Let it be a giant asteroid hitting the earth, the ultimate economical crisis, the third world war, the return of the big reptiles due to the Earth overheating, or a bunch of helicopters dropping napalm accompanied by Wagner’s /The Ride of the Valkyries/: Apocalypse is indeed not just a specialty number of religious fanatism and more or less articulated esoteric discourse.
One or more of its possibile declinations – the end of the human species, the end of the Planet Earth, the end of a small or a big part of the universe as we know it – happen to be options considered and studied by people like astronomers, economists, biologists, historians, visual artists and fiction writers, to name a few.
Occulto Fest invited some of these people to come and tell us about these considerations and studies: where they come from, where they are possibly going, how they are connected to the past or present history and to other fields of study.
Frisk Frugt | Live at Atlas 2011
Anders Lauge Meldgaard is the real name of the man behind Frisk Frugt aka Supermelle. He is coming out of the experimental music collective yoyooyoy based in Berlin and Copenhagen. With witch he in over a decade have been involved with numerous music and art projects. Under the alias Frisk Frugt he has released two albums; Guldtrompeten from 2006 and Dansktoppen møder Burkina Faso i det himmelblå rum hvor solen bor, suite from 2010.
Frisk Frugt (eng. Fresh Fruit) operates in his own quirky musical universe, where the genre of traditional Danish folk song writing and poetry in an unpretentious way are spiced up with elements from experimental rock, improvisation, drone, noise, electronica, lo-fi, free jazz and African high-life guitar.
Frisk Frugt | Live in Palmehusen
Here, the music arises at the intersection between the programmed and the hand played, and between the naive and the complex – where the sonorous clouds of tones from home-built instruments, brutal guitarriffs, synthdreams and saxophone improvisations are mixed together in a colourful cocktail, full of dizzy and dazed energy and containing flavours from all over the world.
Sun Worship channels almost distant howls from the void since early 2010, thriving in and from the netherworld between nothing and everything. Nihilism as an irrational and desperate urge to exist and create, the celebration of contradictions in general and particular, post fucking black fucking metal, et al. Played with a bunch of different bands the last few months.
Sun Worship | Photon
Apex Predator: realpolitik. cultural hegemony. khalid sheikh mohammed. structural integrity. emotional dogma. hermit kingdom. bikini atoll. swiss numbered account. special activities division. remote viewing. stale bread. strategic isolation. the battle of qala-i-jangi. futile market. chem trails. orgone energy. midnight sun.
Fabio Orsi is an electronic musician from Taranto (Southern Italy) specialising in atmospheric drone. In his compositions the languages of popular tradition meet the avantgarde approach, creating an original and charm mix. His talent has been recently revealed in a series of publications received by an enthusiastic chorus of critical approval. Among them “Wo Ist Behle?”, released in 2011 by Boring Machines
Fabio Orsi | Winterreise
On the occasion of his performance at OF 2012 he’ll present Hunt Me Tender, an audiovideo project in collaboration with Valentina Besegher released by Silentes. The work explores with super8 and sound recordings the slow steady flow of the events, lights and shadows in everyone’s life as well as a “crystallization of life”, a kind of captivity of the soul into an embalmed body.
The super8 films have been taken from the family archive of the musician Fabio Orsi and edited by the visual artist Valentina Besegher, who shooted the original movies of the embalmed animals in their natural habitat, the plants and the woods. Fabio Orsi uses field recording, instruments and environmental drones.
Fausto Maijstral is the duo of DuChamp (IT) and Will Gresson (NZ). Together they perform dense, long musique concrete/drone pieces that explore memories and lived experience through heavily processed instruments and field recordings.
They performed with Concern (US), Family Battle Snake (GR), Steindor Kristinsson (IS), Preslav Literary School (UK), Iku Sakan (JP), Bemydelay (IT) and Rella the Woodcutter (IT), Drekka and Canid (US), Krapoola (ES). They have performed several time in Berlin and recently in Istanbul.
Nadja | Sandskin
Nadja is a duo of Aidan Baker & Leah Buckareff alternately based in Toronto, Canada & Berlin, Germany. The duo makes music that encompasses experimental/drone, ambient, shoegazer, & doom metal. They have since released numerous albums with such labels as Alien8 Recordings, Conspiracy Records, Hydrahead Records, and Robotic Empire.
Originally formed by baker in 2003 as a solo endeavour, buckareff joined in 2005 to bring nadja out of the studio & into a live setting. they have since released numerous albums with several different labels & have toured extensively in around the world.
25 May/ 9 pm – open end
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Fabio Orsi w/ videoperformance by Valentina Besegher
26 May/ 9 pm – open end
Fausto Maijstral w/ videoperformance by Vidbeat
Friday, 25 May 2012 & Saturday, 26 May 2012 | 21:00 CET
West Germany | Skalitzer Str. 133 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg