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Tickets on sale now for Rewire 2021’s offline edition, The Hague, Sep 10-18

19 July 2021

The Hague’s Rewire festival returns for an offline edition running September 10 to 18, with tickets on sale now.

After hosting their 2021 edition in May, for which AQNB produced the Reversal Agents podcast series, the Hague based festival is presenting a “snapshot of the full Rewire experience” over four days, with performances, exhibits and installations across multiple venues from the likes of Pan Daijing, Loraine James, Lyra Pramuk, Lee Gamble, Laurie Spiegel and Mark Fell, alongside many others.

Tickets are available now for Rewire 2021’s offline edition, taking place over four days in the Hague on September 10 through 18, 2021.

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Demystification Committee debuts ECHO FX, an audiovisual presentation on representing Brexit financial markets

30 June 2021

British collective Demystification Committee is releasing the stream of ECHO FX on June 30 at 7PM BST. The AV film revisits the sociopolitical and economic tumult following the Brexit referendum results during the week of its fifth anniversary.

ECHO FX situates itself in story of Nigel Farage, a former trader that manipulated the market and famously shorted the Pound on the June 2016 night of Brexit Vote. Farage conceded a defeat he knew unlikely so as to maximize profits on the Pound crash. The film attempts to challenge dominant representations of the event, combining footage with social media, market timelines, and replayed reactions of investors earning millions.

Demystification Committee’s ECHO FX is streaming via their website on June 30 at 7PM BST.

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Christian Thomsen (Fjorsk) presents a haunting & playfully gothic exhibition with opening night performances at Trauma Bar und Kino, Jun 4–18

4 June 2021

Christian Thomsen (Fjorsk) is presenting the exhibition I’m In Love With A Ghost at Trauma Bar und Kino, Berlin, running June 4 to June 18, 2021.

With spectral paintings, sculptures and metalworks, Fjorsk’s work has a playfully gothic quality, evoking ghost stories and fantasy. As alluded to in the press text: “Some kind of spirit lures into the forest. Lures into the sea. Sings songs. Charms and enchants.”

The opening event for I’m In Love With A Ghost on Friday June 4, 5pm, will feature performances by 1000bodies and in.finit, and a closing event will take place with further details to be announced.

See the Facebook event page for more information.**

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Wysing Arts Centre announces 12th edition of Polyphonic, Under Ether, featuring FAUZIA, YA YA Bones, & more

18 May 2021

Wysing Arts Centre is presenting the twelfth edition of their Polyphonic annual music and sound festival, Under Ether. The event is scheduled to take place online and live at The Centre during September, 2021.

Under Ether speculates on esoteric and magical futures, comrpised of three rituals hosted across Wysing Arts Centre’s phyiscal and digitial sites. Curated by Anne Duffau, the programme includes a necw live outdoor stage with musicians FAUZIA, CAMPerVan, YA YA Bones, and other acts exploring sonic forms of optimism and resistance. UK sound artist and DJ, Ain Bailey will host a closed door workshop on shared healing, which aims to connect themes from Wysing’s summer exhibition, Version. New Art City will hold the final ritual online at WysingBroadcasts.art, reiterating the recordings from the September 4 live event into digital space.

Early bird tickets are availabe now for Wysing Polyphonic’s live event with FAUZIA, YA YA Bones, CAMPerVan, and more on September 4, 2021.

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AQNB presents a special podcast series for Rewire 2021’s online radio programme, featuring Evan Ifekoya, Jack Halberstam, Zach Blas & more

22 April 2021

Rewire announces the radio programme for its 2021 online festival, featuring a new podcast series produced by AQNB, Reversal Agents, to be broadcast via Rewire’s website from May 6 to 9.

Featuring discussions with artist Evan Ifekoya, queer theorist Jack Halberstam, artist and writer Every Ocean Hughes, AQNB’s Reversal Agents podcast for Rewire examines notions of the past and the future, human agency and healing, in music, art and online culture right now. Also featuring audio works by Most Dismal Swamp, Clay AD, Zach Blas with xin and Aya Sinclair, Reversal Agents cover topics including the structural conditions affecting health, queer notions of time and the apocalypse, contemporary mysticism, the psychedelic imagination today and more.

Rewire’s online edition this year runs over four days in early May and includes the likes of Aïsha Devi, Bby Eco, Hyph11E, Johanna Hedva, Tabita Rezaire and more.

Rewire’s 2021 online edition runs May 6 to 9, 2021. See the Rewire website for more details.**


AQNB x Rewire: Reversal Agents (2021). Promo image.
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AQNB is looking for a WordPress expert to help with some site bug fixes & to move to a new host, starting ASAP

1 April 2021

Looking for a WordPress expert to help us with some site bug fixes & to move to a new host to start straight away.

You should be familiar with working on custom WordPress themes & ideally have built one. Experience with JavaScript, Shopify, as well as some proficiency in PHP, highly desired.

Email us at jean.kay@aqnb.com with tkobialka@gmail.com in cc.

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Don Edler’s hybrid political satire, experimental doc & speculative horror screening at Hunter Shaw Fine Art, Jan 10-Feb 7

7 February 2021

Don Edler is screening film Devil You Know online at LA’s Hunter Shaw Fine Art, running January 10 to February 7, 2021.

The LA-based artist behind last November’s Two Minutes to Midnight solo exhibition collaborated with OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model to write the script, which is described as a “hybrid of political satire, experimental documentary, and speculative horror”.

Devil You Know presents a near-future dystopia where the existing structures of contemporary United States media and capitalist nationalism is propagated through automated misinformation.

Watch film on the Hunter Shaw Fine Art website.**

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London’s CURL drops a typically surreal & symbiotic group effort for their Curl Compilation 2 cassette & download release, Jan 11

12 January 2021

London label and collective CURL released their Curl Compilation 2 cassette and download on January 11.

Featuring artists, writers and producers such as co-founder Coby Sey, Roxanne Tataei, Daisy Moon, Bunny Hoova, baby___asl, and others, the LP consists original music and sound pieces made by people from CURL’s loose London network. Also including Leah Walker & Rebecca Salvadori, Wu-Lu, PK Brako, Sissy Fuss, Olivia Salvadori, Suny and Pelin Pelin, contributors have either performed at CURL shows and parties, played with their live band or attended their events and shown support.

AQNB editor Steph Kretowicz‘s ‘BSAD (buy shit and die)’ audio-narrative collaboration with producer Ben Babbitt also features—which premiered as part of Berlin’s 3hd 2020 last year. Kretowicz took part in CURL’s performance around recent Artist Statement podcast interviewee Akinola Davies Jr‘s ‘Mayonnaise, Corn on the Cob and My Car’ short film screening at an earlier edition of the festival. The filmmaker’s own musical field recordings make several haunting appearances throughout Curl Compilation 2.**

See the CURL Bandcamp page for details.**

Curl Compilation 2 (2021). Press image. Courtesy CURL, London.
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Czech curatioral platform PAF concludes online event series with PAF New York, featuring BCAA system, galen tipton, & more on December 12 & 13

11 December 2020

PAF Olomouc is presenting their online PAF New York event on December 12 and 13. This is the final event of the Czech curatioral platform’s three-part PAF Olomouc series across London, Oloumouc, and New York.

Staged as a virtual game experience by Prague collective BCAA system with contributing artists galen tipton, Jonáš Gruska, h5io6i54k, Matyáš Maláč, medieval cortex, and ver, PAF New York creates a sinkhole of liminal experiences out of banal everyday routines.

The Prague-based interdisciplinary collective is the final contributor the PAF’s event series, which featured artists Babeworld, Jesse Kanda, and Billy Bultheel earlier in November 2020.

Check the PAF website for more info.**

BCAA system for PAF New York (2020). Photo courtesy PAF.

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Speculative imaginings on AI, authenticity & a future Singapore in Lawrence Lek’s AIDOL 爱道 (OST), releasing via Hyperdub today, November 27

27 November 2020

Lawrence Lek is releasing AIDOL 爱道 (OST), via London’s Hyperdub, today, November 27, 2020.

This new soundtrack release features music from Lek’s feature length film first shown at London’s Sadie Coles HQ, and more recently as part of Unsound Festival. The third in a series of video by the artist that includes 2016’s Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD) and 2017’s Geomancer, AIDOL 爱道 builds on Lek’s science fiction universes exploring notion around AI, authenticity, and geopolitics, set against a future imagining of Singapore.

As stated by Lek, discussing AIDOL 爱道 in his conversation with AQNB associate editor Jared Davis for our Artist Statement podcast earlier in the year: “it’s not just this idea of post-humanism, trans-humanism or non-humanism that’s interesting to me. It’s this allegorical nature of a non-human subject.”

See Hyperdub to purchase and listen back to our podcast episode with Lawrence Lek for more.

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The Artist Self-Publishers’ Fair returns for a digital cable TV streaming bazaar with 100 artists

22 September 2020

Returning for its sixth edition, the Artist Self-Publishers’ (ASP) Fair will take place this weekend on September 26 and 27, for a fully online iteration featuring 100 artists and publishers, presented by ICA, London. 

For this digital edition of the fair — which features self-publishers such as Emily Pope, Hate Zine, Black Lodge Press to name a few — ASP have drawn inspiration from cable TV and home shopping media. The fair will be a “streaming bazaar” online where visitors can chat with the stall holders, view performances, readings, screenings and purchase zines.

In addition to the publishers that also include the likes of Arts of the Working Class, Nervemeter among others, ASP has programmed guest performers for each day, such as “trans chancers” and arts writers The Right Lube, interdisciplinary artists R.I.P. Germain, Ruth Angel Edwards, as well as musicians Lolina and Scratcha DVA and more.

See the ASP website for more details.**

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Exploring miasma as ghostly presence with a live sonic fable by Ewa Awe in London for AQNB x 3hd 2020, Sep 26

15 September 2020

AQNB x 3hd 2020: Hyperobjectivity, a performance event for small groups featuring a new work by Ewa Awe, takes place at an undisclosed outdoor location in London on Saturday September 26, 2020, presented as part of 3hd 2020’s ECO-Centers companion programme.

In keeping with the ECO-centers theme of a nature-centered political philosophy known as ‘ecocentrism’, Hyperobjectivity explores the ungraspable concerns around climate change, the pandemic and a failing capitalist system that problematise anthropocentrism, colonialist frameworks, and our false mastery over nature. Uncertainty marks this moment, but also a feeling of potential new ways of thinking emerging—away from rationality and objectivity.

For Hyperobjectivity, we have invited London-based Polish artist Ewa Awe (aka Ewa Poniatowska), who has performed at the likes of Tate Modern, London as well as Beursschouwburg Brussels, to respond to these themes. Her work for the event, titled ‘New Miasma Theory Chapter 2’—the second in an eponymous series of fantastical sonic fables—will consist of narrated sonic walks in an outdoor London location, culminating in a ceremonial performance. Exploring the notions of miasma as ghostly presence and ethereal symbols of collective beliefs, ‘New Miasma Theory Chapter 2’ welcomes an audience towards reverie, blurring boundaries between reality and fiction. Produced in collaboration with writer Sanja Grozdanic, the project evokes oral storytelling rituals.

Highly limited bookings for socially-distanced groups of six people are available via Eventbrite. For those unable to attend, the project will be in part documented and shared online.

See the 3hd 2020 website for more details.**

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Quantum Natives release free download of otherworldly ambient video game Cryptic Island Eco-Sanctuary

14 August 2020

Quantum Natives is releasing a free download video game of recent signee enchanted landsCryptic Island Eco-Sanctuary today on itch.io.

Cryptic Island Eco-Sanctuary (2020). Courtesy the label.
Cryptic Island Eco-Sanctuary (2020). Courtesy the label.

Described by the label as an ‘an ambient exploratory experience’, Cryptic Island Eco Sanctuary intertwines the serene and surreal. Talismans and anthropomorphized stones are nestled across the game’s misty landscapes, constituting subtle details of this otherworldly getaway suitable for experiencing amidst lockdown.

Quantum Natives’ otherworldly ambient video game Cryptic Island Eco Sanctuary is available for free download today

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Before and After explores the serendipity of nature, music, & isolation, July 19 – 26

23 July 2020

From July 19 to July 26 in the wilderness of Baveno, Italy, Before and After is hosting a series of events on sustainable futures and new environmentalism through sonic mediation.

The program is organized by Tones on the Stones in collaboration with Terraforma festival’s Threes, featuring Hyperdub‘s Mana, Nicolàs Jaar, as well as environmentalist practitioners Riccardo Blumer, Emanuele Coccia and others. Limited to an audience of 30 people and online streaming, the series will generate a temporary micro-community to assess the value of nature as a place for artistic possibility.

See the Before and After website for more information.

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LIMBO magazine launches today as an initiative to provide new paid work for creatives, July 13

13 July 2020

Launching today, LIMBO is a new physical magazine with all profits from sales and advertising going directly to contributing artists and the magazine staff. 

Edited by Francesca Gavin and featuring over 100 contributors, the magazine includes work from a broad range of artists including Paul Maheke, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Evan Ifekoya as well as Lloyd Corporation. Spanning visual arts, music, fashion, essays and more, LIMBO also features contributions made by well established creatives and business such as Vivienne Westwood who have waived their fees for the initiative.

See the LIMBO website for more details.**

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Read an open letter by over 60 Black artists & cultural workers in Switzerland to address anti-Black racism in the country’s arts institutions

17 June 2020

Over 60 Black artists and cultural workers in Switzerland have signed an open letter to address anti-Black racism within the country’s arts institutions, in an action that could serve as a useful template for similar calls globally.

Sent to 77 Swiss organisations last week, the letter demands a long term and concrete commitment to change, following social media posts by these institutions on social media. As stated in the letter: “We hereby ask you to be truly accountable and take action beyond the stage of social media. We ask you to implement real, tangible change and to become section leaders when it comes to anti-racist practices in the arts and culture landscape of Switzerland.”

The letter is available in English, French and German, making for a valuable resource towards further action against anti-Black racism in other contexts worldwide.

You can read the letter in full here.

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100+ labels & artists compiled by DJ & producer Raheim to spotlight black-owned operations before Bandcamp’s fee free Friday, Jun 5

5 June 2020

Raheim (aka Rahim Afful-Brown) has put together a list of 100+ black-owned labels to look out for ahead of Bandcamp‘s effort to support artists impacted by COVID-19 by waiving all sales fees on Friday, June 5.

The online music company’s effort has become imbued with added urgency as Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and systemic racism took off in the United States and the world, following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. London-based producer Afful-Brown—who also presents a monthly show on Reprezent Radio—sent out a tweet looking for black-owned labels on Wednesday, which gained so much traction he’s shared a public spreadsheet of artists and organisations to look out for today and in the future.

Put together with artist and musician Annie Pearson, the resource list is organised according to label name, owner and genre, along with Twitter handles, SoundCloud, Discogs and Bandcamp accounts, where applicable. The guide includes names like UNIIQU3’s Club Queen Records, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland’s World Music and MikeQ’s Qween Beat, as well as Teklife, Rhythm Section, Scratcha DVA & Shy One’s DVA Music, Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder, Actress’s Werk Discs, and many more.

Bandcamp’s fee-free Friday is running from midnight to midnight PST on Friday, June 5.

You can see Raheim’s list of labels here.

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Announcing even my dreams don’t go outside: An AQNB art & music compendium from our community, out Apr 22

13 April 2020

AQNB is releasing even my dreams don’t go outside, a download-only album of new music and visual works on April 22.

Compiled and curated by our team, the compendium features contributions from artists featured on the platform in the recent past, alongside those helping to define our scene into the future. It’s inspired by the endless scroll of introspection that has come to define this time in global crisis, while aiming to build positive momentum and financial support for the artists involved during lockdown.

Music contributions come from Dasychira, Elvin Brandhi, Fauness, Keru Not Ever, Rui Ho, ssaliva and others, as well as visual pieces by Tea Stražičić, Alexander Iezzi, Emma Pryde and more. See the lovely cover art by Jennifer Mehigan below.

More to come, watch this space.**

even my dreams don’t go outside (2020). Compendium cover artwork by Jennifer Mehigan. Courtesy AQNB, London.
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Traumabarundkino makes room for some things new with events from Juliana Huxtable, Ziúr, Year0001 & more through February

5 February 2020

Happening throughout February, Berlin’s Traumabarundkino will be presenting a number of events, alongside and independent of the ongoing curatorial program for Mary-Audrey Ramirez & LUKAS8K‘s QT, UR, EA collaborative exhibition.

The Mitte-based venue has been working towards diverse collaborations with a spectrum of creative organisations and artists, since establishing itself in June 2018. This month that focus reaches a new level by featuring the five-year anniversary of Stockholm’s Year0001 label, the inaugural Break It Off presented by Juliana Huxtable and Ziúr, as well the launch of Borshch Magazine‘s ‘Dark Side’ issue, plus other things.

Here’s the list of scheduled events so far:

See the Traumabarunkino FB event page for details.**

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