarkt - Citizens - Polyxene - Teonas Borsetto - Sun People - anatol bogendorfer - Richie Herbst - Georg Wissa - Attila & Goldberg - eva maria gugg - Michael Laab - Inou Ki Endo - manfred werner - Patrick Wurzwallner - rect_0011 - ZØTSCH - Game Over - reset.discover - Johanna Lamprecht - I'm in Love with - Kollektiv - Moska - Grrrls DJ Crew - C.O.R.N.
Knoth & Renner - daniela jakob - Manhartsberger & Miltiadis - Stahl & Wolff - Jakob Glasner - schnellebuntebilder - lucija novak - Christof Ressi - Jeremy Carne - Berit Gilma
For 5 days around 9,000 visitors debated, danced and celebrated at the most extensive and most international Elevate Festival to date. The 14th edition took place from 28th of February to 4th of March in more than 9 locations. It brought many new features in addition to proven formats. "In this year's development of the festival program, we included three new stages and a significant strengthening of formats of fine art - the risk was worth it," says Bernhard Steirer, CEO of the festival. Already several weeks before the festival a good part of the presale tickets was sold out. The combination of media art, avant-garde, pop culture and political discourse attracted as many visitors as never before. The art program Elevate Arts, which will establish itself as the third pillar of the festival in the long term via the new Creative Europe Culture program "Re-Imagine Europe", has for the first time gained a distinctive profile sharpening with its own artist-in-residence for media art as well as several commissioned works. The new music stages - including a daytime stage with one of the festival headliners DJ Koze, the Mausoleum for Modern Classic and the Orpheum for AV-live-shows at the interface of sound- and video art - reinforced the basic intention of bringing various forms of contemporary music into resonance. The bandwidth was considerable: on Saturdays, 24 music formations played at five venues, on Friday 18. From chamber music ensemble to light-flooded sound structures, wild free jazz and colorful collages of various genres from hip-hop, house, techno and noise – the concept of building bridges between E and U, disco and reflection, avant-garde and ecstasy was fully developed. "With our program we show that curiosity, dialogue and openness are the best prerequisites for successful diversity, whether in music, in art or in society," says Roland Oreski, festival director for the music sector.
Discourse Program 2018: A lot of inspiration despite gloomy analyzes
With strong statements, clear analysis of global issues and many inspiring guests, the extensive program of discussion panels, workshops, talks and documentary films awaited the audience. The topic in 2018 was the tension between the terms risk and courage. "The discourse program was our most international so far this year. Focusing on whistleblowers, indigenous activists, journalism under pressure and democracy at risk once again motivated us to include even more perspectives from different regions of the world”, says Daniel Erlacher, coordinator of the Discourse Program. Already the opening on Wednesday brought together many strong comments on global issues - from the potential "end of human politics" by digitization processes (J. Assange) to the connection of investigative journalism and whistleblowers to the democratization at risk much was addressed in the following four festival days in more than 30 individual events. The reflection frame also expanded this time by a large number of external program designers. Moderators and co-curators from different countries, cooperations with festivals - in particular from the Netherlands and Greece within the framework of the We Are Europe cooperative in 2018 - brought new perspectives, perspectives and solutions to the wallet.
Art at the festival
In 2018, Elevate Arts experienced a strongly perceptible contouring. Media art works were shown in four locations, including the ESC medien kunst labor and the Schlossbergstollen. Andy King's digitally distorted portrait series of whistleblowers, for example, was commissioned as part of a new Elevate Artist-In-Residence. Adam Harvey's analysis of the social effects of networked data analysis technologies was also produced for the festival under the title "Machine Learning City".
Through the We Are Europe festival collaboration, the Reworks Festival from Thessaloniki, Greece as well as the TodaysArt Festival from The Hague, Netherlands, were visiting and co-curating some of the music acts and discourse sessions.
Julian Assange - Tara Houska - Sarah Harrison - Thomas Drake - Jesselyn Radack - Renata Avila - Nusrat Durrani - Diani Barreto - Heather Wokusch - Raul Zelik - Cian Westmoreland - Kate Brooks - Matthew Hoh - Lisa Ling - Martin Balluch - Bastian Obermayer - Angela Richter - Andromachi Papaioannou - Peter Harris - Manuel Beltrán - John Goetz - Voina Group - Fernanda Shirakawa - Mahsa Ghafari - Vasilis Tsartsanis - Janna Aljets - Natalia Kaliada - Clara López Rubi - Amandine Le Pape - Juan Pancorbo - Simone Rowat - Holger Krekel - Romana Ull - Xenia Ermoshina - Maxime Faget - Tamara Ehs - Gaby Weber - Thomas Zeinzinger - Julia Herrnböck - Thomas Waitz - Margarita Osipian - Andrea Kretschmann - Argyro Barata - uvm.
Music und Art
DJ Koze, Ben Frost w/ MFO, Nosaj Thing, John Maus, Steffi, Kamaal Williams, Roman Flügel, Nurse With Wound, Jackmaster, DJ Deeon, Objekt, Peter Broderick, Sofie, Errorsmith, Mike Servito, Nídia, Mick Harris/Fret, Iglooghost, Willow, Greg Fox, Umfang, DJ Taye, Marco Passarani, Cakes Da Killa, Colleen, Caterina Barbieri, Ana Threat, Schallfeld Ensemble w/ Onoxo, Mia Zabelka, Tina Frank, , Stereoist, Wandl, Ison, feelipa, Spencer, schtum, Awo Ojiji and many more..
Sporting its brand new festival date, Elevate has paved the way into a new world. The Elevate 2017 Music and Arts lineup connected the tried and true, the unexplored and the forthcoming.
For the first time since its inception in 2005, Elevate inaugurated its first-ever spring edition. While a new authority of tyrants continues their shameless hate mongering and the introduction of alternative facts makes it that much harder to implement real alternatives, while multitudes of computers attempt to measure humankind as whole until all life can be managed as a tiny little pixel within a gigantic data cloud, we choose to remind ourselves of spring. Because now, at the intersection of contemporary art and clubbing, where counterculture meets hedonism and live shows and DJs make the daily struggle for a better world that much more bearable, the sun will shine just a little bit longer. Elevate migrated to spring and the season couldn’t be any more fitting. The days got warmer, the music louder and hearts more open. With this in mind, the 2017 edition of Elevate symbolised departure, change and new beginnings. A break in tradition and a seamless transition. From disturbing noise to harmony, from activism to a beat, from the underground to knocking on the doors of the mainstream and above all: from the freedom of an individual to a globally interconnected totality.
Big Data, Quantification and Algorithms
Through the We Are Europe festival collaboration, the Sónar Festival from Barcelona as well as the Insomnia Festival from Tromsø, Norway, were visiting and co-curating some of the music acts and discourse sessions.
Evgeny Morozov (BY), Julia Reda (DE), Constanze Kurz (DE), James Bridle (UK), Renata Avila (GT), Francesca Bria (ES), Max Schrems (AT), Adam Harvey (US), Frederike Kaltheuner (DE), Cian Westmoreland (US), Marek Tuszynski (PL), Aslak Holmberg (FI), Duncan McLaren (UK), Ingrid Brodnig (AT), Lars Holdhus (NO), Konrad Becker (AT), Mireille Hildebrandt (BE), Felix Stalder (CH), Katja Mayer (AT), Peter Harris (US), Inge Fiala (AT), Manuel Beltrán (ES), Irina Nalis (AT), Friedrich Moser (AT), José Luis de Vicente (ES), Ksenia Ermoshina (RU), Nafeez Ahmed (UK), Dean Puckett (UK), Claudia Garád (AT), Stefan Selke (DE), Markus Pernthaler (AT), Joachim Lohkamp (DE), Anna Resch (AT), Rainer Rosegger (AT), Claudia Wagner (AT), eSeL (AT), Barbara Wimmer (AT), Markus Sabadello (AT), Margarethe Makovec (AT), Heidrun Primas (AT), Dirck Möllmann (AT), Stefan Kasberger (AT), David Steinwender (AT), Michael Maier (AT), Berit Gilma (AT), Christian Winkler (AT)
Music & Art
A Made Up Sound, Alba G. Corral, Alllone, Ancient Methods, Attila, Clara Moto, Conor Thomas, D.J. Detweiler, Dan Lodig, Eclair Fifi, FIS, Franjazzco, Hedonismus Hacienda, Hungtai / Maranha / Ferrandini, India Jordan, Inou Ki Endo, Jenny Hval, Jon Hopkins DJ Set, Juan Atkins, Juju Love Records, Jung An Tagen, KNOWER, Kutin/Kindlinger, Logos, Lolina, Lorenzo Senni, Loxy, Markus Sommer, Memet Acuma, Mumdance, Natascha Gangl & Rdeča Raketa, Oberön, Opcion, Oravin, Other Worlds, Paranoid London, PSSPSSHOKAYHOKAY, Pulsinger & Irl, Radian, Rer Repeter, Rollo Royce, SEDVS, Shackleton, Sixtus Preiss & Band, Slack Hippy, SØS Gunver Ryberg, SRGJ, Stephen O'Malley, Susanna Gartmayer, TCF, Tropic Of Cancer, Zanshin, zøtsch, ZSAMM
Together with exciting speakers, the Elevate Festival shed light on some of the latest social, political and technological developments and presented inspiring projects and initiatives. As a part of the festival-cooperation We Are Europe, the program focused on the far-reaching transformations currently taking place in Europe.
Which alternatives to the EU´s border-, asylum- and economic policy exist or could be developed? How can the rise of the extreme right be confronted? What can political activism achieve - e.g. in the fields of internet policy, media and socio-ecological transformation? We search for answers and present new ideas for a profound democratization of Europe.
How do new technologies such as Blockchain influence the opportunities for the distribution of artistic creations? Can there be Fair Trade Music? Artists as entrepreneurs, or an unconditional basic income for all? Which role did artists play during Arab Spring and thereafter? These questions will be debated together with our partner-festivals c/o Pop from Cologne, European Lab from Lyon and Resonate from Belgrade.
Sarah Harrison (UK) Saul Williams (US) Srecko Horvath (HR) Hind Meddeb (FR) Birgit Mahnkopf (DE) Michel Reimon (AT) Adrienne Goehler (DE) Hind Touissate (FR) Farid Eslam (DE) Andreas Peham (AT) Naomi Colvin (UK) Rosa Menkman (NL) Ingrid Brodnig (AT) Katharina Nocun (DE) Friedrich Moser (AT) Sandra Passaro (DE) Dimitar Dimitrov (BG) Carly Sheridan (CA) Fabrice Starzinskas (FR) Nora O' Murchú (IR) Peter Harris (US) Ksenia Ermoshina (RU) Joseph Paris (FR) Nora Hofstetter (DE) Aadel Essaadani (MA) Thomas Burkhalter (CH) Tamara Ehs (AT) Hanna Herbst (AT) Arnaud Contreras (FR) Pia Lamberty (DE) Bianca Ludewig (DE) Thomas Lohninger (AT) Katja Mayer (AT) Meryl Laurent (FR) Ralph H. Christoph (DE) Ana De Almeida (PT) Manuel Grebenjak (AT) Hannah Knust (AT) Claudia Garad (AT) Hans Christian Voigt (AT) Michael Wrentschur (AT) InterAct (AT) Veit Winkler (AT)
Music & Art
Anna von Hausswolff (SE) Antonia (AT) Asfast (AT) Attila (AT) Barnt (DE) Cid Rim (AT) Clap! Clap! (IT) DJ Earl w/ footwork dancers Sirr Tmo & Dre (US) DJ Marcelle (NL) DJ PayPal (US) Dr. One (AT) DVS1 (US) Elisabeth Schimana “Höllenmaschine” w/ Manon Liu Winter, Gregor Ladenhauf (AT) Fauna (AT) Franjazzco (AT) FunkinEven (UK) Heap (AT) In Aeternam Vale (FR) Jan Nemeček (RS) JK Flesh (UK) Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (US) Koenig (AT) Kompost 3 (AT) Lena Willikens (DE) Lone (UK) Luke Vibert (UK) Mount Kimbie (UK) P.o.S. (RS) Rebolledo (MX) Regis (RS) Saul Williams (US) Swans (US) Weval (NL) Zombie Zombie (FR) Madteo (IT), Tornquist (AT), Puschmann (AT), Moogle (AT) Awo Ojiji (AT) Apua (AT) Goldberg (AT) Neubaukind (AT) Friendlygalaxy (AT) Max Brand Synthesiser workshop (AT) handmitauge (AT)
Creative Response is not just the impulse that makes an artist create art, it is also alive within all of us, throughout history, embedded with compassion, our greatest human talent. It is the embrace of emotions and passions, bound together with thoughts and ideas, which operate in the free space between public and private, permitted and prohibited. Creative Response is about embracing the imagination to see us connected as one people, which allows us to make everything possible.
The Elevate Festival aims to inspire people and engages in community-building for the growing social movements of our time. The program focuses on new forms of democracy, creative artistic support for migrants, convivial technology, ground-breaking innovations in agriculture and cutting-edge climate justice activism.
Collectively generated creativity, solidarity and courage are the quintessence of Creative Response. Elevate invited the audience to get active and to participate with the festival´s speakers and artists.
Vandana Shiva (IN) The Yes Men (US) Andrea Vetter (DE) Jacob Appelbaum (US) Antonino d‘Ambrosio (US) Larisa Mann aka DJ Ripley (US) !Mediengruppe Bitnik (CH) Charles Kriel (UK) Marek Tuszynski (PL) Tadzio Müller (DE) Addie Wagenknecht (AT/US) Ulli & Scott Klein (AT/US) Farmhack (US) Haus Bartleby (DE) Chiara Badiali (UK) Daniela Gottschlich (DE) Essbare Gemeinde Andernach (DE) Christian Payne (UK) Sophie Magon (FR) Fabian Scheidler (DE) Magdalena Heuwieser (AT) Gabi Sobliye (UK) Fieke Jansen (NL) Bruno Tozzini (BR) Tamara Ehs (AT) Florian Sturm (AT) Jacqueline Cramer (US) Tamara Mona Ussner (AT) Ksenia Ermoshina (RU) HERBERT (UK) Kalyanee Mam (US) Elisabeth Mayerhofer (AT) Alicia Bastos (BR) David Steinwender (AT) Reni Hofmüller (AT) Grandhotel Cosmopolis (DE) Margarethe Makovec (AT) Darvishi Darvish (AF) Nayari Castillo (AT) John Jordan (US) Cryptoparty Graz (AT) InterACT (AT) Irina Nalis (AT) Christian Wabl (AT) Klaus Unterberger (AT) Dorn Cox (US) Su Albrecht (AT) Alice Bows-Larkin (US) Nikolas Kichler (AT) Paul Adrian Schulz (AT) Christof Mackinger (AT) Barbara Vogt (AT)
Music & Art
Herbert (UK) Osunlade (US) Demdike Stare (UK) DJ Funk (US) Suuns & Jerusalem In My Heart (CA) Bok Bok (UK) Sigha (UK) Jimi Tenor (FI) Dorian Concept ft. Cid Rim & The Clonious (AT) Steve Hauschildt (US) Paradox (UK) The Black Madonna (US) Bulbul (AT) Helm (UK) MikeQ (US) John Heckle (UK) Chra (AT) RP Boo (US) Heatsick (UK) Etienne Jaumet (FR) Venus X (US) Suzanne Kraft (US) Prostitutes (US) HHY & The Macumbas (PT) Philipp Quehenberger (AT) Rhythmic Theory (UK) Ventil (AT) Tara Transitory aka One Man Nation (SG) Low Jack (FR) Fontarrian & Jupiter Live (AT) DJ Ripley (US) Eartheater (US) Moony Me (AT) Solo Premium (AT) Pure (AT) Ash My Love (AT) SEDVS (AT) Fam. Geschrey (AT) A:lex & Florian Scheibein (AT) Hedonismus Hacienda (AT) Simon/off (AT) other worlds (AT) Bitz & Bogdo (AT) Liik (HR) RiHi DJ Heroines of the Universe (AT) Inou Ki Endo (AT) Adriana Celentana & Columbush (AT)
hoergeREDE 15 :: Elevate Partnerfestival for Sound || Art || and New Poetry
Andrea Gunnlaugsdottir (IS) Eyal Bromberg (IL) Steven Warwick (UK) Max Czollek (DE) Rick Reuther (DE) Ricke Scheffler (DE) Oravin (AT/FI) + many more
Danceable club music, experimental sound art and world improvement - since 2005 the city of Graz is home to a festival that is one of a kind within Europe.
Over several days human rights activists, climatologists, technology and media specialists, and political scientists as well as pioneers of electronic music, small DIY labels and avant-garde musicians of various subgenres occupied the tranquil town on the river Mur. Lectures, panel discussions, film screenings and workshops during the day, award ceremonies, concerts, performances, and DJ line-ups in the evening – with this concept the Elevate Festival became one of the most influential forerunners for intelligent participation in the context of advanced club culture.
Discourse and Activism: Elevate #10
Amy Goodman (US), John Holloway (MX), Deanna Rodger (UK), Pat Mooney (CA), Micah Lee (US), Shoshana Zuboff (US), Silke Helfrich (DE), Nafeez Ahmed (UK), Ulrich Brand (DE), Erich Moechel (AT), Irmi Salzer (AT), Michel Bauwens (BE), Miriam Rasch (NL), Felix Stalder (CH), Antonino D'Ambrosio (US), Friederike Habermann (DE), Susanne Jordan (DE), Tsvetan Usunov (BG), Ulli Klein (AT), Markus Sabadello (AT), Jan Suhr (DE), Claudia Garád (AT), Regina Joschika (AT) u.v.m.
+ Video Message: Vandana Shiva (IN)
Music and Art
Emptyset (UK) AUX 88 (US) Vessel (UK) Source Direct (UK) Rhys Chatham (US) Fracture (UK) Shit And Shine (US) Noveller (US) Broken.Heart.Collector (AT) Homeboy (HR) Fuckhead (AT) Rebekah Aff (DE) 3 RAR (AU) Mentalien (HU) Mimu + Lukas Lauermann (AT) DJ Scotch Bonnet (JP) IZC (AT) Jerobeam Fenderson (AT) Cascao & Lady Maru (IT) OchoReSotto (AT) [[[Altar:Thron]]] (AT) Forever Traxx (AT) Macello Basstrojani (AT) The Striggles (AT) Nino Sebelic & TJ Hicks (AT) orjo (AT) Bitz & Puschmann (AT) doze (AT) Interpenetration DJ Team (AT)
hoergeREDE: Anna Kim (KR/AT) bagg*fish (AT/IT/US) Burkhard Stangl (AT) Christof Kurzmann (AT) Jörg Piringer (AT) Jurczok 1001 (CH) Pia Palme (AT) Raoul Schrott (AT) Roberta Busechian (IT) Ursula Rucker (US)
Discourse and documentary film
ELEVATE OPEN EVERYTHING?
'Offshore Leaks' exposed secret tax-haven account details, WikiLeaks was responsible for the release of politically explosive documents, while Edward Snowden uncovered intelligence agencies and private businesses that were spying on innocent citizens. These are all vivid examples of the ambivalence of new technologies. On the one hand, they can ensure transparency of financial flows and power relations, facilitating new forms of democracy; on the other hand, they can be used for total surveillance which would put an end to the human right to privacy. This ambivalence also applies to Open Hardware blueprints, Open Materials and 3D printing for the production of material goods. With the help of these applications machines of all kinds can be self-built at low cost; not only products that are beneficial to society, but also weapons. "Open" is therefore not necessarily good.
At the Elevate Festival 2013 the risks and potential of this new "Openness" were discussed extensively.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir (IS), Jacob Appelbaum (US), Robert David Steele (US), Anne Roth (DE), Volker Ralf Grassmuck (DE), Marion Walton (ZA), Nadim Kobeissi (CA), Alicia Gibb (US), Sam Muirhead (NZ), Catarina Mota (US), Katrín Oddsdóttir (IS), Griffin Boyce (US), Johannes Grenzfurthner (AT), Ksenia Ermoshina (RU), Stefan Meretz (DE), Tom Scott (UK), Gregor Kaiser (DE), Andreas Krisch (AT), Linnea Riensberg (DE), Michael Bauer (AT), Ulli Klein (AT), Sonja Bettel (AT), Thomas Lohninger (AT), Claudia Garád (AT), Herr Hermes (AT), …..
MUSIC & ARTS
Against the backdrop of this year’s “Open Everything?” motto which will deal with the highly topical group of themes revolving around transparent society, surveillance, open democracy and open society, the music and arts segment of the festival was posing the question of strategies, approaches and positions in an ever-expanding sea of opportunity. The ongoing discourse in the world of electronic music and advanced pop music is to be accurately portrayed; free from prefabricated propositions and one-dimensional programme concepts. The common ground that all performing artists share is the unconditional and declared intention to immerse themselves in unconventional languages and expressions far removed from the mainstream, to take artistic risks and to dig deep instead of scratching the surface of things already in existence.
Ann Cotten (US|AT) Bibio (UK) Blood Music (UK) Blue Willa (IT) bulbul (AT) Cid Rim (AT) Clement Meyer & Tomas More (FR) clipping. (US) Cut Hands (US) Daedelus (US) Dat Politics (FR) Delroy Edwards (US) Didi Kern / Philipp Quehenberger (AT) Die Hand (AT) dieb13 (AT) DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess (NL) Dorian Concept (AT) Electric Indigo (AT) Émotional (FR) Fabian Faltin (AT) FALKNER (AT) Felix Kubin & James Pants (DE|US) Gassnhauer (AT) Hand mit Auge (AT) Heifetz (AT) Hella Comet(AT) Interpenetration DJ Team (AT) Jameszoo (NL) Jay Smoo (AT) Jon Hopkins(UK) Jupiter Live (AT) KAJKYT(BA) kon.txt (AT) Konsul Gnadenwalze (AT) Lil Louis (US) luX (AT) Macello Basstrojani (AT) Magic Mountain High (DE|IL) Majestic Mood (AT) Marko Dinic (AT) Masha Dabelka (AT) Mimu (AT) Moony Me (DE) Ninos du Brasil (IT) OchoReSotto (AT) Ogris Debris (AT) Olga Flor (AT) Opcion (AT) orjo (AT) Peverelist (UK) Pharmakon (US) Phil Minton (UK) Powell (UK) RDMH (AT) Re-lay & 19 Hertz (AT) Rer Repeter (AT) Ritornell (AT) Robert Prosser (AT) Ron Morelli (US) SEAD Academy Members (IS|IL) Simon/off (AT) Special Request / Paul Woolford (UK) SRGJ (DE) Stellar OM Source (FR) T.W.a.t.E.o.T. (AT) ThE CLoniOUs (AT) The Haxan Cloak (UK) The New Tower Generation (AT) Tumido (AT) Vakula (UA) Wolfwetz (AT) Wrekmeister Harmonies (US) – withAlex Hacke (DE) & Chris Brokaw (US) Xosar (NL)
2012 - The Apocalypse was placed as the central theme of the Elevate Festival in the form of a question: Are we going to achieve the much-needed shift towards solidarity-based economies and lifestyles that respect inherent ecological limits? Or will major disasters be necessary to bring about fundamental changes?
"Doomsday 2012" has been a reoccurring theme in the media for several years now - not least due to various predictions allegedly derived from Mayan traditions. The Winter Solstice on 21 December 2012 is incorrectly referred to as the end of the Mayan calendar, and used as an opportunity to spread dubious disaster scenarios - triggered by an abrupt geomagnetic reversal or by the sudden appearance of a "Planet X".
Beyond this, however, lie a whole lot of actual threats: unless a fundamentally different course is struck, the current economic crisis will continue to worsen, and the apparent de-democratization in the Western world will proceed. If we fail to keep climate change in check to a certain extent, significant parts of this planet may become uninhabitable for humans even within this century. And not to forget: the nuclear threat still persists even within Austria, especially by outdated nuclear reactors near the border, although it hardly crosses our mind these days. For an increasing number of people, however, especially in the global south, the major catastrophe has already ceased to be a future threat, and become everyday life: The rise of hunger, poverty and misery is the result of a global economic system that demands continual economic growth and therefore drives an ever-increasing resource consumption which leads to the destruction of vital ecosystems and arable soils.
As part of the three theme days "Understand!", "Act!" and "Develop!", the discourse program offers analyses of the latest developments by renowned experts (Understand!), presents forward-thinking alternatives that invite to become active (Act!), and tries, in cooperation with the audience, to further develop important pillars of our society (Develop!).
Concrete examples of alternative practices in the areas of food, energy and construction / housing will be presented, as well as strategies and concepts for a comprehensive democratization of societies, new forms of communication and solidarity-based models of economic activity - beyond exploitation, competition and profit.
A dialogue forum, organized in cooperation with the Austrian Broadcasting Association (ORF), deals with various approaches to the theme of the festival and examines psychological aspects and the role of the media. At the concluding Elevate Awards Show, awards are given out for the first time, to individuals and initiatives that are helping to make this world a better place.
The winner of the International Elevate Award was the woman-grassroots initiative REFDAF from Senegal. Susanne Posegga won the Elevate Artivism Award and the Hofkollektiv Wieserhoisl won the Elevate Award Steiermark.
Speakers and participants:
Sarah Kumnig (AT) Briar March (NZ) Christian Payne (UK) Clemens Haipl (AT) Cynthia McKinney (US) Daniel Reichert (DE) David Salomon (DE) Elisabeth Voß (DE) Ernst Preininger & Angela Hirmann (AT) Frank Deppe (DE) Franziskus Forster (AT) Hannes Püschel (DE) Herr Hermes (AT) Ina Zwerger (AT) Irmi Salzer (AT) Jacob Appelbaum (US) Judith Schossböck (AT) Kathrin Röggla (DE) Kurt Langbein (AT) Luise Tremel (DE) Mark Stevenson (UK) Markus Sabadello (AT) Matthias Schmelzer (DE) Mietshäuser Syndikat (DE) Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed (UK) Noam Chomsky (US) Occupy Wall Street (US) Paul Adrian Schulz (AT) Paul Friedrich (AT) Polly Higgins (UK) Rafael SMP (ES) Sascha Vanicek (AT) Stefan Rahmstorf (DE) Ulli Klein & Karin Schuster (AT) Ursula Tischner (DE) Vandana Shiva (IN) Wolfgang Kromp (AT)
Moodymann (US) The Bug feat. Daddy Freddy & Miss Red (UK) Mosca (UK) A Made Up Sound / 2562 (NL) Ras G (US) Redshape (DE) DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn (US) Skudge (SE) French Fries (FR) disrupt feat. Solo Banton (DE) Sensational feat. KOYXEи + DJ Scotch Bonnet (US) LE1F (US) Andrés (US) Roly Porter (UK) Sixtus Preiss (AT) Letherette (UK) UMA (AT) Pional (ES) Hot City (UK) Project MOE II (HR) Radikal Satan (FR) Dead Fader (UK) DEVILMAN feat. Paul PM (JP) Kakawaka (DE) Burek DJs (HR) C_C (FR) fšk & linx (SI) A(ffine)-Team (AT) willFling & Kido Soon (AT) Koenig Leopold (AT) Barbi Marković (RS) Bodo Hell (AT) Burkhard Stangl (AT) Christian Steinbacher (AT) Christine Schörkhuber (AT) Ensemble EIS (AT) / Christoph Herndler (AT) Kathrin Röggla (AT) OchoReSotto (AT) Polwechsel (AT) Ritornell (AT) Robert Menasse (AT) Veronika Mayer (AT) Runes (AT) Slack Hippy (AT) Black Manna (AT) Lois Lane (IT) Wattican Punk Ballet (AM) M.A.R.S. (AT) Franjazzco (AT) antiehdas (AT) DJ Die Soon (JP) DJ Dizzy (AT) Fauna (AT) feelipa (HR) Florian Puschmann (AT) Citizens (AT) iBootz (AT) Macello Basstrojani (AT) Tornquist (AT) Melodien für Millionen (AT) Re-lay (AT) Cheever (AT) Gassnhauer (AT) Mike Fidel & finna (AT) Bert Bricht (AT) Phil Madeiski (AT) Interpenetration DJ Team (AT)
Under the motto „Elevate the 21st Century“, the development of past years and perspectives for the future were discussed. Although there was a huge progress in technical issues, a positive change of society has to come from human beings.
In addition to the Festival Opening, Sunday was certainly one of the festival’s highlights. The documentary film “The Crisis of Civilization” and the main discussion in the evening brought different perspectives of experts together. National and international guests like Mark Stevenson, Corinna Milborn and James Vasile shared their ideas and seeded a lot of motivation with the audience.
This year, the music-program again presented a mixture of electronic music, far away of mainstream. In discussions on Saturday and Sunday, artists took a look at the future of bass- and electronic-music. Workshops also offered the opportunity to improve the personal knowledge about music practically.
The literature-program was held in cooperation with the Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten again as hörgeREDE – the festival inside the festival.
The Elevate Festival has been known internationally for many years. This time a Bavarian Broadcast–team came to the Styrian capital to report live on the festival and the city. In addition, cooperation with national Media was supported – Radio Helsinki and okto.tv put some of the discourse events live on air. FM4 and the Kleine Zeitung reported on the festival constantly.
By using the technology of the 21st century, it was also possible to see the discourse program online. Some hundred viewers were counted on the Live-Stream of the Festival’s mediachannel. Data transmission was supported by the new cooperation partner Citycom, which also enabled free WLAN-access at the Forum Stadtpark and the Dom im Berg.
Speakers and participants:
Andrea Bührmann (DE) Andrea Kretschmann (DE) Angela Köppl (AT) Bernd Röttger (DE) Carolin Wiedemann (DE) Christian Holter (AT) Christian Payne (UK) Christian Pointner (AT) Christian Siefkes (DE) Corinna Milborn (AT) Dean Puckett (UK) Erich Moechel (AT) Ernst Schriefl (AT) James Vasile (US) Jens Schanze (DE) Johan Galtung (NO) Johanna Muckenhuber (AT) Juan Manuel Biaiñ (AR) Karen Kastenhofer (AT) Kumi Naidoo (ZA) Margarethe Holzer (AT) Mark Stevenson (UK) Marlies Ortner (AT) Max Schrems (AT) Michael Bauer (AT) Mona Bricke (DE) Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed (UK) Niels Boeing (DE) Ondi Timoner (US) Pat Mooney (CA) Rainer Rosegger (AT) Richard Heinberg (US) Robert Stachel (AT) Sharif Abdel Kouddous (US) Teresa Distelberger (AT) Theresa Schütz (AT) Tim Stüttgen (DE) Urban Liberation Front (AT) Vina Yun (AT) Volker Eick (DE) Werner Zittel (DE)
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (JP) Adnan Popovic (AT) aiko aiko (AT) Alfred Schwarzbauer & Top*S (AT) Anja Utler (DE) Anstam (DE) B. Fleischmann (AT) bad wolf (AT) Bernstein (AT) Biomat (SK) Bitz & Puschmann (AT) Boddika (UK) Captain Pressure (AT) cfsn Djs (HR) Cheever (AT) Cherry Sunkist (AT) Chez Damier (US) Christof Kurzmann (AT) Citizens (AT) Clara Moto (AT) Crazy Bitch in a Cave (AT) Daniela Seel (DE) Dark Sky (UK) DeepChord (US) Die sehr guten Textroller 2000 (AT) DJ Glow (AT) DJ Rak3te (AT) DJ Redstar aka Bogdo (AT) Dorian Concept (AT) doze (AT) Dylan Ettinger (US) Element012 (AT) Fantastic Mr. Fox (UK) Favela Gold (AT) feelipa (AT) Ferdinand Schmatz (AT) Fontarrian (AT) Franz Hautzinger (AT) Fuckhead (AT) Gerhard Rühm (AT) Henry Bootz (AT) Herwig Holzmann (AT) High Wolf (FR) Holy Other (UK) Hype Williams (UK) Id (AT) IZC (AT) IZEN (AT) Janine Rostron (DE) Jon Hopkins (UK) Josip Klobucar (HR) Kajkyt (BA) kon.txt (AT) Konrad Becker (AT) Kyle Hall (US) Laokoongruppe (AT) LE TAMTAM (AT) Loefah (UK) Low Frequency Orchestra (AT) luX (AT) M.A.R.S. (AT) Maria Minerva (EE) Mark E (UK) Marlene Streeruwitz (AT) Michal Zietara (IT) Morphosis (LB) Move D (DE) NA (AT) neurologic b2b ib..noze (AT) Nite Jewel (US) onoxo & Liik (HR) Opcion (AT) orjo (AT) PDF a.k.a. Phil da Funk (AT) Pearson Sound aka Ramadanman (UK) Phon.o (DE) Photek (US) PLANNINGTOROCK (DE) Point (AT) Rainer Klang (AT) Raz Mesinai aka Badawi (US) Reddey (IT) redekraM – Markeder (AT) Reflector (AT) Robin Fox (AU) RocketNumberNine (UK) Rockwell (UK) Roman Rauch & Alex Bayer (AT) Sansculotte (DE) Simon Reynolds (US) Simon/off (AT) Slack Hippy (AT) Solar Bears (UK) Somatic Responses (UK) Space Dimension Controller (UK) STRAßE DER ENTHUSIASTEN (AT) The Clonious vs. Cid Rim (AT) TwatEoT (AT) White Elephant (AT) Yukon, Fnord & Marv on Tagtool (AT) Zanshin (AT)
The Elevate Festival 2010 - "Elevate Civil Society" - presented internationally acclaimed guests like Iara Lee, Béatrice Achaleke and Mike Bonanno of The Yes Men and featured discussions on some of the most important issues of our time and tried to find ways for everyone to work against the climate and economic crisis.
At the same time Elevate offered a wide range of electronic music, which inspired conscious listening. Big names like Robert Hood, Joy Orbison and Merzbow made music aside the mainstream and showed their desire for experiments.A newly created literature program was featured, as well as workshops in the Elevate Lab and a new discourse part in tthe music secion called "Elevate Music Talks".
Participants / Discourse:
Anjali Kamat (IN) Anna Daimler (AT) Béatrice Achaleke (AT) Bill McKibben (US) Clemens Apprich (AT) Daniela Kraus (AT) Franziskus Forster (AT) Frederick Baker (AT) Fritz Pichlmann (AT) Gerald Bäck (AT) Hans G. Zeger (AT) Herwig Schuster (AT) Iara Lee (BR) Irmi Salzer (AT) Katharina Soos (AT) Kathrin Hartmann (DE) Klaus Schönberger (DE) Klaus Unterberger (AT) Mercedes Bunz (DE) Micha Matzer (AT) Michaela Moser (AT) Mike Bonanno of The Yes Men (US) Niklas Schinerl (AT) Nnimmo Bassey (NG) Ove Sutter (AT) Rahel Sophia Süß (AT) Rob Hopkins (UK) Robert Foltin (AT) Robert Misik (AT) Wenonah Hauter (US) Wolfgang Rehm (AT)
a thousand fuegos (AT) Actress (UK) Altered Natives (UK) Anna Leiser (AT) B.L.O. (AT) Baconhead (UK) Bernstein (AT) Cheever (AT) Chris Corsano (US) Chrissy Murderbot (US) Christof Dienz (AT) Christoph de Babalon (DE) Claro Intelecto (UK) Dead Fader (UK) DJ Moodswinger (CS) DJ Spinn (US) Dr. Blake (AT) Dub Coretette (AT) Duodroume (BR) Elektro Guzzi (AT) elffriede i.a. (AT) Emeralds (US) F. Puschmann (AT) Felix Kubin (DE) Felony Flats (CS) Florian Scheibein (AT) Fontarrian (AT) Fritz Ostermayer (AT) Funk Guru (HR) Giles Smith (UK) Girl Unit (UK) Hella Comet (AT) Hudson Mohawke (UK) Id (AT) Incredible Bob (CS) Istari Lasterfahrer (DE) Jamie xx (UK) Jörg Piringer (AT) jopa (AT) Joy Orbison (UK) Krach der Roboter (DE) Lisa Spalt (AT) M.A.R.S. (AT) Martin Kober (AT) Melita Jurisic (HR) Merzbow with Balázs Pándi (JP) metalycée (AT) Mischa (AT) Mount Kimbie (UK) Mussurunga (AT) Nik Bärtsch (CH) Oddsac (US) Oneohtrix Point Never (US) orjo (AT) Oswald Egger (AT) Otto von Schirach (US) Over At The Stars (AT) Physically F!T (AT) Piece of Shh... (CS) Project MOE (HR) Pursuit Grooves (US) Robert Hood (US) Rotator (FR) Sandwell District(Regis & Fun...) (UK) Slobodan Milosevic (BH) Soundscapes A/V event (CS) suffix.tv (CH) Terre Thaemlitz (US) The Tweakers (AT) Tingel Tangel (AT) Tomoroh Hidari (AT) Toro y Moi (US) Trash Van Traxxx (ES) Vikkake (AT) VJ Pora (BR) Waikiki Star Destroyer (AT) Walls (UK) Wilhelm DJ Team (AT) WoO (CS) Yoko Tawada (JP)
With an extensive program of discussions, workshops, lectures, and film presentations, Elevate Festival 2009 fostered a better understanding of serious world crises (in the areas of climate and energy, natural resources, nutrition, economy, politics and media) that are currently posing significant challenges to humanity. At this juncture, the focus was on examinations of alternative perspectives and analyses diverging from inadequate explanatory models, which are frequently distorted by political interests and dominated by mainstream media and public discourse.
Leading expert on the ecological crisis, geoengineering and nanotechnology, and laureate of the Right Livelihood Award, Pat Mooney (CA); NY Times journalist and winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Price for investigative reporting, David Barstow (US); co-founder of the daily news program Democracy Now! and laureate of the 2008 Right Livelihood Award, Amy Goodman (US); historian and long-standing reporter for Austrian public TV ORF, Raimund Löw (AT); leading expert on agricultural policy and sustainable food systems, and winner of the 2008 and 2009 Derek Cooper Award at the BBC's Food and Farming Awards, Geoff Tansey (UK); bestselling author and Attac Austria co-founder Christian Felber (AT); renowned journalist and lecturer at the University for Journalism FH Vienna, Anneliese Rohrer (AT); professor of geophysics and director of the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, Gottfried Kirchengast (AT); outstanding economist and political scientist, Gabriele Michalitsch (AT); organic farmer and ÖBV Via Campesina Austria speaker, Irmi Salzer (AT); journalist and author of the Austrian media encyclopedia, Harald Fidler (AT); distinguished political scientist and professor emeritus of Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Joachim Hirsch (DE), and many more..
.mrt (AT) ]BANDE[ (Yukon, Fnord) & Marv on Tagtool (AT) 00Piano (AT) A:lex (AT) Bass Clef (UK) Bitz (AT) Byetone (DE) Canc (AT) Channel-f (AT) Christoph Fringeli (CH) Clara Moto (AT) Cluster (DE / AT) Cooly G (UK) Damo Suzukis Network (JP) Darkstar (UK) Dave Aju (US) Despoilah (BE) Dual (AT) Dub Coretette (AT) Elexx.Ender + Henry Bootz (AT) Evangelista (US) F. Puschmann (AT) feelipa & El Rakkas (AT) FFF (NL) Glitterbug (DE) Gross Prophet (AU) Grzek & d.nye (AT) I:Gor (PL) Ikonika (UK) Jackmaster (UK) Jahcoozi (DE) Jon Hopkins (UK) King Midas Sound (UK) KK Null (JP) Kode9 & The Spaceape (UK) L`Orange (AT) L-Vis 1990 (UK) Ladyscraper (UK) luma.launisch (AT) M.A.R.S. (AT) Markus Lindner (AT) Martyn (NL) Micachu & The Shapes (UK) Microthol (AT) Mr. Monkeyshines (AT) Next Life (NO) Omar S (US) orjo (AT) Phillipe (HR) Portable aka Bodycode (PT) Ray Okpara (DE) Redstar (AT) Reflector (AT) Rhythmus 42 (AT) Ritornell (AT) Sebastian Feyerabend (AT) sebo.n (DE) Seefeel (UK) Simon/Off (AT) Sito (AT) Slack Hippy (AT) Sterling (AT) The Clonious (AT) The Incredible Hexadecibels (NZ) The Striggles (AT) woei (AT)
The aim of Elevate 2008 was, together with scientists and activists, to raise awareness of the importance of Commons and to shed light on the social and cultural conflicts in the usage of these goods. This was the framework for discussions, workshops, films and lectures as well as for the presentation of innovative projects.
Farmer and winner of the Right Livelihood Award 2007, Percy Schmeiser (CA); musician, author and multimedia artist, Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky (US); journalist and Science Commons expert, Kaitlin Thaney (US); leader of Creative Commons Brazil, author and professor of law, Ronaldo Lemos (BR); author and Commons expert, David Bollier (US); founder of the Free Knowledge Network, Petra Buhr (DE); Commons activist and blogger Silke Helfrich (DE); Anne Schweigler (DE) from the BUKO campaign against biopiracy; political scientist and economist Massimo De Angelis (UK); Michael Tuck (US) from History Commons; the farmer and La Via Campesina activist Heike Schiebeck (AT); Hans-Jochen Luhmann (DE) from the Institute of climate, environment and energy in Wuppertal; bestselling author and publicist Christian Felber (AT); Stefan Meretz (DE), who studies the political economy of the free software movement; expert for international political economy and climate change, Achim Brunnengräber (DE); "legal project lead" of Creative Commons Austria, Florian Philapitsch (AT); co-director of the documentary film "Good Copy Bad Copy", Henrik Moltke (DK); and many more
Felix Kubin (DE) Fuck Buttons (GB) Attention Cosmonauts! (AT) Mimu (AT) Clara Moto (AT) Orjo (AT) DJ Spooky - That Subliminal Kid - A/V-Performance (US) EmeeGrant.pdf (AT) The Bug feat. Warrior Queen & MC Flowdan (UK, JM) Tim Exile (DE) Mark Pritchard aka Harmonic313 (GB) Rustie (GB) Dorian Concept (AT) Alfred Gassenhauer (AT) kon.txt (AT) Deadbeat (CA) DJ Pinch (GB) IZC (AT) El Rakkas (AT) Pita (AT) Pre (GB) MoHa! (NO) Drum Eyes feat. DJ Scotch Egg (UK, JP) Dokkebi Q (JP) Jakuzi´s Attempt (AT) N>E>D (GB) Bogdanovic aka DJ Redstar (AT) F. Puschmann (AT) Atom? (CL) Jay Haze a.k.a Fuckpony (DE) Danton Eeprom (GB) DJ Glow (AT) Dangerous Tweakers (AT) Illinoise (AT) Vikkake (AT) Starkey (US) Drums of Death (GB) Cee (AT) B.L.O. (AT) Chris Chronic & Focus (AT) Monster Zoku Onsomb (AU) Reverse Tunes (BR) LFO Demon (DE) Mad EP (US) Ars Dada (NO) Raxyor (US) Koolmorf Widesen (IT) Syncope (AT) Monstamash (AT) Jacques Prell vs. Johannes Jeindl (AT) Eiterherd (AT) DJ c64 (CA) Cheever (AT) Martin Kober (AT)
The Elevate festival 2007 adressed different critical views on the topic of democracy through a dense schedule of lectures, discussions, workshops and film screenings. It was a gathering of forward thinking activists, authors and scientists as well as a playground for new ideas and projects.
The stage was set for an open minded discourse and intellectual ex-change through talks from a combination of internationally acclaimed guests and local activists, as well as through public interaction in panels and discussions. Three topics over three days - "technology", "media and journalism" and "critique, theory and perspective" offered abundant opportunity for wide participation.
Guests included: the long term U.S. member of congress, Cynthia McKinney; Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, and radio news Director turned CNN and Emmy Award winning ABC News Producer, Danny Schechter; filmmaker, Eminem video director, guerrillanews.com founder and activist Ian Inaba from New York; U.S. community Internet pioneer and wireless communication expert Sascha Meinrath; british author Dr. Richard Barbrook; net-activist and co-founder of "telepolis" online magazine, Armin Medosch; the software developer and author Corinna "Elektra" Aichele from Berlin; the author and publisher Christian Felber as well as the political scientist Univ. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brand; the president of Reporters without Border Austria and long term ORF editor Dr. Rubina Möhring, the danish documentary film maker Karsten Kjaer and many other people who are concerned with and engaged in the topic of democracy.
participating musicians and artists:
Murcof (MEX) Sven König - sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ! Performance(DE) Soap & Skin (AT) Le Tam Tam (AT) Element012 (AT) Cheever (AT) Orjo (AT) Jackson & His Computer Band (FR) Deerhunter (US) Modeselektor feat. Paul St. Hilaire (DE) Pfadfinderei (DE) Drop the Lime/Curses! (US) The Scarabeus Dream (AT) Amtrak (AT) Stirling (AT) Bogdan Raczynski (CAN) Mike Dred (GB) Remarc (GB) Dorian Concept (AT) Beatrip (AT) SlickDevlan (AT) Renoa (AT) Skream (GB) Amit (GB) Virus Syndicate (GB) Oris Jay/Darqwan (GB) Mary Anne Hobbs (GB) Zvonko (AT) Silent Wolf (AT) Strukt (AT) 3 Channels (PL) Andy Stott (GB) Simon/Off (AT) Clara Moto (AT) Alfred Gassenhauer & Rudolf Roschitz (AT) Wolf Eyes (US) The White Mice (US) Shawn Greenlee/Pleasurehorse (US) OvO (I) MoHa! (N) DJ Scotch Egg (J) Dorian Pearce (AT) Friedrich Locke (AT) Steffen Kube (DE) & Sebastian Feyerabend (AT) Pantytec (DE) Les Cerveaux Lents(Ark & Mikael Weill) (FR) Baby Ford (GB) Bitz (AT) Tuca (AT) Illinoise (AT) Onoxo (HR) VJ Azz (TW) Raiden (EST) Audio (GB) Apex (GB) Feelipa (HR) DJ Snare (AT) dDamage (FR) The Teknoist (GB) Krumble (FR) Slepcy (PL) Society Suckers (DE) Pisstank (GB) Gromov (RU) Frida Kore (AT) Ravage (AT) Sabotage Hybrid (AT) Eiterherd (AT) Dades (AT) Naritia (AT) Kilmou (AT) Pilatus (AT) M.A.R.S. (AT) Milou (AT)
elevate the debate!
Also in 2006 elevate was not just about music, but also about political discourse and knowledge. It was a gathering of forward thinking activists and initiatives as well as a playground for new ideas and projects. Topics such as "guaranteed basic income", "free media / public television and radio / perspectives of digital technology" and "digital video streaming and distribution", were presented and discussed in a relaxed atmosphere. Independent organisations and all kinds of activists were featured and were also incorporated into the planning process of the content of the festival. The festival was and is about encouraging people to think and act politically as well as empowering critical positions.
guests: ORF-Public Value head of department Dr. Klaus Unterberger, Veronika Leiner of Verband Freier Radios Österreich VFROE, Robert Suchar CEO of the free Radio Helsinki in Graz, the Hacktivistas Tatiana de la O and Lluis Gomez Bigorda from Spain, sociologist Dr. Erich Kitzmüller, Mag.a Nicole Lieger the head of department of the Ludwig Boltzmann Instituts für Menschenrechte in Vienna, author and co-editor of the magazine Grundrisse Dr. Karl Reitter
elevate and create!
Furthermore a lot of workshops are hosted by the elevate festival: Tim Exile's Clevaclox, as well as workshops on Streetart and VJing.
artists: Justice (FR) Uffie + Feadz (FR) Christopher & Raphael Just (AT) Monster Zoku Onsomb! (AU) Tibor Holoda (SK) vj azz (TW) Gustav & Gang (AT) Luke Vibert (GB) Jimmy Edgar (US) machinedrum (US) Naos (AT) Winterphonic (AT) Cheever (AT) mimu (AT) Plaid AV with Bob (GB) Clark (GB) Tim Exile (GB) Wisp (US) X&trick (BE) Photophob (AT) Winterstrand (AT) zvonko (AT) Orjo (AT) Flimmerflitzer (AT) Tadeo (ES) Damian Schwartz (ES) [a]pendics.shuffle (US) Bitz & Puschmann (AT) Man e faces (AT) Seba (SE) Fanu (FI) DJ Distance (GB) Funk Guru (HR) Rmf (AT) SlickDevlan (AT) rec7 (AT) Team Plastique miyara supasaiyajin (AT) So und So (AT) Dorian Pearce (AT) Rentokill (AT) With Love (AT) Many Men Have Tried (AT) Dimitrij (AT) Anchors Up (AT) Rex the Dog (GB) Apparat (DE) Kero (US) Kabelton (AT) M.a.r.s (AT) Claramoto (AT) Illinoise (AT) Lux (AT) Noisia (GB) Outrage (GB) Current Value (DE) Wenshiz b2b Friday13 (AT) Zeck (AT) Bernstein (AT) Otto von Schirach (US) Drumcorps (US) Xanopticon (US) Noize Creator (DE) Gigglin Dildas (BE) tHE nAM sHUB OF eNKI (AU) Todesstern (AT) 1Bomb>1Target (AT) Eiterherd (AT) Any Maniac (AT) D.I.S. (DE) B.L.O. & Finna (AT) Naritia (AT) Beardyman (GB) JFB (GB
Guests of the elevate-festival and workshop hosts were: The creator of PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) and encryption expert Philip R. Zimmermann / USA, the founder of the free online enzyclopedia Wikipedia Jimmy Wales / USA, the political scientist teaching in Mexico and author John Holloway / Ireland, the journalist, director and media-guerrilla Stephen Marshall / USA, the journalist Paulo Moura from Portugal, the political scientist and economist MMag.a Dr.in Gabriele Michalitsch / Vienna
artists: Dälek (US) Waxolutionists (AT) Attwenger (AT) Puppetmastaz (DE) JFB pres. Abstractivity (GB) Linkmen (AT) Mafia Entertainment (AT) Dero (AT) MC Beardyman (GB) Throwdown Girls (GB) Aggressive Snail Attack (HR) Hailaends (AT) Sind & Essen (AT) Naos (AT) Minime (AT) Marek (AT) Autechre (GB) DMX Krew (GB) µ-Ziq (GB) Hrvatski (US) N>E>D (GB) Alive (AT) zvonko (AT) Mimu (AT) LUX (AT) Basteroid (DE) Jake Fairley (DE) Bitz & Puschmann (AT) M.A.R.S & Haadrian (AT) Paradox (GB) Equinox (GB) Kodini (AT) Kulix (AT) SlickDevlan (AT) rec7 (AT) Bust The Box DJs chfs (AT) dd kern (AT) The (International) Noise Conspiracy (SE) Mediengruppe Telekommander (DE) The Cribs (GB) Psycho Path (SI) Clockwork Orange (AT) The Scarabeusdream (AT) The Famous Band Lasch (AT) Midgard Antimaniax (AT) Forever Ends Tonight (AT) Surviving the Sunset (AT) Astpai (AT) Perishing Mankind (AT) Ellen Allien (DE) Abe Duque (US) Modeselektor (DE) Kamuflaas Digital (AT) Illinoise (AT) Ella Esque & Emanuel[RT] (AT) Evol Intent Exile DJ Hidden & EYE-D Shroombab (AT) Zeck (AT) Dan Doormouse (US) Jason Forrest aka. Donna Summer (US) Monster Zoku Onsomb! (AU) Hecate (CH) C.Fringeli (CH) Electric Kettle (FR) Parasite (GB) Rotator (FR) Eiterherd (AT) Any Maniac (AT) Naritia (AT) Anakissed (GB) Cheever (AT) e.stonji (DE) Winterstrand (DE) Lenz & Vocalist Claudia Hemmer (AT) Schauer (GB) Terocal (GB)