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Das Hund @ Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Nov 10

7 November 2016

As part of the Das Hund – Alternative Living Tour, Das Hund will be performing at Los Angeles’ Hauser Wirth & Schimmel on November  10.

The London-based duo, including Samuel Levack & Jennifer Lewandowski, works across performance, installation, music, poetry, video, painting and sculpture. They’ve been on tour at various locations across California, starting on October 14 with a a two-week residency at the outdoor desert living experiment Wagon Station Encampment run by Andrea Zittel. 

The performance project invites guest musicians to collaborate with the duo, and is part of Hauser & Wirth’s live series After 5. Joined by guitarist Nicholas Pankhurst and musical director Bryan Mills, the shows will feature “spoken poetry and songs – accompanied by live instruments and looped drumbeats remixed using analogue tape delays, with the artists’ films projected across the set.”

See the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel website for details.**



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Das Hund – Alternative Living Tour, Oct 14- Nov 14

12 October 2016

Samuel Levack & Jennifer Lewandowski present a fundraising exhibition Das Hund – Alternative Living Tour taking place at various locations around California beginning October 14 and running to November 14.

Their tour will begin in Joshua Tree National Park with a two-week residency at the outdoor desert living experiment Wagon Station Encampment run by Andrea ZittelDuring this time, the duo will shoot footage for their new film and will be travelling with writer Ellen Mara De Wachter who has been commissioned to write the script “contextualising the journey against the backdrop of the concurrent US presidential election.” They will also be working on the content for their band Das Hund‘s debut record which is being released in 2017.

The tour will carry on to Los Angeles, where they will perform at Actual Size LA on November 5 and Hauser Wirth & Schimmel on November 10 as part of live series After 5, joined by guitarist Nicholas Pankhurst and musical director Bryan Mills. The performances will feature “spoken poetry and songs – accompanied by live instruments and looped drumbeats remixed using analogue tape delays, with the artists’ films projected across the set.”

Visit the artist webpage for more details.**

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Alternative Equinox: Das Hund mini-EP mix

25 November 2014

Multi-disciplinary artists and collaborators Samuel Levack & Jennifer Lewandowski will be launching a moving image and architectural installation in Bethnal Green, running November 25 to 30,  upstairs in their storefront gallery French Riviera. As a shared space that also doubles as a studio and once even tripled as the artists’ residence, it’s an all-too-familiar emblem of the resourcefulness required to keep afloat in a city as expensive as London. In responding to the tightening noose of property development and corporate crawl, Alternative Equinox pays tribute to the artist’s former home while exploring their contemporary socio-political context through personal experience as artists living in the global city.

To mark the occassion, Levack & Lewandowski produced a taster mix of tracks from an as-yet-untitled and unfinished EP due for release somewhere in the near future through their musical project Das Hund & The Pilgrim Shells. The three songs lumber along guitar, keys and effects pedals to produce a drum-machine driven ambience that follows Levack’s talk-sung lyrics over a trundling ‘Japanese Poem’, while Lewandowski joins in with an echo of a harmony in ‘Normal Love, Pilgrim’ Remix. In closer ‘London, Blissed Out’, a persistent sense of woozy transience and motion sickness trails the Country Western strum of the New Frontier as Levack’s offtune moan reveals, “she said nothing since London”.

It’s telling that the literary inspiration for the exhibition and EP, Alternative London by late-activist Nicholas Saunders, should appear on the book depositories of retailers like Waterstones and Amazon.com, 40 years since it was first self-published. Because as squats, spirituality and even the term ‘alternative’ are overrun by a culture of commodity where no-one and nothing is safe from the reach of capital interests, Levack & Lewandowski’s site-specific immersive installation explores the point where Paradise ends and the nightmare begins. An equinox is the two times of the year where day and night is of equal duration across both hemispheres. This Alternative Equinox, celebrated about a month after the last one’s September 22 date, reveals the New Imbalance of an increasingly stratified economic context.

The selection of video, painting, sculpture, textiles and scents recognises art’s fight against, and complicity in generating this very context by presenting “dystopian and utopian visions as poetic cityscapes” filmed during the actual spring and autumn equinoxes and evoking “a nostalgic vision of utopian living”. But as nostalgia implies a valorised perception of an always imperfect past, the implication isn’t so much that inequality is necessarily a new occurence but one that the artist is beginning to notice.

Featuring a specially commissioned text by writer and curator Francesca Gavin, as well as a 2015 performance program to begin in January, co-curated with Attilia Fattori Franchini, Alternative Equinox responds to a time where a turn away from the mainstream is a fashion statement driven by a cultural producer that’s produced itself out of a livelihood. **

Jennifer Lewandowski and Samuel Levack’s Alternative Equinox installation is on at London’s French Riviera, running from November 25 to 30, 2014.

Header image: Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski,  ‘Alternative Equinox’ (2014). Digital video still. Courtesy the artists.

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