Opening today’s Rethinking Music Ecosystems thread at 14:00 in the Kunstquartier Bethanien Projektraum is Emma Warren, who presents a talk on her acclaimed self-published book, Make Some Space: Tuning Into Total Refreshment Centre. She will then follow the talk with a workshop titled “How to Document Your Culture;” limited capacity, first come first served.
Congo today faces an increasing demand for cobalt, exploitation by international corporations, and the destruction of the local population’s habitat. “Hercules of Lubumbashi,” an oratorio for 11 Congolese and European musicians, a dancer, and a singer, allows audience members to bear witness to these unsettling Congolese realities.
A lecture by cultural anthropologist Graham St John explores the concept of transformation employed across a variety of cultures, honing in on psytrance, music festivals, and Burning Man in particular. He sets the scene for a programme dedicated to altered states and ecstatic communities, and will be followed by a panel with !luuli, Lucy, and Jessica Ekomane; and a sound bath meditation.
Berghain welcomes a special commission by Ashley Fure, titled “Hive Rise.” Arrive early to catch the adventurous exploration of the kinetic side of sound; stay to catch a new live set from PTP affiliate Dis Fig, a dark and ceremonial performance from Mohammad, and the nightmarish psychedelia of Rakta.
Today’s Studio 1 Discourse programme looks at Liminoid Technologies & Aesthetics, opening with a talk from Emile Frankel, author of Hearing the Cloud. He asks an age-to-come question: if a sound plays for no one but you (or bots) to hear it, can it really matter in a political sense?
What would it be like if, just like a computer, you could switch off your body every now and then? What does it feel like to be dependent on a machine or on others? Tonight at HAU2 is a performance of “The Non-Present Performer” by Karel van Laere, in which the performance artist surrenders his body to a hypnotist, choreographer, and three dancers.
A day of Hacklab related talks and presentations opens with “Notes Toward an Animist Technology” by Hacklab co-host Tad Ermitaño. Departing from the uneven distribution of modernity apparent in Manila, Ermitaño considers the possibility of an animist technology, and what uses magic might still serve.
Those who missed last night’s sold out opening concert have the chance to catch the reprise tonight. “Frontera,” by Animals of Distinction with choreography by Dana Gingras, considers the visibility of human bodies amidst an era of aggressive nationalism and corporate mass surveillance. Opening is Jasmine Guffond, who performs live ahead of the release of Microphone Permission on Editions Mego.