Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 4–6pm
as part of
Experiments in Disintegrating I
A conversation between artist Erik Smith and Changing Room initiator Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez. The discussion will center on both of Smith’s works presented as part of the first installment in Changing Room’s “Experiments in Disintegrating” series: ACIINTT – slow listening berlin, Smith’s three-hour “decelerated” listening performance at Changing Room on September 20 and AABBCCDV, shown at Kunstpunkt Berlin within the framework of the exhibition re-space and still on view through October 13. Both works are representative of Smith’s site-focused practice, which takes an urban-archeological approach to exploring specific transformations of the built environment. Central to this is the combining of sculptural and acoustic means to bring to light not only the specific histories embedded within the sites, as a return of the repressed or forgotten, but also to convey their dissolution over time as a consequence of urban development and renewal, forces currently at work remaking the cities and settings for Smith’s projects here: Berlin and Miami. A shorter half-hour performance of Smith’s ACIINTT – slow listening berlin will also be presented as a part of the talk.
Experiments in Disintegrating I
ACIINTT – slow listening berlin
at CHANGING ROOM
Lüderitzstrasse 11, 13351 Berlin
ACIINTT– slow listening berlin
Join us at CHANGING ROOM on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 9pm to midnight for ACIINTT – slow listening berlin, a live three-hour “decelerated listening” session. For the performance, Smith will live mix Orpheus in the Underworld 78s with techno and electronica records on six turntables modified to play at drastically reduced speeds. The turntables form the central sonic component to his Berlin-based, urban-archaeological project Titanic (2013-2019) exploring the evolution of a site in Mitte, the location in the nineteenth century of a theater renowned for its performances of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, a sprawling underground bunker during WW2, and the four-star Titanic hotel today. Listeners are invited to come and stay for the duration of the performance or drop in as they please. Lights will be off and floor mats will be provided to facilitate extended listening.
there will be a talk by Erik Smith,
September 28th, starts 4pm
at Changing Room
Erik Smith (b. Boston US, lives and works in Berlin) studied visual art and comparative literature in the US and Italy before moving to Berlin, Germany in 2003. Solo exhibitions include Errant Sound, Berlin; Counterpath, Denver; FRAGMENTA/Valletta 2018, Malta; Locus Solus, de Appel Contemporary Arts Centre, Amsterdam NL; Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, Berlin; DimensionsVariable, Miami FL; Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA. His work has also been shown in numerous group exhibitions internationally including SculptureCenter, LIC, NY; BBB centre d’art, Toulouse, FR; Arsenic, Lausanne CH; Pierogi, Leipzig; Kunstpunkt, Berlin. www.eriksmith.de
RE-SPACE / Take Back the Space
10 Years Network of Independent Berlin Project Spaces and Initiatives
c/o KUNSTPUNKT BERLIN, Schlegelstraße 6, 10115 Berlin
Opening hours: 19.9.-13.10.2019, 15-19 Uhr
as part of ”re-space”
Netzwerke freier Berliner
Projekträume und -initiativen,
Schlegelstrasse 6, 10115 Berlin
AABBCCDVcenters on the 2012 demolition of a Miami FL arts building and former home to DimensionsVariable (DV), an artist-run project space that was forced to vacate the premises to make way for new development. Smith’s work presented for (re)space as a model of CHANGING ROOM is the third iteration of a scale suburban house found inside the DV building prior to demolition. Recreated as a floor work, the footprint of the house has been cut out of the surfaces of the plot and its rubber top layer compressed to fit the overall 1x1 m dimensions. Combined with the 12” record edition of the DV building’s demolition, the work juxtaposes the disintegration of the suburban model with the destruction of the arts building, setting up oppositions of presence/absence, support/collapse, weightiness/dematerialization.
Christmas Concert with the Psychedelic Choir
Spend a charming Christmas with the Psychedelic Choir in a concert for adults only. Join us for splintered Christmas trees, explosive gifts, alien sounds, messy melodies.
The Psychedelic Choir* is a musical band. Seven women. Vocals + bass. They intonate haunted ambient sounds in combination with witchcraft rituals. Their bass player Leah (NADJA) provides a mesmerizing sonic foundation of drones and processed sounds.
Psychedelic Choir is a group of Berlin-based improvisers.
*A stunning orchestra of alien sounds, at times difficult to believe they emanated from human bodies.
The work ebbed and flowed in intensity, ranging from light breath work, to soft rain sounds, to the cacophonous screeches of exotic animals and the razor blade noises of inorganic materials….
And, indeed, most sounds were abstracted from their clear referents. Though one might try, the experience becomes less about discerning a recognizable soundscape—a forest, for example—and more about allowing the experience of sound to wash over the body. The audience is prompted to reconsider its relationship to sound, relinquishing the categorical impulse to associate sound with phenomenon, and instead surrendering to the psychosomatic experience of abstract noise.
Sarah Messerschmidt // Berlin ArtLink // Feb. 01, 2019
Zorka Wollny (initiator of the choir) creates acoustic compositions for institutions, factories and empty buildings. Her works inhabit a space between art, theatre and contemporary music, and are always closely connected to the historic and functional context of specific architectural sites. She collaborates—in a director-like mode—with musicians, actors and dancers and, each time, with members of local communities as well. Her works have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the ICA in London, CTM Festival in Berlin, Savvy Contemporary in Berlin, De Appel in Amsterdam, etc.
Leah Buckareff is a Canadian musician, currently based in Berlin, Germany. Since 2005, she has been the bassist in the duo Nadja, with whom she has released multiple albums on such labels as Alien8, Important Records, Conspiracy Records, Hydrahead, and Daymare Recordings. She has toured extensively around the world, including performances at such festivals as FIMAV, Unsound, Donaufest and CTM.
Lyllie Rouvière is a dancer and choreographer. She dances with Doris Uhlich, Boris Charmatz, collaborates with Julian Weber and Suddenly collective and also makes work in a variety of formats such as video and performance. She continues to explore interactions between space and body in recent singing performances with Colin Self, gathering voices and the Psychedelic Choir.
Karoline Strys is a performance artist working at the margins of voice, dance and text. Her work is characterized by a philosophical perspective that is permanently engaged in the complexity of a possible translation into and out of the body, regarding the interrelation of different modes of performativity and always with a focus on the specificity of listening. She is the co-founder of the make a move collective – a site-specific performance group working with elements of contemporary dance and parkour in urban architecture.
Pauline Payen is a performer, dancer, artist. She has recently performed and exhibited e.g. at Palais de Tokyo-Paris, Platforma HR-Zagreb, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature-Paris, Uferstudios Berlin, Gallery Ida Schmidt-New York. Over the past several years, Pauline developed a particular interest in sound material, conducting physical research in the studio on psychological sound techniques such as Musak, super-charged-positive-affirmations and binaural beats.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Ana Kavalis is a performer, dancer, actress, and educator based in Berlin since 2004. Her distinctive artistic career has been characterized by its crossing of boundaries, the disruption of theatrical stage language, the experimentation with new forms of exchange with the audience and the continuous questioning of identity. Her work is developed on the terrain of physical theater, dance, and performance.
Irina Gheorghe works primarily with performance, in combination with collage, installation and video, to address the tensions which appear in the attempt to speak about things beyond our possibilities of observation, from extraterrestrial life to hypothetical planets. Irina also works with Alina Popa as part of the artist duo The Bureau of Melodramatic Research to investigate how passions shape contemporary society. Her work was shown at Swimming Pool Sofia, Changing Room Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Art Derry, Glasgow International, HOME Manchester, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, etc.
Gosia Gajdemska is a choreographer, dancer, dance educator and performance artist. In her artistic practice, she combines contemporary dance, improvisation, contact improvisation, somatic techniques and influences from video art and film, touching upon such notions as (re)presentation, image, and identity. She is also co-founder of the IN.TO Collective, which creates works around choreography, fashion, and visual arts.
Florence Freitag is a Berlin-based artist, writer & curator working across performance/dance, video and voice. She is currently listening to mourning voices and bird sounds, collaborates with Sandhya Daemgen on the series What’s That Noise?, hosts camerabodyeye workshops with Camille Käse and facilitates collective sensorial journeys with Lisa Stewart. Florence is part of the queer feminist collective Altes Finanzamt e.V. and co-founder of TanzRaumGörlitz.