Since time immemorial the past has been a source of inspiration for artists working in every creative field. O/Modernt (Swedish for ‘Un/modern’) celebrates this ‘looking back’ to find imaginative renewal in the past by exploring the relationships between the work of early composers and the artistic and intellectual creations of modern culture — in music, art, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature and scholarship. The O/Modernt spirit of reinvention finds special expression in a weeklong summer festival in Stockholm.
Music is the temporal art par excellence, gaining immediacy from its irresistible transience. As the clock ticks, music draws us towards the future, prompting us to look ahead. But music also recalls us to the past, inspiring memory and a sense of history. In 2020 we celebrated the forward-striving music of Beethoven. The 2021 edition of Festival O/Modernt is dedicated to a composer whose music is imbued with the remembrance of things past: FRANZ SCHUBERT. And just as Schubert’s music evokes the SOUND OF MEMORY, so Festival O/Modernt 2021 marks its tenth anniversary by recollecting and celebrating ten years of its own sounding history.