Since 1999, Prof. Friedemann Dähn and Thomas Maos have directed and staged the innovative international CAMP (Creative Arts and Music Project) festival at two-yearly intervals. In 2004, they were joined by Stefan Hartmaier and Martin Mangold, and CAMP became a registered association (CAMP e.V.).
Over the years, the festival’s unconventional philosophy and associated modus operandi have given rise to a network of diverse artists from the worlds of music, sound, electronics, projection, light, video, and film. CAMP provides invited performers from around the globe with a temporary laboratory where they can collaborate on new electronic and experimental music in close conjunction with the latest visual art forms. For the duration of the event, the venue is tightly integrated into the process of artistic and creative dialogue.
Musicians and video artists from various countries and regions get together for one week to live and work at a venue chosen for its distinctive architecture and acoustics. These carefully selected locations ensure that space becomes an integral component in the participants’ work. Prior to the event, the artists know neither each other nor the venue. The festival itself embodies the unique, proven CAMP concept: a period of dialogue, and the integration of the venue’s acoustic and visual characteristics into a creative process based on experimentation. In other words, risk and freedom are central to this process: freedom not only from conventional ways of working and commercial structures, but also the freedom to fail – which, in turn, can pave the way for the next breakthrough.
To foster experimentation of this kind, CAMP leverages its own specially developed event format comprising four closely interrelated elements: communication, integration of the venue into the work, improvisation, and presentation. At the end of the week-long festival, the results of the experiment are presented to the public in the form of audio-visual concerts and installations.
Dialogue and collaboration between artists from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds are not merely side-effects of this format; they are at the very heart of the festival concept – unleashing artistic and cultural energy, and generating vast creative potential.