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ELEVATE – Festival for contemporary music, art and political discourse
Nov 5 – 9 2008, Graz 

Four nights packed with concerts, live acts, and DJs from all over the world. Four days of lectures, discussions, workshops, installations and performances from (independent) organizations, critical thinkers, activists and artists. Most events take place in venues carved inside the historic Schlossberg – the hill in the center of Graz.

The aim of Elevate 2008 is, together with scientists and activists, to raise awareness of the importance of the commons and to shed light on the social and cultural conflicts in the usage of these goods. This will be the framework for discussions, workshops, films and lectures as well as for the presentation of innovative projects.

Numerous workshops within the framework of the Elevate Lab in Forum Stadtpark offer local artists the chance to get to know the international festival guests. An Audio/Visual performance (DJ Spooky), interventions in public space and light experiments (in cooperation with TU Graz) guarantee a new atmosphere in and around the Schlossberg Graz. Guest curators like DJ Scotch Egg from Japan provide for unforgettable experiences during the nightly music programme.

Information:
How to get to Graz, Venues, Hotels, Press-Info

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Dom im Berg
presented by Falter

Grand Opening 8.00 pm in Dom im Berg
– Commons introduction: Silke Helfrich (commonsblog.de / DE)
– Opening speech: Percy Schmeiser (Right Livelihood Award 2007 / CA)

Music starting 9.30 pm:
Felix Kubin live (Gargarin Records, A-Musik / DE)
fck Buttons live (ATP Recordings / UK)
Attention, Cosmonauts! live (AT)
Mimu live (luv / AT)
Clara Moto (Infiné, Houseverbot / AT)

visuals: Orjo (backlab / AT)

FREE entrance!

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Dom im Berg
presented by Kleine Zeitung

7.30pm

Commons Of The Mind

Discussion with introductory statements from all participants + audience participation

Music, art, science, open software, media, journalism – the wide range of “Commons of the mind”; those Commons which originate from human creativity and which are fundamental to the development of culture and progress. Examples of the controversies concerning the societal availability of “Commons of the mind”, innovative projects and creative solutions which manifest themselves worldwide are the evening’s topics:

participants: DJ Spooky a.k.a. Paul D. Miller (US), Kaitlin Thaney (US), Ronaldo Lemos (BR), David Bollier (US), Michael Tuck (US)

after the discussion, starting 10:30pm

DJ Spooky – That Subliminal Kid (US) Performance
EmeeGrant.pdf (Easymoods / AT)

FREE entrance!

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Dom im Berg (22:00 – 06:00) presented by FM4

dubstep / hip hop / idm / pop

The Bug feat. Warrior Queen & MC Flowdan (Ninja Tune, Rephlex / UK, JM)
Tim Exile live (Warp, Planet-Mu / DE)
Mark Pritchard aka Harmonic313 (Warp / UK)
Rustie (LuckyMe, Warp / UK)
Dorian Concept live (Kindred Spirits, aber records / AT)
Alfred Gassenhauer (KomaFM / AT)

Visuals: kon.txt (AT)

Dom im Berg 2nd Floor (22:00 – 06:00)

dub/techno

Deadbeat live (~scape, Wagonrepair / CA)
DJ Pinch (Tectonic, Punch Drunk / UK)
IZC (Dubsquare Rec., SubFM / AT)
El Rakkas (COTN, luv / AT)

Uhrturmkasematte (22:00 – 06:00)

noise / psychedelic / experimental

Scorn live (Ad Noiseam / UK)
Pre live (Skin Graft / UK)
MoHa! live (Rune Grammofon, Humbug / NO)
Drum Eyes feat. DJ Scotch Egg live (Load Rec. / UK, JP)
Dokkebi Q live (3QREQ / JP)
Jakuzi´s Attempt (Wire Globe / AT)
N>E>D (Overkill / UK)

*curated by DJ Scotch Egg

Afterhour (Sa. 06.00 bis 12.00 Uhr)

@ Parkhouse – Stadtpark

Bogdanovic aka DJ Redstar (luv, Dangerous Tweaker / AT)
F. Puschmann (houseverbot / AT)

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Dom im Berg (22:00 – 06:00)

presented by Makava

minimal / electro / house

Atom™ live (Rather Interesting, Essay Recordings / CL)
Jay Haze aka Fuckpony live (Tuning Spork, Get Physical, Cocoon / DE)
Danton Eeprom live (Infiné, Rekids / UK)
DJ Glow ( Trust / AT)
Dangerous Tweakers live (Houseverbot / AT)
Illinoise (luv, elevate / AT)

Visuals: Vikkake (Lux & Koppold / AT)

Dom im Berg 2nd Floor (22:00 – 06:00)

baltimore / street bass / club

Starkey (Planet-Mu / US)
Drums of Death live (Greco-roman / UK)
Cee live (Al Haca, Crunchtime / AT)
B.L.O (disko404 / AT)
Chris Chronic & Focus (bass or die / AT)

Uhrturmkasematte (22:00 – 06:00)

breakcore / mashup / hardcore

Monster Zoku Onsomb live (Death$ucker, Acidsamovar / AU)
Reverse Tunes live (Zona / BR)
LFO Demon live (Sprengstoff Recordings / DE)
Mad EP live (Ad Noiseam, Hymen / US)
Ars Dada live (Oslo Break Fest / NO)
Raxyor live (Rancorous, Hive / US)
Koolmorf Widesen live (Anoise Records, ECG / IT)
Syncope live (System Breakdown Recordings, MNDR / AT)
Monstamash live (Nanophreak Consortium / AT)
Jacques Prell vs. Johannes Jeindl (def junk / AT)
Eiterherd live (Widerstand Records / AT)
DJ c64 (Dross:tik Records / CA)

Afterhour (So. 06.00 bis 12.00 Uhr)

@ Parkhouse – Stadtpark

Cheever (Spirals 1st / AT)
Martin Kober (landlordbeats) / AT

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This compilation presents up-and-coming artists from the surrounding of the Elevate Festival in Graz/Austria. Download it for free here!

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What do the privatization of water, the flourishing remix culture, the genetic information of a tropical plant, and open source software development all have in common?

They are all part of the fiercely contested commons; natural, cultural and social resources which we have inherited from the natural world or which have been developed through collective processes. In essence, they form the foundation of our lives.

Commons are the basis for the production of food and pharmaceuticals. They are as important for breathing as they are for social networks. We need them to interact, produce and deliver knowledge, art and culture, to move and to regenerate. There can be no sane society without intact common resources.

participating are:

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; Hans-Jochen Luhmann (DE) from the Institute of climate, environment and energy in Wuppertal; bestselling author and publicist Christian Felber (AT); board of iCommons member and “public project lead” of Creative Commons Netherlands, Paul Keller (NL); 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

All events are free of charge!

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Artistic and musical innovations as well as the interaction of artists from various parts of the festival are the central themes of the 2008 programme. Numerous workshops within the framework of the Elevate Lab in Forum Stadtpark offer local artists the chance to get to know the international festival guests. An Audio/Visual performance (DJ Spooky), interventions in public space and light experiments (in cooperation with TU Graz) guarantee a new atmosphere in and around the Schlossberg Graz. Guest curators like DJ Scotch Egg from Japan provide for unforgettable experiences during the nightly music programme. Shying away from superlatives, but rather opening the possibility for encounters in the intimate atmosphere of individual club nights, with artists and genres that are largely still unknown in this country. More than a hundred artists from twelve nations, most of who will perform live, cater to stylistic diversity.

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Wednesday and Thursday free entrance!

Day Ticket: pre-sale 18 EUR door 20 EUR / Festival-Ticket: pre-sale 34 Euro door 38 Euro
All lectures, discussions and workshops will be free of charge.

Presale online at Elevate Ticketshop

and at every Steiermärkische Sparkasse (discount for Spark7-Members) www.sparkasse.at // www.spark7.at

Graz:
Graz Tourismus Information / Herrengasse 16 / A-8010 Graz / Tel: +43 316 8075-0 / email: info@graztourismus.at
Zentralkartenbüro Graz / Herrengasse 7 / A-8010 Graz / Tel: +43 316 830255
Duxrecords / Annenstraße 6 / A-8020 Graz / Tel: +43 316 723727
Phono Records / Sparbersbachgasse 36 / A-8010 Graz / Tel: +43 316 890170 / www.phono-records.at

Vienna:
substance recordstore / Westbahnstraße 16 / A-1070 Wien / Mo – Fr 11.00-19.30 / Sa 10.00-18.00 / Tel: +43 1 523 67 57
Bounce Records / Faulmann-gasse/Operngasse 26 / A-1040 Wien / Tel: +43 1 585 7520 / www.bouncerecords.biz

Ö-Ticket Agencies:
ÖT-Center-Graz at bookshop Leykam / A-8010 Graz / Stempfergasse 3 / Tel: +43 316 71 66 66 / email: oeticket@aon.at / web: www.oeticket.comalso in Germany, Italy, Hungary and Slovenia

Austrian Railways – ÖBB / The “ÖBB Event Ticket” can help you save up to 60% of the train price if you start your journey from any station in Austria! Follow the instructions on our website.

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