Darkness Bright

HKW, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin Map
Tickets: 18 € / 15 € reduced


22:30 23:55

21:00 Demdike Stare – world premiere
22:30 Gatekeeper "Exo" – German premiere


Following a conversation with sci-fi writer Alejandro Jodorowsky, this exclusive double-bill of sci-fi tinged performances takes you further into and beyond the confines of the Jodoverse.

The energies of the Dark Incal are probably what drives the audiovisual live set by the acclaimed duo Demdike Stare, who are appropriating the imagery of Jodorowsky and Moebius exceptionally for this night. Get ready for a space and time-defying descent into the netherworld that is Demdike Stare’s multilayered approach to music and film history, seemingly fuelled by some obscure cosmic drug.

The second performance adopts the more utopian spirit of The Bright Incal, as New York duo Gatekeeper take us on an otherworldly tour through their fictive ecosystem, Exo, a audiovisual performance that the authors describe as an exercise in “Pineal activation. IMAX phantasy. Drippy acid ecosystems. HD....everything.”, and which is further described by Pitchfork reviewer Nick Neyland as an attempt to “accelerate the nostalgia cycle by retro-frying the present”. The muscular synth thrills of Exo reference industrial bruitism and the piercing sounds of acid house, and are accompanied by the glossy imagery of a hypereal first-person 3-D gaming environment created by Tabor Robak. Sampling of well-known tropes of science fiction and games, Exo evokes an alien exoplanetary experience in HD sound and vision.

Tickets include the talk with Alejandro Jodorowsky, which precedes the performances (talk begins at 20:30). Jodorowsky will be present via video conference. Performances start 22:30.

In collaboration with transmediale.


Tabor Robak[US]

“Terminator” (2010) / “Rocks” (2011) / “Explosions” (2010)

Tabor Robak’s work blatantly exhibits a decisive love for virtual culture and a digital-only, “post-retro” aesthetic that throws each and any desire for authenticity overboard.


Brooklyn’s Matthew Arkel (gallerist and curator) and Aaron Ross (producer and performer) segued their Gatekeeper project from horror pop in 2010 to digital phantasia in 2012. Their debut album, Exo, (Hippos in Tanks, 2012) is an interactive, HD, immersive, simulative play on late 90s club and commercial music.

Demdike Stare[UK]

The collaborative project of Modern Love’s Miles Whittaker (MLZ, Pendle Coven, Daughter of the Industrial Revolution) and the professional record collector Sean Canty is named after a 17th century witch and delves deeply into horror, occult, and 80s industrial aesthetics.

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