Two exhibitions on the themes of underground and improvisation, held from 15 March to 6 May 2018 in the Akademie building on Hanseatenweg, will focus on the
alternative music and art movements in East and West, from the student revolts of the Prague Spring to the period after the fall of the Iron Curtain in Berlin and eastern Europe. The extensive supporting programme consists of a series of concerts, film showings, panel discussions and an interdisciplinary symposium.
The exhibition „Free Music Production / FMP: The Living Music“ presents the history of the FMP music label, which was active from 1968 to 2010 as a Berlinbased platform for the production, presentation and documentation of music. Ever since the late 1950s, there have been repeated attempts by musicians to design their production and working conditions in a self-determined manner. Due to the fact that the saxophonist Peter Brötzmann could not guarantee the organisers of the Berliner Jazztage (today Jazzfest Berlin) that his group would perform in black suits, leading to cancellation of the invitation, he organised the first Total Music Meeting (TMM) in 1968, together with the bassist Jost Gebers. Within a very short time FMP developed into an international hotspot for contemporary and, in the beginning, sometimes highly controversial improvised music. The music was first documented on vinyl in 1969. As the first western label, FMP recorded musicians from the GDR in both East and West Berlin.
The exhibition, documenting a unique musical and cultural history between West and East, presents the most important concert formats developed by FMP, often copied to the present day – for example, the Workshop Freie Musik or the Total Music Meeting. The many hundreds of concerts are exemplified through recordings, photographs, posters, flyers and interviews as well as numerous documentary videos never seen before and unreleased recordings from Jost Gebers’ FMP archive. FMP is thus returning to its original venue at the Akademie at Hanseatenweg.