V-A-C launches its new Moscow headquarters with the Geometry of Now sound art project, Feb 20 – 27

20 February 2017

V-A-C is launching its future home at Moscow’s GES-2 with the Geometry of Now project, opening February 20 and running to February 27.

The V-A-C foundation is dedicated to the “international presentation, production and development of Russian contemporary art” and will be opening a new headquarters at the former power station. Built in 1907,  the building sits along the banks of the Moskva River, and will be revived and re-constructed to house new interventions by artists.

Geometry of Now will be a series of installations, workshops, lectures ad performances dedicated to sound-art to kick off the reconfiguration of the architectural space. Curated by Mark Fell, the ambitious project includes contributions by 75 artists, with installations by Florian Hecker, Theo Burt, Hannah Sawtell and Carl Michael Von Hausswolff among others. 

There will a series of performances, with Stephen O’Malley with Alexey Tegin, as well as an early and late evening program with sets by Equiknoxx, JlinInga CopelandLee Scratch Perry and Dubblestandart, among many others.

In addition to performance, there are also a number of exciting lectures, workshops and in-conversations, including the Modular synthesis workshop with Keith Fullerton Whitman and Jack Adams (aka Mumdance), the ‘Gender – Politics – Sound’ discussion with Georgina Born and Terre Thaemlitz, and moderated by Andrey Parshikov,  the ‘Novel Approaches for 3-D Sound Spatialisation’ workshop with Paul Modler and Markus Noisternig and ‘Approaches to Field Recording’ with Jana Winderen , Gleb Glonti, Katya Reshetnikova, and Christophe Charles moderated by Tony Myatt and more.

See the GES-2 website for the full programme and more details.**

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Emotional healing: Our top picks + a guide to CTM Festival + transmediale 2017

27 January 2017

This year is the 18th edition of Berlin’s CTM Festival of contemporary electronic and digital music, opening January 27 and running to February 5, opening alongside transmediale, which also starts today and runs to March 5.

The 2017 theme Fear Anger Love will look at a range of experimental music and artistic projects relating to sound, “in response to current societal issues and crises, which themselves seem to be increasingly driven by emotion.”

Elysia Crampton, ‘Dissolution of The Sovereign: A Time Slide Into The Future’ (2016). Performance still. Courtesy the artist + South London Gallery.

In an attempt to sift through the enormous events programmes, we’ve put together a guide of our top picks, including a breakdown of the international festival for art and digital culture transmediale that has been running alongside CTM since 1999 and is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.

Running throughout the festival will be the CTM 2017 MusicMakers Hacklab: a collaborative laboratory run by artist Byrke Lou and Create Digital Music editor Peter Kirn. It will run for the duration of the festival, exploring the irrational through a theme called ‘Emotional Invention,’ and will culminate with a finale of live performance by the participants on February 5.

Additionally on show throughout, will be the world premier installation of ‘SOL’ by Kurt Hentschläger that will transform the Halle am Berghain to induce feelings of  “dislocation and timelessness,” as well as the CTM 2017 exhibition Critical Constellations of the Audio-Machine in Mexico at Kunstraum, curated by Carlos Prieto Acevedo.  

CTM Event Picks

The Great Disappointmentpresented by record label NonWorldwide, a performance event taking place over two days (bringing together five of its members including Chino Amobi and Angel Ho ) will collaborate with dancers, choreographed by Ligia Lewis @ HAU2, Jan 30, 31 

Incisive: performances by Elysia Crampton + King Britt @ Festsaal Kreuzberg, Feb 4

Xeno 111: An eclectic mix of DJ’s and performers including Amnesia Scanner and Gazelle Twin Berghain, Jan 29

GenesisP-Orridge. Image courtesy the artist + Marie Losier.

Bite of the Twin: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is presenting a concert and film screening exploring her history in identity/gender politics @ HAU1, Jan 31

 –Lexachast: sound design duo Amnesia Scanner, Pan Label founder Bill Kouligas + artist Harm van der Dorpel are collaborating with transmediale for a joint event @ HKW, Feb 3

Vertigo: a night of “steadfast psychedelia and shape-shifting house and techno” with an international line-up including Umfang (Discwoman) and James Ferraro @ Panorama Bar, Feb 3

Fervour: an evening of music with Stine Janvin Motland and Jenny Hval  ft Skrap @ HAU1, Feb 2

CTM Finale: In three parts, the big finale has an impressive line up including Nils Bech, Negroma, Toxe, Ziur and Alis among others @ SchwuZ I, Feb 5

Ziur. Image courtesy the artist + Claudia Kent

Heat: A club night of future tropical sounds featuring Virgil Abloh,  Mechatokmobilegirl and Endgame @ Panorama Bar, Feb 2

CTM Talks

Future Identities @ Kunstquartier Projektraum with  Elysia Crampton, Leil Zahra and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, Feb 2

– Nunavut-based Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq will discuss sound and activism for women’s and indigenous rights in conversation with Lisa Blanning @ Kunstquartier Projektraum, Jan 30


– Opening Night: The event will kick off the festival with an opening of exhibition alien matter, a video installation and performative reading by Jenna Sutela, an Opening Ceremony featuring Rasheedah Phillips & Moor Mother among others,a film by Olia Lialina & Kevin Bewersdorf as well as a live set to see the evening off with James Ferraro @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Feb 2

Negroma. Image courtesy the artist + Sophia Mueller.

The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda): A screening of a new film by Metahaven  @ HKW Auditorium – Feb 4

transmediale Keynote Conversations

– ‘Becoming Infrastructural – Becoming Environmental‘: Erich Hörl and Lisa Parks, moderated by Jussi Parikka @ HKW Auditorium – Feb 3

– ‘Immediate & Habitual: The Elusiveness of Mediation‘: Clemens Apprich, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and Richard Grusin @ HKW Auditorium – Feb 4

See the CTM website and transmediale website the full programs and more details.**

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Jlin + Hannah Sawtell @ #Accumulator_Plus, Nov 10

7 November 2016

Jlin and Hannah Sawtell are performing London’s #ACCUMULATOR_PLUS radio show on November 10.

Commissioned by non-profit publishing house Book Works, prolific footwork producer Jlin — who released her first album Dark Energy in 2015 — and London-based artist Sawtell will perform live at 32 Ormside St. The event will also be broadcast online with the London’s NTS radio.

The project will be a launch for the ‘#ACCUMULATOR_PLUS’ issue of printed journal The Happy Hypocrite, guest edited by Sawtell, and will act as an aural transmission and a space for the artists to explore “notions of speed, progress, and relationships between local and global space.”  There will also be other sound samples by contributors of issue 9.

See the FB event page for details**

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CTM 2016 – New Geographies, Jan 29 – Feb 7

28 January 2016

CTM electronic music and art festival returns this year across multiple spaces in Berlin, opening January 29 and running February 6.

CTM 2016 is titled New Geographies, and in direct response to rapidly collapsing borders and hybridising topographies, as well as the backlash of tense essentialist reaction to these changes, invites more artists, contributors and voices operating in less familiar localities than ever before.

Guest curators are Rabih Beaini, for the music programme and Norient who have organised a “multi-authored” exhibition with over 250 artists working in 50 different countries with video, sound and music. Cult independent film maker Vincent Moon is opening his ‘Rituals’ installation at HAU2 on January 30 and talks led by the links of The Wire editor Emily Bick and journalist Adam Harper.

Included in the amazing line up are Hatsune Miku, and MBJ Wetware who will collaborate with JG Biberkopf, for whom aqnb has recently written a series of short texts to be read alongside his unthinkable show on NTS radio.

Here are some of our recommendations:

Zones 1 with Visionist, Thug Entrancer, J.G. Biberkopf and MBJ Wetware on February 2.

Zones III with Le1f, Aïsha Devi and Tianzhuo Chen on February 4.

Flow II with Jlin, Nkisi, Nidia Minaj and Kablam on February 4.

Steven Warwick and Anna Homler’s ‘Breadwoman‘ performance on February 5.

Zones IV with Kassem Mosse and others on February 5.

Still Be Here with Hatsune Miku, featuring Laurel Halo, LaTurbo Avedon and others on February 5.

Grid Line with Why Be, Mum Dance and Rabit on February 6.

Fis at Coordinates VI on February 6.

New Geographic with OG Maco and Easter on February 6.

See the CTM website for details.**

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