Göteborg Art Sounds 2020

The 2020 edition was about bridging the gaps between the physical and the digital, hosting both live concerts as well as online concerts.
Kathy Hinde [UK]

The festival took place from October 10-17 2020, at a number of venues in Gothenburg, with participating artists from Great Britain, The Netherlands, USA, Australia, Canada and Sweden. GAS 2020 was in many ways a very different festival compared to previous editions. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the production and presentation of the entire festival had to be re-thought and some events had to be moved to future editions. The themes for the 2020 GAS Festival – which largely revolved around the physical aspects of a space and how this relates to and affect the artistic experience – was strengthened by the limitation that the Covid-19 pandemic brought on. From necessity, we had to create a somewhat new festival format, where parts of the festival took place on digital platforms. This allowed us to do our audience outreach without any digital or geographical obstacles. We could be where both new and existing audiences were. During the festival, there was a whole new interconnection between time and space in the form of global concerts where musicians from the US, Australia and Europe met in real time, where pre-recorded, concerts containing their own intrinsic spatialities, met acoustic environments in Gothenburg. Where the boundaries for what constitutes live music was moved into a new, unknown and exciting territory.

Participating artists

c_RL with Olivia Shortt [CA] | Diamanda La Berge Dramm [NL] | Gageego! [SE] | Göteborg Wind Orchestra & Lena Willemark [SE] | Kathy Hinde [GB] | Maria W Horn [SE] | Reading Music [SE] | Spaces [SE] | Telematic Performance – Ensemble mise-en, Decibel New Music Ensemble & Norrbotten NEO [US/AU/SE] | Utomjordiska [SE]

General Information

Festival Organization

Staffan Mossenmark | Artistic Director
Staffan Svensson | Project Manager
David Dacks | Guest Curator
Cathie Boyd | Guest Curator
Bert Palinckx | Guest Curator
Andreas Lindahl | Presenter and Interviewer
Producentbyrån | Communications and Marketing
Nippon Pippon / Fredric Bergström | Digital Content Manager and Streaming Coordinator
Maria Rylander | Administration
Polina Ulianova | Documentation


Financial Aid

Göteborgs stad
Västra Götalandsregionen
Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse
Stiftelsen Wilhelm och Martina Lundgrens Understödsfond
Kulturens studieförbund


Cryptic [GB]
Gaudeamus Musicweek [NL]
Göteborg Artist Center
Göteborg Wind Orchestra
The Music Gallery [CA]
Högskolan för Scen och Musik
November Music [NL]