Hypernatural Sounds #3: Exit Strategies at Liebig12 / Monday, 22.08.2016
Doors 19:30h – Performances start 20:30h
Door: 6-10 euros
HYPERNATURAL SERIES: THE PHILOSOPHY OF SOUNDS is a series curated by Pedro Lopes and Desiree Förster. This series brings together musicians and theorists for sharing with the audience the philosophy behind sound art and music.
In our current western society, we experience “Exits” everywhere – we long for them, we fear them, we can hardly believe them when they happen to us; we exit our affiliations, we exit identities and genres, we exit everything. Exit strategies in culture or artistic practice can provide structures for distribution and creation, enable creativity, or trigger our deep-down utopian visions in form of escapist arrangements.
At Hypernatural Sounds # 3: Exit Strategies, we will engage directly in the heart of this discussion. Not by merely theorizing it from a distance, but by engaging in conversation (and in concerts) with three musicians which in their own way testify for different exit strategies. The performances will be followed by an extended discussion round including the artists, Allegra Solitude (Liebig12), Lieke Ploeger (Spektrum), and DIYchurch.
Mikko Savela is a guitarist of Finnish origin, born and based in Umeå, Sweden. Mikko’s work entails not just unique ways of playing a guitar by destroying it through percussion, but also a manual on how to break away from trends and norms, which are deeply embedded in the acoustic guitar – perhaps the most mainstream musical object of all times. Mikko’s work is as physical as it is creative.
Liz Albee is a musician who works with the imaginarchic potential of sonic material. Her work constantly challenges the limit of the instrument and the surroundings, which includes merging the trumpet with a myriad of objects and of course the human body. Liz is a creator of lo-fi technologies for instrument extension, entailing extremely performative explorations of non-idiomatic music.
Martyna Poznanska is a sound artist whose investigations dig into all those small sounds around us, those omnipresent pieces of acoustic ecology: noise within urban environments. Her work, through field recordings, compositions, and installations is as much about the sounds that she triggers as about your role in listening — an open invitation to explore the listener’s side inside the performance.
When it comes to artists, the question of positioning oneself and one’s own artwork in relation to society is crucial. In art, unlike in the aforementioned business world, one can easily “sell out” while seeking survival-in-this-harsh-capitalistic-empire and quickly become uninteresting. On the contrary, many opt for hiding in “underground” niches and find funding sources outside the art world. Many gray scales in between exist, and all of these together inform each artist’s position and exit strategies. But, what do artists try to escape?
This “exit strategies” event is kindly broadcasted by DIYChurch, a radio show that has been live streaming/remixing/repurposing the experimental scene since 2010 with a DIY attitude and a zine-like outlook (read more here too). DIYchurch airs via the Reboot.FM network (a berlin-based fm community radio) and is eternally and communally available at archive.org.
Hypernatural Sounds #3: Exit Strategies
Monday 22nd August 2016 | 20:30 CET
Liebig12 | Liebig Str. 12 | 10247 Berlin/Friedrichshain