Norient opens up the world through music and sound. We conceive audio and noise as seismographs of our time and facilitate space and place for thinkers and artists to reflect on the now and tomorrow. Our goal is to challenge surface realities and the mainstream, fight algorithms and initiate dialogue across people and continents.
The digital gallery, Norient’s space «The Now in Sound», tells new stories about the world through audio-visual exhibitions, academic research, quality journalism, broad- and podcasts, photography, video and film. Norient Places includes the biannual Norient Film Festival and its satellites, lectures, performances or concerts which are curated and co-curated with our growing network of partners from fifty countries, coordinated through the Norient Agency. Norient Press offers publications and releases. And the Norient Lab experiments with new formats and practices on how to perform music and sound research in the future.
Experience challenging sounds and ideas in today’s digitized world. It's time to listen!
We believe that ideas matter, including what we say and do, and the stories we tell.
We invite you, researchers, academics, journalists, filmmakers, photographers, podcast and broadcast producers, video artists, musicians, DJs, ethnographers, storytellers, niche lovers, cultural workers, pop culture geeks, speakers, moderators, curators, educators, graphic designers, programmers, coders and other thinkers and artists, young and old, established or not, to connect with cultural creatives worldwide.
We are a community of practice in art, journalism and academia. Together, we can challenge the mainstream and fight algorithms. Our aim is to offer new stories to people all over the world.
We are seeking
Visions of a new world and new stories of today, through music, sound and discourse.
We believe that
It is time to listen, observe and discuss phenomena from different angles, positions and perspectives, in close collaboration with people from various backgrounds, living across the globe.
We are driven by
We like to immerse ourselves in
Music, sound, noise, musique conrète and soundscapes
artistic visions, human thoughts and imaginations
cities and nature
«In 2002, Norient was an attack on Orientalism and Exoticism. It was about opening up to contemporary music and expressions from the non-Western world. Now it is about creating a true community of thinkers and artists».
Thomas Burkhalter, Founder and Artistic Director of Norient