“Afro-american singer performer Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in the 1960s white, male TV series ‚Batman’ was the trigger to make this show. We found her to be an iconic figure of female empowerment which took us, six white female artists, on individual journeys making 4 chapters, gradually finding a collective super power on the way: we transcend our musical instruments to weapons, we ignite non-human energies as hybrid beings between humans and animals, we change our musical reality with linguistic actions, we examine the reality behind the system ‚machine’ and invent the antithesis to it.”
For years N.E.W. alias Sabine Ercklentz, Andrea Neumann and Ute Wassermann have been working together in different constellations in the field of experimental music. The artistic practice of the three performers is characterized by intensive sound research. They transform and expand conventional sound generators and use amplified objects and costumes, movable speakers, field recordings, talk boxes, and mouth loudspeakers. Fragile, enlarged sound textures as if under a magnifying glass, stand next to “walls of noise”. The works of the trio, which are created in close collaboration and with changing authorships, move in a field of tension between electronic music, improvisation, composition, performance and sound art. What the three artists have in common is an interest in performative genre-spanning formats.
Kaffe Matthews is a sound artist and composer in the field of live electronics. She uses her instruments (computer, violin, theremin) in connection with animate and inanimate surroundings. In collaboration with the Bicrophonic Research Institute, she develops compositions that are played while cycling and interactively shaped by movement in public space.
Katharina Ernst, born 1987, studied fine arts / abstract painting from 2006 to 2012 at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and at the Marmara Üniversitesi in Istanbul. Her work is characterized by an intensive preoccupation with drawing and painterly-spatial questions on the one hand, with rhythm and structure in the context of improvised and electroacoustic music on the other, as well as numerous collaborations in various fields of art.
Tina Wilke is a media artist, filmmaker and lecturer from East Berlin who works with installations, stages and experimental film forms. She studied art and media at the University of the Arts (UDK) as well as theatre with new media and interactivity at the National Academy of Arts Buenos Aires (UNA). She works with postcolonial translation processes between cultures, codes and protocols in the context of global mobility and digital networks.
A production by N. E. W. in cooperation with the Ruhrtriennale. Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Earthas Guide to Everyday Living – or how to become a super hero
Friday, 18th & Saturday, 19th October 2019 | Doors 19:30 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
Theater im Delphi | Gustav-Adolf-Straße 2 | 13086
Deutschlandfunk Kultur | Kaffe Matthews | field notes | Katharina Ernst | Tina Wilke | Tickets @ Reservix | Event @ Facebook
Photo © Heinrich Brinkmöller-Becker