Thursday, 1st of October 2020
ɅV – A Sound Writing Tool RAW [0.6,y,0.75]
The event is free of charge, but attendance is limited to COVID-19 regulations.
The new record of Research and Waves collective: ɅV – A Sound Writing Tool authored by Andreas Bülhoff & Marc Matter will be released together with audio visual presentations for response-contributions to the website-platform Attune on the 1st of October.
LIVE PERFORMANCE from Andreas Bülhoff & Marc Matter
AUDIOVISUAL PRESENTATIONS of commissioned online contributions Amina Abbas Nazari, Jorge Vega, Claudia Salamanca, Kazehito Seki, Branka Čolić and Paul Michael von Ganski as part of SEX (not all artists will be present)
ɅV (phonetic transcription for ‹of› or ‹off›) is a twelve-inch vinyl record consisting of spoken words, which can be used as a DJ-tool to compose an artificial dialogue. ɅV is at the same time a post-digital take on sound poetry as it is created due to the current landscape of online debates and their ideologies. It makes use of 32 monosyllabic words on each side which were collected from the website of the New York Times (newspaper, formal language, mainstream, liberal) and a subforum of the 4chan messageboard entitled Politically Incorrect (online messageboard, informal language, subculture, reactionary) in winter 2018/19. Recited by two synthetic voices, these platforms mirror two opposing extremes of current online debate in the materiality of a vinyl record. The selection of words made by the two artists is avoiding hate speech.
Under the question mark to “Can words be neutral?” Research and Waves collective commissioned responses and recorded uses of the record to (re)situate the speech of the sources through processes and gestures such as remixing, sampling, cutting, mashing, quoting, covering, morphing, or fading. Both the NYT and the 4chan subforum, which act as examples for a political and cultural divide around identity and class politics, are put on the line for critical discussion. By (re)connecting the missing dots between the words and their sources these fragments of speech can be appropriated for a cross-cultural conversation about forms of oppression such as racism and white supremacy, patriarchism and neoliberalism.
Andreas Bülhoff (sync zine, Library of Artistic Print on Demand, SLU&ERS) and Marc Matter
(Institut für Feinmotorik, The Durian Brothers, Salon des Amateurs) first met for a collaborative sound poetry performance at Poesiefestival Berlin in 2018, resulting in an ongoing artistic research of which ɅV is its latest manifestation. The two will present their contribution as a live performance in Changing Room.
Attune is a collaborative research platform hosted by collective and label Research and Waves that critically examines digital (re)formations of media, specifically the use of language and the emancipatory possibilities of poetic intervention in real life practices.
Amina is a designer and researcher currently undertaking a Techne funded PhD in the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art, in partnership with IBM, around the themes of Artificial Intelligence and Voice. She is also a trained singer, performing internationally with a number of choirs for over 20 years, as well as regularly for artists' projects. Amina is interested in the social, cultural and ethical implications of emerging technology. She employs voice as a medium, exploiting vocal potential to devise stories about alternate arrangements for society via design, technology and politics. She will present the work “Acoustic Ecology of an AI System” using fictional acoustics for synthesised voices and critically investigate their design in order to navigate the unseen networks of AI systems.
Jorge Vega Matos, born in 1987 in Puerto Rico, is a researcher focused on the political and cultural aspects of peripheries, edges, and in-between spaces: the grey, the informal, the taboo, the liminal, the transitory. Most of his work is based on speculative fiction, such as media, role-playing, and immersive spaces. The bulk of his work is done as co-curator of Peripheral Intuitions, a Berlin-based collective that blends artistic interventions, immersive spaces, and education guided by the senses as a way to break from logic-driven oppression while championing cultures in flux and marginalized subjectivities as agents for collective change. Jorge will present [ASDR] - Autonomous Sensory Dissociative Response, a psycholinguistic poetic fragment pointing at the political tension of language.
Claudia Salamanca received her BFA from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá Colombia with a scholarship for her work developing films with disenfranchise youth. Salamanca built her undergraduate education by combining art seminars, computer science courses and her community college education as an electronic technician. She started teaching really early in her life which made her art practice inseparable from pedagogy. Claudia got her M.A. from Rutgers University with a Fulbright Scholarship with an emphasis in Science, Technology and Culture and holds a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. Currently she lives and teaches in Bogotá, Colombia.
He is an electrifeeding voice artist, noise musician, or Self Toxication” is Kazehito’s solo musical project. His in-the-moment, site-specific live experiments that utilise the organic materials and catalysts of his body, mind, extended voice, amplification, feedback through re-amplification, room acoustics, and the existence of the audience (if there is one,) creating an observation on what noise music can be. He considers noise music (art) is a possibility for spectra instead of binaries. Nothing is good or bad without setting a specific context – observing something, there is always another point of view. Kazehito will present digital graphic scores pointing at a question: “If the words are made <neutral>, what could affect the <neutrality> of the words?”
Branka Čolić is trained as an actor and studied fine arts at the HfK Bremen with Rolf Thiele and at the HfBK Hamburg with Matt Mullican and Michaela Melian. She is part of diverse music and sound projects such as gestatten, schulz and SEX. More about her channel for self optimisation for women artists https://youtu.be/-xQSfm4bDH4. Paul Michael von Ganski works as a musician, DJ and doing transfers of forgotten classical records.
The response of Branka and Michael is titled „Wort und Stimme“, originating from the name of a series of records that was released by Telefunken in the 50s and 60s with which the artists create a contrast with ɅV – A Sound Writing Tool focusing on voice.
Photo: Kirsten Palz
Thursday, 24th of September 2020
Doors open at 7.30pm
Performance at 8pm / 9pm
Below the Sun
Song Book, Below the Sun by Kirsten Palz
On Christmas Day 1968, the Apollo 17 mission delivered a complete photographic image of the Earth, which went down in history as the "Blue Marble". The visual depiction showed a fragile, glassy-looking object and its implication was responsible for a growing ecological awareness in the decades that followed.
However, more than 50 years later, human impact on the planet through consumerism and environmental destruction has brought the world's ecology onto the verge of destruction.
‘Below the Sun’ was written against the backdrop of rising global temperature. It’s a song about the sun as the most powerful energy resource in our solar-system. Further more, the sun with its voluminous burning mass, was central for ancient mythology and modern science alike.
The premier of the score, ‘Below the Sun’
will be accompanied by a sound and media installation
at Changing Room. The computer animated imageries of burning gasses depict the processing and properties of atomic transformation. The sun’s circular sphere breaks as the gasses moves.
The score ‘Below the Sun’ is part of a continuous series of song books by Kirsten Palz. These song books touch upon different essential themes for the twenty-first century. Which include: ’Book of Verse (2016), ‘Human Biotope and Bioengineering (2019), `Do we feel Lonely ́ (2019) ‘Covid 19’(2020) and ‘Below the Sun’ (2020).
Kirsten Palz (*Copenhagen 1971) is a Danish conceptual artist. She has lived and worked in Berlin since 2001. She studied with Haim Steinbach and Lynda Benglis at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and has a Masters in Computer Science from Copenhagen University.
Her works, collected in the extensive project-archive "Sculpture as Writing" (2007-2020), deal with language and an expanded concept of sculpture. Created from the interaction between text, sculpture and surrounding space; the archive hosts circa 470 works, including performances, songbooks, choreographies, sound, three-dimensional objects and drawings.
Parts of the archive have been exhibited and performed in Berlin's independent spaces as well as international institutions: incl. Neue Nationalgalerie (Berlin), Trafo Kunsthalle (Szczecin), MOLTO Artissima (Turin), Studiolo Kunst-Werke (Berlin), NBK Neue Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin), Den Frie (Copenhagen), Spor Küblü (Berlin), Grimmuseum ( Berlin), Ozean (Berlin), Dok 11/Eden (Berlin), Grey Sheep (Berlin), Momentum (Berlin).
We have precautions in place to avoid the transmission of Covid 19. Please wear a mask upon entry !
Photo: Berit Fischer
Radical Empathy Lab
with Berit Fischer
As part of the ongoing series at Changing Room:
From Touch To Matter
- an exploration of art, politics and the self through sensory experience.
In particular during the current pandemic of Covid-19, established concepts of co-existence, inter-relationality, response-ability and care are put to test. Questions of how we want to live together – as humans and within our natural habitat– are of urgency more than ever.
The Radical Empathy Lab (REL) was founded by Berit Fischer in 2016 as a nomadic experimental platform that runs between the somatic experientable, action and critical reflection. An ongoing experimental format of affective encounter for an alternative and holistic production of knowledge, which - embraces what Brazilian theorist Suely Rolnik calls the "knowing body".
The Lab experiments with transdisciplinary and holistic advances for creating critical consciousness in which the cognitive intertwines with the non-semiotic, the sensual and experiential. It strives to activate connectivity to our sensing and knowing body to promote critical consciousness and relationality between the participants and their environment. We will experiment with holistic and collective practices, that will range from feminist and radical pedagogies, to Deep Listening exercises by experimental composer Pauline Oliveros, and meditative elements. The Radical Empathy Lab opens up a space of possibility for encounter that enables and promotes connectivity and trust in ourselves, and the “Other”.
The Radical Empathy Lab experiments with new forms of being together, that momentarily allow to reflect, to re-feel and undo a reactionary an-aesthesia (Greek: an-aesthēsis: without sensation), that is often nurtured by neoliberal capitalism and by dominant, separationist and systemic structures. REL moves between singularity and collective activity. It examines the relation between micro- and macro-dimensions of agency, as possible practices and spaces for "self-empowerment" and as an attempt to decolonise and de-subjectivate the (social) body and its relationality to the "Other".
The Lab will take place in the garden of Changing Room.
In accordance with current contact regulations, a minimum distance of 1.5 m to each other will always be maintained and direct physical contact is avoided.
Please RSVP as there are limited number of 8 participants. Please send us one sentence on you and one on why you would like to participate.
No previous knowledge necessary.
Participation fee 12 Euro
Language spoken will be English and German
Berit Fischer is a curator, spatial practitioner, scholar and writer who has worked internationally since 1999. She holds a Ph.D. from the Winchester School of Art/Southampton University, UK. Her curatorial research interests include critical spatial practices, socially produced spaces, and holistic and experiential knowledge production as a way to penetrate the status quo. In her often transdisciplinary work, she strives to activate fields of action and spaces for critical debate and critical awareness raising, practices of listening, affective encounter and relational learning. http://www.beritfischer.org