The Krakow event's 16th edition will ask many questions, including: "How do we engage deeply in a world of surfaces?"
"Presence" hopes to pick up where last year's theme, Flower Power, left off. Among other things, it'll consider how the festival's policy of banning phones and photography at concerts, which began in 2013, means something different in 2018 as "technology [reshapes] reality itself," according the press release.
Unsound's 16th edition will ask many questions, including: "What does it mean to be present in a world of media saturation, where reality can be virtual or augmented, intelligence made artificial? How should we exist in an age of self display, anxiety, cryptocurrencies, robotic technologies, data harvesting, discriminative algorithms, disinformation, social media bots and conspiracy theories?"
In addition to its usual wide-ranging programme of music, discussion, film, and audio and visual arts, Unsound will be commissioning works "that engage with the self and its relation to simulacra, technology, protest, 21st century ideas of nature and beyond."
Unsound Krakow will take place on Sunday, October 7th through 14th. The lineup and location are still TBA.