16th-17th November 2012, The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, M. Konopnicka Street 26
The Organisers: The Centre for the Comparative Studies of Civilisations, The Association for the Humanistic Art Initiatives "Sztruks", The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology
The main purpose of the conference was to show the cultural dimension of genocide which has strongly influenced the understanding and making of music. The search for the connections between crime and the aesthetic expression of sound provided the impetus for a humanistic debate transcending the borders of any particular specialisations. The conference was attended by scholars from all around the world who represented different disciplines and presented varied interpretations of music in the context of genocide. The lectures concerned the problems of numerous cultural groups, referred to distant and recent history, each time emphasising the role of art in the attempt to react to the processes which take place in the political, social and economic spheres.
The academic discussion panels and lectures were supplemented by the artistic events: the playing of the music of Lawrence Kramer and the premiere of music and dance show "Stille" prepared and performed by the group "Harakiri Farmers" with a score composed exclusively for this occasion by Aleksander Gryka.