New Emergences Foundation is a platform for amplifying voices underrepresented within digital media culture, electronic music and sound art.
We work towards the acknowledgement, presence and inclusion of women, LGBTQIA+, disabled communities, and people of all other ethnic groups combined.
NE organizes a discussion series, a concert series, and numerous activities such as workshops, podcasts, and online publications. The foundation also provides advice through consultation and promotion of its affiliated network.
The New Emergences foundation is based in the Netherlands and consists of a group of composers, improvisers, performers, and researchers working in the field of electronic music and sound art. It is part of an engaged music and art community that acts on the notion of grassroots activism that desires the honest, the curious, and the provocative.
You can contact New Emergences via email
info [at] newemergences [dot] com
Mariëtte Groot – Performer, Curator, Owner of the Underbelly music store.
Fani Konstantinidou – Composer, Performer, Musicology researcher
András Simongáti-Farquhar – Sound and media artist, Researcher
Anne Wellmer – Composer, Performer, Media artist
Semay Wu – Composer, Media artist, Cellist & Performer
In March 2016, an electronic music concert at the Institute of Sonology sparked a contentious discussion on a social media platform (Facebook). Comments back and forth became complex and personal and focused often on the ‘aggression’ of the initial comment (from a woman), rather than the context of the whole. Semay Wu decided to shift this energy into a constructive, discussion-based event through which the basis of NE was founded. With the enthusiasm and support from the students, staff and participants, the event evolved into a series outside of the institutional environment which, within two years, was officialized as a new, independent foundation.
The NE discussion series practices and promotes a Safe Space for its participants to discuss a wide range of perspectives, opinions, theories, and strategies to achieve change.
NE sets itself the goal to raise awareness for under-represented voices to develop a language of their own and to present themselves confidently within a field that is still largely dominated by their white cis-male colleagues.
Understanding the cultural and political views around us, the Safe Space allows a genuine curiosity to emerge while exchanging experiences and encouraging interactive dialogue. NE wishes to motivate people to question themselves and their environment, and to contribute towards the reshaping of toxic realities into a functioning cultural discourse.
Throughout the discussions, NE realized that there was a real need for action-based solutions that not only allow the voice of artists to come through but also to claim and occupy more space for their music. A self-curated series of concert events was, thus, launched to support the new music of artists and composers advocating equality in the experimental music scene.
In the same philosophy, NE has started a series of online publications and workshops that focus on presenting the voices, opinions, and history of artists through media such as podcasts, online articles, educational practices, and mentoring programs. This allows a greater accessibility to a wider audience, strengthening awareness of our fractured social space through a richer, more diverse conversation.
By collecting perspectives, we initiate Change, not by demanding Change, but by creating space for people to listen to each other.
We are currently thinking how best to move forward with the organization. We endeavour to listen, to refine, to nurture and to be as open to nuances as we can. Keeping our collective space as safe as possible is just as important to us, as our wish to keep listening and talking together. Thank you from all of us on the NE team, for supporting us thus far. Thank you to all who have helped bring the discussion to the table. Please continue to keep in touch with us, we value your thoughts and presence.