Sollmann & Gürtler is the new collaboration of Philip Sollmann, also known as Efdemin, and the multi-instrumentalist John Gürtler. We are proud and happy that the duo will present their debut live act in Berlin due to the release of “Gegen die Zeit” on Sky Walking Records in our Club. For this very special occasion Philip Sollman has put together a commented playlist for our blog.
Maria Teresa Luciani – Sounds of the city
Für mich eine der Entdeckungen des Jahres: Maria Teresa Lucianis Musikalische Kollagen habe ich im Zürcher Schallplattenladen OHR empfohlen bekommen. Eine einzigartige Sammlung von Tonband-Arbeiten aus der Pre-Sampling Era, kürzlich veröffentlicht von Finders keepers.
Giraffe – Juni
Vom sympathischen belgischen Label Meakusma kommt dieses leise Album, das sich erstaunlich gut in die Alltagsgeräusche meiner Wohnung integriert und bei der ich gern vergesse, dass überhaupt eine Schallplatte läuft. Die Unterhaltung zwischen elektronischen Texturen und geräuschhaft gespieltem Schlagzeug kommt unserer Idee von flüchtiger Musik sehr nahe.
Head of Wantastiquet – Dead Seas
Vor ein paar Jahren ebenfalls in Belgien aufgenommen ist diese grossartige Sammlung von driftenden Gitarren-Stücken, des mittlerweile in Berlin lebenden Paul LaBreque (Sunburned Hand of the Man). Alternative Tunings, ein grosses Sammelsurium von Saiteninstrumenten und unorthodoxes Picking entführen den Hörer in mystische Welten. Das farbenfrohe Innen-Cover vom famosen Maler Abel Auer ist die perfekte Illustration der sanften Psychedelik dieses Meisterwerks.
Heiner Goebbels / Alfred Harth – Der Durchdrungene Mensch / Indianer Für Morgen
Heiner Goebbels spielt eine grosse Rolle in meiner musikalischen Sozialisation. Nicht nur diese Schallplatte, die mit ihrer Mischung aus MS20 arpeggios, Tonband-Collagen und Free-Jazz aufs tollste eine sehr westdeutsche linksradikale Stimmung zu Beginn der 80er Jahre konserviert. Goebbels war auch der Auftraggeber für die Reproduktion der Harry Patch Instrumente, die ich kürzlich für meine Komposition MONOPHONIE mit dem Ensemble Musikfabrik benutzen konnte.
Der leider viel zu früh verstorbene Hans Reichel war meiner Meinung nach einer der interessantesten Musik-Menschen des letzten Jahrhunderts. Seine Spieltechnik, die von ihm gebauten Instrumente (vor allem auch das grossartige Daxophon) und sein Humor waren einzigartig. Alle Aufnahmen auf dem Label FMP sind Meisterwerke.
Berliner Ring – Bardo
Ebenfalls auf Meakusma erschienen ist die kurzweilige Sammlung dreier Stücke von der Gruppe „Berliner Ring“ um den Instrumenten-Erfinder Christian Günther. Dieser arbeitet mit seinen einzigartigen Rhythmus-Geräten, Ringmodulatoren und Filtern. Dazu kommen Schlagzeug und Bläser. Die Musik ist wie der Band-Name schon andeutet perfekt um in der S-Bahn um Berlin herum zu fahren. Krautige Loops und waberndes Gluckern, kreisendes Schaben und schnaufendes Rattern über fragilen Beats in einem hölzernen Klanggewand.
23.11 // 20H // 8€
ACUD CLUB // CONCERT SKY WALKING: SOLLMANN & GÜRTLER // FIONA MCGOVERN // SKY WALKING DJ TEAM
the live debut of the new collaboration of philipp sollmann aka efdemin and multi-instrumentalist john gürtler More Info – FB Event
Wir suchen ab dem 1.1.2018 eine*n Mitarbeiter*in in Teilzeit im Bereich Musik- und Kulturmanagement.
Für das unabhängige Kunsthaus ACUD suchen wir eine vielseitige Person, die einerseits Erfahrung bei der Ausrichtung, Produktion und Abrechnung von Kultur- und Musikveranstaltungen hat andererseits Begeisterung und Nähe zu aktuellen Kunst- und Musikströmungen mitbringt. Die Person sollte teamfähig sein, sorgfältig und zuverlässig und dabei den strategischen Überblick behalten.
Der Aufgabenbereich umfasst folgende Tätigkeitsbereiche:
– Koordination und Optimierung des Geschäftsbetriebs
– budgetäre und finanzielle Übersicht in Zusammenarbeit mit der Buchhalterin
– allgemeine strategische Planung und Ausrichtung des Geschäftsbetriebs
– administrative Betreuung, finanzielle Übersicht, Kalkulation und Abrechnung eines EFRE-geförderten Residency-Programms im ACUD Club in enger Zusammenarbeit mit dem Programmkoordinator.
– administrative Betreuung, finanzielle Übersicht, Kalkulation und Abrechnung einer Ausstellungsreihe in der ACUD-Galerie in enger Zusammenarbeit mit den Kuratorinnen.
– Strukturiertes Vorgehen, Organisationsfähigkeit, Fähigkeit zu eigenverantwortlichem Handeln, Belastbarkeit, Flexibilität
– Erfahrung mit Budgetierung und Abrechnung von Fördergeldern (Eine Expertin für EFRE wird die Einarbeitung bei dem EFRE-Programm betreuen)
– Erfahrungen mit dem Mac und Excel
– Deutsch als Muttersprache
– Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift
– Kenntnis der aktuellen Berliner Musik- und Kulturszene und Erfahrung im Bereich Veranstaltungsproduktion
-Teamfähigkeit, Sozialkompetenz, Zuverlässigkeit
– Bereitschaft zu flexiblen Arbeitszeiten, teilweise auch an Wochenenden und abends
– 32 Wochenstunden (Je nach Bewerbungslage ist es auch möglich, die Stellen in zwei Stellen mit jeweils 16 Stunden pro Woche aufzuteilen)
– eine gute Teamstruktur
– vielseitige Aufgabenbereiche
– spannendes interdisziplinäres Kulturprogramm
1.11 THE KVB, NGLY, MUERAN HUMANOS, RAKTA
post punk from brazil, punk/psychedelic and techno/ebm from argentina, plus a special DJ set More Info – FB Event
2.11 THE 7TH LITAUISCHES KINO GOES BERLIN FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT
opening night with the best alternative band of lithuania and a DJ duo from vilnius who will heat up the dance floor More Info – FB Event – Tickets
the berlin debut of johannesburg’s much hyped and admired performance art duo More Info – FB Event
6.11 KEN VANDERMARK + NATE WOOLEY
the duo present their organic combination of the jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition More Info – FB Event – Ticket
7.11 ANDREAS SPECHTL + SABA ALIZADEH
der ja, panik!-frontmann stellt sein neues album vor, das er während eines zweimonatigen iran-aufenthalts geschrieben hat More Info – FB Event – Tickets
15.11 WILLIAM BASINSKI
two intimate concerts with the ambient mastermind More Info – FB Event
16.11 RÁN, FIZZIS
das neue projekt von laura landergott (ja, panik) und yair karelic (mystical communication service) More Info – FB Event – Tickets
16.11 WILLIAM BASINSKI – CASCADE A/V
the ambient mastermind is performing his celebrated album More Info – FB Event
17.11 DANIEL HAAKSMAN
the latest record by the remix champion or: eclectic tropical club sound More Info – FB Event
18.11 BIG BRAVE
ultra heavy, experimental, ritualistic, psychedelic, industrial and dark rock and ambient music More Info – FB Event
DO 23.11 KALI MALONE // JOSEF GAARD // ENTERTAINMENT
the stockholm based experimental musician returns to berlin More Info – FB Event
23.11 SOLLMANN + GÜRTLER
the live debut of the new collaboration of philipp sollmann aka efdemin and multi-instrumentalist john gürtler More Info – FB Event
24.11 DOG DAYS: CICCONE, A.D. MANA, NONE, BORDER MENACE
a night of darker electronics, post-punk and coldwave tinged synth sounds More Info – FB Event
25.11 SOMATIC RESPONSES
complex, distorted techno by the UK darkside techno industrial legends More Info – FB Event
30.11 DANIEL MUHUNI + SVEN KACIREK
the two musicians have recorded critical voices in kenya about EPA, the new free trading agreement between the EU and the African Caribbean Pacific countries More Info – FB Event
a night full of experimental electronics presented by the berlin via london collective More Info – FB Event
4.11 A HAPPENING
1 night of ambient, experimental and classic collaborations More Info – FB Event
9.11 — 11.11 WE MAKE WAVES
3-day conference, festival + network for women, trans + non-binary people More Info – FB Event – Tickets
3.11 DENKEN IN MODELLEN
wie denkt man im modell? wie wirken sich neue techniken des modellierens aus? More Info – FB Event
17.11 SALON FRAUEN IN DER KUNST
kurzvorträge über frauen in der kunst More Info – FB Event
24.11 SIE VERLASSEN JETZT DEN KÜNSTLERISCHEN SEKTOR
über den trend zur nützlichkeit aus der perspektive der unterschiedlichen disziplinen More Info – FB Event
17.11 — 16.12.17 MATTI SUMARI – CEMENTA & TOYOTA
Toyota and Cementa are the last in a line of Matti Sumaris humoristic-melancholic quest to come to terms with a mankind which is constantly alienating itself more and more from its surroundings and leaving behind nothing but waste. More Info – FB Event
A typical remix by Daniel Haaksman consists of Brazilian and African grooves plus a heavy bass injection. The Berlin-based DJ is connoisseur when it comes to club beats – born in Rome, the DJ, producer, label owner and journalist grew up in different countries in different parts of the world. Settled in Berlin since a few years now, he still likes to go abroad. On his journeys around the globe he is not only DJing and collecting records but is engaged in bringing together musicians from different scenes.
On November 17th at ACUD Club the remix champion is presenting his new record “Remixes 2008-2017”, a compilation of his best remixes so far. We have used the special occasion to ask him three questions about his latest release.
What is your new compilation about?
It´s a compilation with some of my remixes I´ve been doing since 2008. By now, I´ve made more than thirty, comissioned remixes. It was pretty hard to pick eleven out of this number, but I think the compilation is presenting some of the best reworks I´ve done so far.
Daniel, which artists are featured on “Remixes 2008-2017”?
The compilation kicks off with a remix I did for Brazilian Felipe Cordeiro who comes from the city of Belém, in Brazil´s North East, where the music is much more influenced from Caribbean music styles and regional sounds like Brega, Lambada or Carimbó. There´s also a cool remix I did for Colombia´s Makina Del Karibe, which I´ve been playing since years in my DJ sets, the same is for Madera Limpia´s “Loco”, a Cuban outfit, which actually was one of my very first remixes. Also there´s classic remixes I´ve done for Austrian Afro don Ku Bo, Germany´s Schlachthofbronx, New Zealand´s Weird Together and some of my recent remixes, e.g. for Populous from Italy or Samito from Canada.
It´s a pretty international line-up, how would you describe the Daniel Haaksman touch on the remixes?
It´s quite delicate to do a version of someone else´s music, you have grasp a song or tracks essence and then try to elevate it, you can make it more dancefloor friendly or just flip it into something else. I always try to do both but ground it with my particular sound which nurtures from both Brazilian and African grooves plus a heavy bass injection. And if one of my remixes sets a dancefloor on fire, I know it turned out right.
FR 17.11 // 22H // 5€
ACUD CLUB // CLUB NIGHT DANIEL HAAKSMAN REMIXES RELEASE PARTY W/ DANIEL HAAKSMAN // ISA GT // SPECIAL GUEST
the latest record by the remix champion More Info – FB Event
We see ACUD as an open space where people have the possibility to work on their art and present it. With No Shade we are trying to support female and non-binary DJs. The program is a combination of training sessions and parties. The last edition took place end of September.
As part as the new festival We Make Waves, the No Shade DJs will be performing again on Friday November 10th. We did a Q&A with Ace of Diamonds, one of the DJs participating in the program.
fave beverage is mezcal
fave thing about berlin are my friends that i grew up with
fave thing about the trainee program is the space, Acud itself. best place&best ppl!
how do you see your role as an artist in participating in politics or making political work?
The work I do merges ethnography with media and contemporary art as a practical research and manner of presentation to give a more practical purpose to anthropological research outside of the university. My underlying theoretical thought is to recontextualise dominating ideologies and challenge Western systems of thoughts, like dividing the world in binary oppositions for example, to create a framework in which existing power dynamics are re-evaluated. I’m interested in developing inclusive and interactive methods of knowledge production, that shift existing modes of representation. As I’m based in working through or about somebody other than myself, it is necessary to be critical of the way you represent other people in your work as well as to problematize what it means to create work ‘in the name’ or ‘for the sake of”. The interdisciplinary collaborations of anthropology with other domains thus also help to find new and other ways of perceiving and understanding selfhood and otherness, including their relation. The next project I’m doing end of November is participating in the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince and doing the research for my master’s thesis in anthropology there.
For women and non-binary people working in music, specifically DJs, what are ways to combat misogyny and build your community?
I’m realizing more and more the necessity to combat misogyny as I realize more and more how omnipresent it is. The music industry is a loud example, as you just have to look what attitudes are rewarded the most in the industry. The stuff I play can be very brutal lyrically and it’s important to be aware of what you play and where it comes from, but there are so many amazing female producers and singers, that it’s super fun to play their stuff and just support what they are releasing.
Generally, it makes me angry the degree to which misogyny is internalized in so many different domains. We are conditioned to always consider what men are thinking, so often women are holding back either because they think they can’t match sexist stereotypes understood as “standards” or because our actions are interpreted as waiting for the D, but actually all you are doing is having a good time. I like to dress up and wear sexy clothes and not so long ago a friend was asking me if I was not afraid of what men were thinking dressed in a tiny outfit. It is true that a lot of men will always look at you like it’s any of their business what you look like, but I don’t care what men are thinking about me and I don’t want to care. I enjoy the freedom of presenting myself the way I feel and nobody no matter what gender or skin colour should be forced to hold anything back from their own fabulousness.
So, because I grew up in Berlin, I’m already part of an open-minded community that I love and of course I want them to come to the events I’m playing. Still, I like to unite people from different backgrounds or ‘scenes’, which normally wouldn’t meet. With the DJs No Shade is training, it is happening already, which is great and for the beginning of next year, I am planning with friends to make an event. Each of us has a different, but overlapping musical focus. In this way, the goal is to have a diverse, respectful crowd and build an unpretentious space where for example women can just bounce their body without being afraid of what people might do or think. I think that’s also the most important way for me to build a community as a DJ, meaning the level of action on the dancefloor. A great vibe connects people. I want people to go home after a night and feel moved, have the feeling that they made an experience. While playing, I try to give nobody a second to chill and that you don’t want to miss a single beat, because it’s constantly challenging your booty to bounce.
In a nice vibe the interactions off the dancefloor will shape a lasting experience of the night as well and participate in building a sense of community.
In the end I want to mention the collective of No Shade I’m participating for sure in the combat of misogyny as well, because being in the collective means on the one hand for female and non-binary DJs to be more present in the club scene, but on the other hand it also means to develop a visual language and a representation to the outside that expresses the power of being non-binary or a woman without reducing it to genitals.
DO 9.11 – SA 11.11
ACUD CLUB+STUDIO // FESTIVAL + CONFERENCE WE MAKE WAVES
for women, trans + non-binary people in music FB Event – Tickets
This Thursday we are happy to welcome the art collective Synergy at ACUD Club. The founders are seeking for interaction and union: They want to create something greater and to bring people together, ignoring boundaries, stamps and nations. And they also love to spell their name in various languages: Synergy dhex узаемадзеянне 協同效應 sức mạnh tổng hợp סינרגיהвзаимодействиe სინერგია взаємодія փոխազդեցություն التعاون Isku.
The night at ACUD will consist of a concert, curated jam session, and a party with DJs that through their selection and state of mind reflect the ideals that they collectively cherish. They are inviting all of you to collectively sing, dance and to listen to the sounds filled with diversity. We asked the founders five questions about Synergy.
How many languages do you speak?
Although we recognize the importance of linguistic skills, from our experience the language barrier has never stopped us from connecting with people of many different cultures and nationalities. When certain people share the same frequency, one can always find a way to communicate. While looking for this frequency level, we usually turn to music and dance. We speak only few languages, but our events are open for everyone, wherever they are coming from or going to, that’s why we try to suggest this openness through multilingual name.
In every edition we try to collaborate with people from different backgrounds and origins, because as a Collective we always try to build a bridge between certain concepts, that from our perspective can interact with each other and together create something new and exciting.
This time we joined forces with Between Us, a non profit independent organization, which began as an Arabic language library – seeking to increase mutual visibility and knowledge between Arabic and Western culture through literature – has expanded its activities to also include diverse cultural and artistic events and activities in it’s space and beyond, such as feminist self-defence classes, theatre workshops and music events such as We Belong to Music jam session, that is going to take place in ACUD this Thursday.
What’s the message of the night you’d like to send into the world?
Time seems to be quickly passing from the moment we started, but our message becomes more and more relevant. With the rise of nationalistic movements, racism, bigotry, xenophobia, sexism, greed and ignorance, it is extremely important to pave another, positive path, to join forces and to look for answers to many problems that humanity faces today. Our goal is to create a safe space for self-expression and freedom, to link seemingly different minds, spark the idea of universal consciousness and to bring people together through music.
Can you tell us more about your collective? When did you start?
We started last winter, in February, by organizing an event to support refugees and migrants staying in Warsaw through celebration of music of all cultures. Our collective outcome was approx. 1 600 euros, which was an enormous help for the Polish Migratory Forum and this sum covered work of professional advisors in legal issues for those in need.
Since the very beginning, as cultural workers and activists, we wanted to combine our passion for music with taking a stand in matter we care about. We feel responsible for the surrounding reality as much as we believe in human potential and power of collective actions.
Synergy in it’s every edition aims to have a positive, locally-oriented social impact. That’s why we would like to concentrate on supporting those in need through gathering funds and involving local communities and musicians, to bring them all together in a beautiful way.
Who are the people performing?
Carefully chosen curators from different parts of the world – DJ’s and musicians that through their sound selections and state of mind reflect the ideals that we collectively cherish. You’ll hear melodies that traveled all the way from Beijing to Berlin, from Syria to Europe, even from a distant place in time in Persia and are now re-constructed by musicians from 6 different countries. All their paths met in Berlin – for us, that symbolizes the possibility of the coexistence of people of all nationalities, religions and cultures in one place. Synergy aims to honour this diversity and celebrate the union of music and freedom.
Will there be future events?
This is only the beginning. Our next stop: Warsaw.
DO 28.9 // 19H // 5-10€ DONATION
ACUD CLUB // CLUB NIGHT SYNERGY همکاری HEVKARI التعاون SINERGIA & WE BELONG TO MUSIC DJ RYAN R // ZAMBON // CHARLIE // NAJIB BLACKY
a beautiful union of music and freedom that brings people together, ignoring boundaries, stamps and nations More Info
14 July marks the start of our new club series dedicated to rap and electronic music from France called ARROGANCE. Spinning records are Luc Le Truc of the Hamburg sister series “Je danse donc je suis” and Berlin based producer and DJ M.A.R.E.C. Here’s the second playlist for you compiled by Luc Le Truc this time bringing you pop and electro tunes à la français. Vive l’arrogance plûtot que la France!
If you missed the 80s in real, don´t worry – thanks to Corine you can relive them in a purity that makes fading to grey the neonpink eyeshadow not only of all wannabe retroacts but also of many original ones. And Corine lets out no detail: her name gives you the link to the proper drug to use while dancing to her songs.
A prime example of a new generation electro-synth-pop in france with a dark and hypnopathetic sound. Like Corine they fell as a child in the big 80ies-pot that their parents forgot to lock up properly. But compared to her, they added some new electronic gear they found ín the room of their elder siblings. Sadly a video that doesn´t fit at all to the music´s atmosphere.
Bagarre are like the white trash cousins from Perez and the younger siblings from Grand Blanc. They not only know how to mix most effective lots of genres (“Ça va des sound system jamaïcains au punk, en passant par le rock, la house, le rap français et la techno.”) they also know how take all new street codes to extremes – including the almighty Russenhocke.
And here we go with the parents. A fake german-french couple. It was ’85 and they already completely knew what the 80ies were about.
No electro? No Rap? Come on. Funkyness knows no boarders – even musicwise.
A parisien duo and members of Mawimbi (means in Swahili “Waves”) – a DJ-crew and since 2013 also label which focuses on electronic music with african influences. Sometimes a bit ethnokitschy but mostly very hypnotic, organic and powerfull!
FR 14.7 // 22H // 3-5€
ACUD CLUB // CLUB NIGHT ARROGANCE #1: LUC LE TRUC // M.A.R.E.C
vive larrogance. rap et électro de france More Info – FB Event
14 July marks the start of our new club series dedicated to rap and electronic music from France called ARROGANCE. Spinning records are Luc Le Truc of the Hamburg sister series “Je danse donc je suis” and M.A.R.E.C who has compiled this banging playlist for you. Vive l’arrogance plûtot que la France!
“Bouga may be only famous for that song, an eternal Banger that sums up all Marseille at its best: a wonky piano coming from 2000, a harsh warm accent, and succulent sunny punchlines on a very hard beat. Bienvenue sur la planète Mars.”
“Kekra sums up la french arrogance at its best, he represents the future of french rap with a mask: crazy energy, crazy beats, crazy new flows, and over-arrogant punchlines. Wild, Bold and without limits typical from any Paris suburban.”
“Booba is a Legend, impossible to sum up in a sentence or a recap. Probably the biggest CV in french HipHop the n°1 of the French Rap Game? Started in the Underground with Time Bomb, then Lunatic in the 90’s, when French Hip Hop was limited to Conscious rap (with IAM and so). One of the first to bring the Gangster vibe to french Hip Hop and still representing it, with new beats and new forms of musicality. Definitely Talentuous and with the arrogance that goes with it.”
“Grems is old school and new school at the same time, more than a rapper, a fierce representer of French HipHop in its culture: Graffiti, art, music, rap … always underground, somehow arrogant towards the one who don’t think, and for a reason, always conscious, always right but he never looses the bounce of the hiphop. He is from the ones that swim counter current because he can: unlimited technique, bouncy beats, explosive creativity and an incorruptible state of mind.”
“Three of the new generation on a banger song, from the buzzing hip hop scene of Montreuil in Paris. Myth Syzer is the new French Super-producer with his collective Bon Gamin. Everything he touches is gold and Banging. Prepare for some of his diamonds. Ichon is one of his accolyte rapper and poet, bringing this subtile arrogance to the French Rap. Prince Waly is the new school rapper with and old school flow, as if one day Jay Z had woken up in Montreuil speaking french.”
“Don’t worry, nobody understands Jordee, not even french People, we just like him. He is what represents the most artistic way of making Rap Music today. Melodies, mood, weird beats … and probably a lot lot of drugs.”
FR 14.7 // 22H // 3-5€
ACUD CLUB // CLUB NIGHT ARROGANCE #1: LUC LE TRUC // M.A.R.E.C
vive larrogance. rap et électro de france More Info – FB Event
Every Wednesday throughout the summer (June – August), we invite you to our backyard to cool down with music, food, drinks and friends. Summer sounds from DJ’s and performances in the courtyard, plus live sets in the club, a special summer drinks menu and soul food from Glory Box Spicy Soulfood.
Spend the early evening hours and welcome the best part of the week with us!
Poster: Marius Wenker
MI 21.6 // 19-23H // PWYC
ACUD COURTYARD // DJ NIGHT ACUD BACKYARD SUMMER X NENE HATUN
a relaxed evening of music, food, drinks and friends More Info – FB Event
MI 28.6 // 19-23H // PWYC
ACUD COURTYARD // DJ+FOOD ACUD BACKYARD SUMMER X SIGOURNEY SKYWALKER
the berlin based DJ brings you the perfect soundtrack for a chill summer night More Info – FB Event
MI 5.7 // 19-23H // 4-6€
ACUD COURTYARD // PERFORMANCE ACUD BACKYARD SUMMER X SOUNDING IMAGES: CAROLINE
by sandra mujinga and linda spjut More Info – FB Event
MI 12.7 // 19-23H
ACUD COURTYARD // FOOD ACUD BACKYARD SUMMER X BERLIN FOOD ART WEEK: FRUCHTFLEISH
a musical knife: maracuja vs. fruits More Info – FB Event
DI 18.7 // 18H // FREE
ACUD COURTYARD // PANEL ACUD BACKYARD SUMMER X MUSIC POOL:
ORGANIZING YOUR OWN SHOW
a community evening about the ins and outs of organizing a concert and the different activities associated with it More Info – FB Event
MI 19.7 // 19-23H // PWYC
ACUD COURTYARD // LIVE PERFORMANCE ACUD BACKYARD SUMMER X MARLAIS
marlais’ contemporized traditional british music in our courtyard More Info – FB Event
MI 26.7 // 19H // FREE
ACUD COURTYARD // INSTALLATION+DJ+FOOD BACKYARD SUMMER X ELISABETH MLADENOV
raw Immaterial – moving paintings More Info – FB Event
MI 2.8 // 19-23H // 4-6€
ACUD COURTYARD // SCREENING+TALK BACKYARD SUMMER X SOUNDING IMAGES: C. SPENCER YEH
screening of the concert film 2002 (2015) with an introduction by the artist More Info – FB Event
MI 9.8 // 17-23H // 4-7€
ACUD COURTYARD // LIVE PERFORMANCE ACUD BACKYARD SUMMER X SELTENE ERDEN
a summer evening with near field improvisations and ritualdancemusic More Info – FB Event
MI 16.8 // 19-23H // PWYC
ACUD COURTYARD // LIVE PERFORMANCE ACUD BACKYARD SUMMER X SARAH DAVACHI
sarah davachi graces our courtyard with her subtle, meditative drones More Info – FB Event
MI 23.8 // 19-23H // PWYC
ACUD COURTYARD // DJ BACKYARD SUMMER X JAAKKO EINO KALEVI
sun bathed soul music with the finish pop crooner More Info – FB Event
SA 27.5 // 19H30 // FREE
ACUD STUDIO // SYMPOSIUM+MAGAZINE LAUNCH KAPSEL: DAS INSEKTENNEST CHI HUI // LIEF HALL // LÉO FAVIER // FREDERIKE SCHNEIDER-VIELSÄCKER // CHEZ MIEKE
exploring visions of the future from china and beyond More Info – FB Event
Lief Hall is back in Berlin for a special double performance. The artist and musician is currently living in Vancouver, B.C. Canada and was previously one half of the electronic music duo MYTHS who toured with Grimes in 2012. Hall’s solo music integrates elements noise, improvisation and extended voice to create her own unique vision of dark electronic pop.
On Friday night at ACUD Club, Lief plays music from her soon to be released record “Roses for Ruins.” Opening the night for her is warsaw pop wonder Pictorial Candi. During the launch of the science fiction magazine Kapsel on Saturday in the Studio, Lief presents her new lecture “Un/Seen: Performing the Invisible” which explores the relationship of dreams, memory and algorithms.
We are very happy to have Lief at ACUD! For our Blog we have asked her five questions about Science Fiction.
If you could choose, on which planet would you like to live?
The planet Athshe from Ursula Le Guin’s book “The Word for World is Forest” is a place that really appeals to me. Athshe is a planet that is completely covered by forest, and the Athsheans that live there are non-violent and in total harmony with nature, never killing animals or cutting down trees. I mean, it would be a big change for me from living in the city, so I would have to really consider it carefully, but sometimes the idea of living in a forest among peaceful little beings really appeals to me. But it is a bit of a pipe dream since humans are banned from the planet, as well as the fact that it doesn’t actually exist, haha.
You most favorite SF book?
My favorite SF books are Ursula Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness”, Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaiden’s Tail” and pretty much every Octavia E.Butler book. The things that I really love about these writers is that not only are the books incredibly well written, but they also make me re-discover and re-think my everyday life experiences and things I take for granted. For example, after reading “The Left Hand of Darkness” the idea of there being only two sexes seemed so strange to me. In the book there is a third sex, which is both male and female, and the book really normalized that for me and basically undid a lifetime of social programming of previously dualistic thinking.
Similarily, in “The Handmaiden’s Tail” I became newly aware of the precarity of women’s rights. The book basically took something which actually happened in the Middle East, where women who had fought for and won equal rights suddenly had all their rights taken from them by a return to secularism. Because the story takes place in a modern time and in North America it really hit home and made me understand on a very personal level what others in the world have actually experienced. It also made me realize how the struggle for equal rights is not something which is always progressing, but is something which can be taken away at any time, and so is a very precious thing which must be protected. I think the best science fiction stories, like these ones, help us to understand the present in a much deeper way far beyond simple entertainment.
Where does your fascination for algorithms come from?
I am not particularly interested in algorithms so much as in the current way in which human lives are socially, politically and ethically constructed. Oddly enough algorithms in this day and age seem to play a very major role in this. I am also very interested in the connection between the things we see and the things we do not see and how the unseen, the ethereal, the invisible, effect the world in a very physical way. Algorithms to me are like dreams, memories, or the subconscious in that they are deeply connected to the way we live our lives everyday but their impact is often not fully appreciated because they act under the surface.
Do you believe in utopias?
Good question! I think that striving to create the best world we possibly can for ourselves and for others is absolutely essential but that the idea of perfection, of a utopia, usually leads to more harm than good. This is one of the big themes in SF which we see in older books such as “Brave New World” or in more recent movies like “Equals”. The idea that we can create a perfect world, totally free from any form of pain, violence or emotional turmoil can only be imagined through a kind of external governing and control of people, which in both SF and in reality only leads to more pain and more harm than good.
Why is SF not only for nerds?
I think there is definitely still a place for nerds in the SF community, haha, but at this point there is a lot more SF has to offer to more than just this niche group. For one thing the accelerated production of new technologies makes SF stories much more relevant and more plausible than ever as it helps us to understand where these new technologies are leading us. It is so easy to just consume these new technologies without thinking, to alter our lives around them, but SF is one way in which we can step outside the everyday and question what we are doing, the short and long term implications.
The fact that SF has been instrumental in imagining technologies which now actually exist or are being created makes it even more relevant to us today. A couple small examples of this are William Gibson’s coining of the term cyberspace or the movie “Gattaca” which imagined genetic alteration of unborn fetuses, which is now in the process of being developed. So I think there is a very real exchange happening between fiction and the construction of our current reality.
More generally I think SF has the ability to take us outside of our everyday experience, to reveal things about the present from an altered perspective, so we can see ourselves more clearly. For me that is the real value of SF.
FR 26.5 // 20H // 6€
ACUD CLUB // CONCERT
nfop and cartouche present LIEF HALL // PICTORIAL CANDI // NFOP DJ
dark pop from canada More Info – FB Event
SA 27.5 // 19H30 // FREE
ACUD STUDIO // SYMPOSIUM+MAGAZINE LAUNCH KAPSEL: DAS INSEKTENNEST CHI HUI // LIEF HALL // LÉO FAVIER // FREDERIKE SCHNEIDER-VIELSÄCKER // CHEZ MIEKE
exploring visions of the future from china and beyond More Info – FB Event
Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m Nikhil Hemrajani – an arts entrepreneur from Mumbai, India, visiting Berlin for the next few weeks.
In Mumbai, I run my own experimental blackbox space called Sitara Studio. I stepped in four years ago with an impassioned plan to convert the defunct film studio, with minimal intervention, into an active and vibrant space for performance art. The passion is still strong today, and Sitara is definitely heading in the right direction.
In the past four years, Sitara Studio has carved a name for itself as an alternative venue that programmes relevant and thought-provoking content. Now I want to build on that reputation by finding our own voice through the curation, and by adding consistency and regularity into the mix.
Last year, I was selected amongst a group of other participants from South Asia for a fellowship programme called ARThink South Asia, which is run in India by the Goethe Institut, British Council and KHOJ Foundation (New Delhi). The idea behind the fellowship is to help arts professionals make a sustainable career from the arts. The first part of the programme was a two-week residency comprising lectures and project work that took place in May 2016.
I’m now at the second phase of the fellowship, where I do a ‘secondment’ – a sort of short transfer to another organisation. This is so I may observe and learn skills that could help me run my venture when I return.
I think this stage is quite essential as it can offer clarity and objectivity that would otherwise be difficult to acquire. A secondment could also allow me to solve problems without the burden of responsibility that comes from running one’s own venue.
The kind folks at ACUD have generously offered to host my secondment, and I’m grateful for that. I think ACUD is ideal for me as it has many similarities to Sitara Studio: it is a multidisciplinary arts space independently run by a small group of individuals. Some of the pressing areas at ACUD, such as sustainable programming and audience development, are the same at Sitara Studio. It would be edifying to compare methods, and see how both ACUD and Sitara Studio are able to programme and create an audience database.
I’m also happy to collaborate, and make inroads into a country and culture that I otherwise would not have access to. The idea of a cultural exchange between two venues is exciting, especially in this time of globalisation.
I’ll be around at ACUD till Saturday, May 13th, so please stop by and say hi if you’re around. If you have any questions on India’s independent scene for music and art, I’m happy to give you my opinion!
This Friday a new series will kick-off in ACUD Club focusing on artists dealing with the dark, twisted and sexy. The Berlin-based collective Fathermother will line up residents from their own ranks, which include members of Fiordmoss and Boska. As a first taste, Boska compiled a playlist with music played on Friday.
LAO – PERFIL [NAAFI]
The Berlin crowd ought to be familiar with the NAAFI crew’s output after last year’s visit by several key members. This lovely high tempo mess of timbales and distorted subs by Lao will be out by the end of the month.
SUDA – IDIOPATH [HER]
From the excellent debut album. One more mad percussive rant complete with bells and whistles. I’m sold.
MENTAL OVERDRIVE – GONE WRONG [PLOINK]
From Hardware, the recent full length that was all jammed straight to tape, this one sounds like a laundromat in an 80’s sci-fi heard from upstairs — I think it’s safe to assume that this is more or less what the live set will sound like.
DJ LAG – ICE DROP [GOON CLUB ALLSTARS]
Massive but weirdly understated too. The high point in this track is when he breaks it down to play your hips with one conga.
DANY F – NADIE
This Medellin producer has been uploading EP’s of cumbia informed house through Cómeme and his bandcamp for years. Here’s a recent deep roller of the kind Charlotte Bendiks is known to play.
FR 21.4 // 23H // 5€
ACUD CLUB // CLUB NIGHT FATHERMOTHER AT ACUD #1: MENTAL OVERDRIVE // CHARLOTTE BENDIKS
a club series dealing with the dark, twisted and sexy FB Event
Born of a love for loud music in dark spaces, the arrival of Berlin’s new System.out Sound system is celebrated during a four night residency presented by ACUD MACHT NEU on 1st-4th March. Taking inspiration from classic sound systems, System.out aims to create an open community driven by a passion for music, hosting multi disciplinary parties, listening events and community workshops. We asked founder Charles Leahy five questions about the story behind System.Out and the residency in the Studio.
What’s the story behind System.out?
Putting the system together is the result of an idea I had a while ago whilst Lina (SPFDJ) and I (Charlie / sprintf) were both still living in London. Initially the plan was to find a space to be used by a collective of friends for DJing in together and occasionally running events, but rents in London are far too high, and the likelihood of finding a space where it’d be ok to regularly make lots of noise was pretty low. Once we’d moved over to Berlin this idea seemed far more plausible, so we started thinking again about how we could make it happen. Eventually we realised there’s no point having a space without a good system, so the priority switched to building that first. I was lucky enough to have some savings from a well-paying programming job in London, and have made a very significant dent in them by getting carried away with the system spec. I’m pretty sure it’s worth it.
What are your plans with it now?
We’d like to build a community of people around the system, connected by a passion for sound and actively involved in putting it to good use. Whilst we have a few ideas of our own, I think there’s much more scope for creating something interesting if we can work on collaborations with other groups, or even get them running things of their own using the system. We have some of this happening during the residency through the events being put on by Keira Sinclair, THALAMUS and Applied Arts, and this is an area we’ll be pursuing more in the future. There’s absolutely no way we would have got to this point without the help of some amazing friends, and hopefully this will continue to be the case.
I think it’s also worth mentioning that we’re keen to find creative uses for the system. We will of course be running club nights and concerts, but we’re very much interested in looking at other events outside of this norm. If you’ve got any ideas you’d like to suggest or discuss with us, please do get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does Funktion One mean to you?
To me, Funktion One means a certain clarity combined with crisp transients and powerful but well-defined bass. I love the Funktion One sound and think they have a great product line, but to be honest I think we could have gone with one of a handful of other manufacturers and still ended up with an amazing system. It doesn’t hurt that that people know the Funktion One name, and generally have a sense for what this means in terms of the sound they’ll hear.
Unfortunately using Funktion One kit is no guarantee of good sound – plenty of F1 systems are badly set up and this can sound horrible! We’re taking a lot of care to make sure we’ve got all the necessary kit and knowledge to have System.out sound incredible. We’re even acoustically treating the studio space, and we’ve got a set of calibrated measurement microphones to help make the setup and tweaking process a little more scientific.
How did you came up with the idea for the residency and how did you put together the line-up?
As with the initial plan for the system, the residency actually started life as a much more modest idea which quickly escalated! Initially we were planning a single club night but we had suggestions from friends which were too good to ignore (huge love in particular to Keira), and eventually decided to scale it up and turn it into a mini-festival. There’s no overarching theme to this, we’ve just done our best to put together a series of events that we’re excited by and would want to go to ourselves. We already have a few more dates planned for the near future at ACUD which we can’t wait to share, so keep an eye out…
Why is ACUD a suitable space to test it?
For lots of reasons – the studio space is a really great size and interesting shape, and it represents a bit of a blank canvas for us that doesn’t have a system installed but already has all of the infrastructure including a bar, good toilets, a lift, and so on. More than anything though it’s been amazing to work with a team that’s really keen to explore ideas with us and support what we’re trying to do! Huge thanks to all of the ACUD team, especially Shub who’s been endlessly helpful and has put up with a lot of tedious questions.
MI 1.3 – SA 4.3
ACUD STUDIO // RESIDENCY SYSTEM OUT X ACUD MACHT NEU The Full Programm
With just a couple days of Black History Month left, we talk to Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor about Black in Berlin presents: CA$H Me Outside – a queer BPOC party//Ass shaking as Resistance, she contextualizes her work and practice in Berlin for us, talks about grounding organizing in community (and like Barbara Smith and Audre Lorde, around the kitchen table), and about experience (as opposed to knowledge) as the source of expertise (!!!). Also about saying NO when you’re asked to tokenize your body for the cultural capital of white people.
Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor organizes Black in Berlin (which she tells us more about), and is also an artist working primarily in performance and theatre.
What types of things you do you organize and what is the intention/motivation behind them?
Black in Berlin was started out of my own frustrations from constantly being gaslit by the white, specifically German people in my life. It was initially a very selfish project. I think all art is inherently selfish in those early preliminary making stages. In 2013 there was an issue of Ex-Berliner called Africa in Berlin. The issue’s feature stories were entitled “Working the Bush: Tales from Görlitzer Park” which followed a few African weed dealers on their daily life and was insensitive at best and deeply polarizing and racist at worst, and “German Cougars catch jungle fever:” which profiled various white German women as they went to the Caribbean club Yaam on the club nights and hooked up with black African men who “desperately needed” some way to get a visa and stay in the country. I was appalled that this was the liberal progressive arrangement on a conversion on what it is to be African-diasporic in Berlin. I went to the closing event for the issue which was supposed to be a panel discussion between prominent members of the Afro-Deutsch community and the editors at Ex-Berliner. The editors and the mainly white audience effectively silenced and belittled the members of the panel with tales of their own travels to various African countries and questions about the validity of German colonization. A group of black people stayed after to commiserate and this was the seed of the idea. I remember thinking what if we had these kinds of conversations regularly? Since 2013 the salon has been molded from small therapy sessions to discursive conversations to its most recent iteration of being a moving dialogue. Every month we discuss different topics around a theme and I bring in a local to contextualize the subject. It’s important that this person is never an institutional expert but more of a personal historian, versed enough in their experiences to give a framework to the conversation. Society teaches black people that academic or institutional higher learning is the only way to gain knowledge while history teaches us that knowledge is within us and our very act of surviving is a testament that we already know what to do. That’s one of the reasons why I never place myself on any platform or stage or am facing the audience. The perspective is paramount to the space. We are always on the same level in a round table format. I am merely the facilitator of these interactions. My desire with the salon is to have the difficult conversations outside of academia and arts and cultural institutions and have them at a “kitchen table.”
What would it be like if we had these kinds of conversations with our neighbors?
This party is one of 4 events I’m hosting for Black History Month. I’ve thrown art parties with friends before but never with clear intentions of holding space specifically for and by Queer BPOC’s. The gay/lesbian and often even queer spaces in Berlin can still be quite alienating for Black, people of color. It’s vital that we feel respected, welcomed and embraced in these spaces as they are often the last refuge from more violent environments. And again selfishly I just want to be surrounded by people shaking their asses and being joyful. I’m always looking for new ways to heal together.
What’s your theoretical/academic background and do you draw from it in your practice?
My research background is basically examining and dissecting everything my mother ever told me which was the knowledge passed down from my mother’s mother’s mother.
Living and organizing in berlin, how do you feel like your practice is situated in the city or spread between different places?
It’s interesting to see how the salon has been received this past year in Berlin. First, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Every salon is well over capacity we always run out of time for conversation. We have about 50% of a regular crowd that’s comes every time and some people have deemed it “church” which my preacher grandfather would find hilarious. The institutional support has been harder to decipher. Being an artist (working mainly in performance and theater) means I am often invited to hold the salon in arts and cultural institutions which was never the goal. But I’m not against it. What I have a problem with and what is always a point I return to is the gaze: who’s looking and how? I often hear “Oh we’ve been looking to program something black or queer” or emails like “Hi I saw that your work is centered on…and then they go to state some vague notion of blackness…maybe you would be interested in participating in this kind of black or on the margins programming we have.” And because the salon is not for profit, these institutions feel like they can capitalize on that. Because culture is capital at the end of day. Always, All ways. Just because it doesn’t put physical dollars into your bank account doesn’t mean that you are not somehow benefitting from the cultural capital of it. And I’m hyper-aware of that. What I’ve learned is to say “No” or “This is what I cost.” There’s a lot of No’s though.
How do politics and pop culture overlap?
Politics and popular culture are a marriage as old as Methuselah and however many women begat him all those children. I don’t really consider it a choice to bring it into my work. The work is dead without both.
Conversation between Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor and Lina Martin-Chan <3
Born of a love for loud music in dark spaces, the arrival of Berlin’s new System.out Sound system is celebrated during a four night residency presented by ACUD MACHT NEU on 1st-4th March.
RESIDENCY PROGRAMME // ACUD STUDIO
DAY 1 // MI 1.3
23H SYSTEM OUT: BEAUTIFUL SWIMMERS // RESOM // More Info
DAY 2 // DO 2.3
19H SYSTEM.LIT A: THE ARGONAUTS // More Info
23H SYSTEM.OUT X THE TRILOGY TAPES: WILL BANKHEAD + SECRET GUEST // More Info
DAY 3 // FR 3.3
19H SYSTEM.OUT X SPFDJ: BEGINNERS’S DJ WORKSHOP // More Info
24H SYSTEM.OUT X CRANIAL HANDLES: PANGAEA // INGA MAUER // More Info
DAY 4 // SA. 4.3
17H SYSTEM.OUT X THALAMUS: PANEL + LIVE SOUND EXCHANGE // More Info
24H SYSTEM.OUT X APPLIED ARTS: BRIAN NOT BRIAN // SOLUNE // VIGERA // More Info
Taking inspiration from classic sound systems, System.out aims to create an open community driven by a passion for music, hosting multi disciplinary parties, listening events and community workshops.
Built on a foundation of the very latest Funktion One loudspeakers and 60kW of high-definition amplifiers, System.out Sound combines unparalleled detail across the frequency and musical spectrum with an intense and deep bass weight.
Shari Vari are the electronic based pop group founded by Helena Ratka and Sophia Kennedy. And they are about to release their first EP ‘Life Should Be a Holiday’ which contains 5 pieces of music that oscillate between songwriting and a more club based track character. Every piece has a way of dealing with traditional forms of songwriting, breaking those rules and structures while combining psychedelic lyrics and chords with dark electronic sounds and weird, stubborn beats. The duo is play at ACUD Club this Thursday. Since some of you might never heard of them before, we asked them to answer our questionnaire. Introducing: Helena Ratka.
Top 5 right now
Pox On You – Silver Apples
The Void – Holy Fix
Boards Of Canada & Colonel Abrams – Trapped
Ela Orleans – Circle One
Ossia – Information
Book you’ve read more than 2x
vincent – goebel
Beer or liquor
New years resolution
How you like your eggs
DO 2.2 // 20H // 10€
ACUD CLUB // RECORD RELEASE
zart agency presents SHARI VARI
the electronic based pop group release their first ep More Info – FB Event
Cairo-based ZULI debuted on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label with the Bionic Ahmed EP to resounding acclaim from JUNO, Fact, and The Vinyl Factory in early 2016. In Cairo he’s a key player in the KiK (Kairo is Koming) group and one of the heads behind the city’s pivotal collective, VENT, as documented by Resident Advisor, where he’s founded a beacon for Egyptian electronic music.
With DJ support by Demdike Stare and Kode9 on Radio 1, ZULI’s debut 12″ covers a unique electronic perspective taking cues from classic UK rufige and Æ’s computer music as well as hip hop. You can hear those disparate junctures in his wicked takeover for Lee Gamble’s NTS show, his JunoPlus podcast, his own monthly NTS show and soon enough on his upcoming 12″s on UIQ and VENT’s label (launching 2017).
ZULI will spend two weeks at ACUD MACHT NEU’s facilities to prepare new material for this site-specific performance. We caught up with Zuli during his rehearse to ask him a few questions about his plans for 2017. If your resolution is to be out and participating in more cultural things or learning more that they should watch our schedule!
What did you do on new years eve?
Bosaina and I had a couples dinner with Ismael and Nur. You can tell how old we are already…
Do you believe in new year’s resolutions?
I guess, I mean it’s always good to set a time frame on your personal goals, so if the beginning of the new year is an excuse to do that then yeah…
Anything new you want to try out this year?
Get into Max MSP and Jitter! Maybe build an A/V show with them and/or light sensors I played with at a workshop in Beirut last November… I basically wanna try building an A/V show.
Is there something you really look forward to?
Releasing my 2nd EP on UIQ.
You started the new year with a residency in the club. What else in on the 2017 list?
A few new records hopefully, yes… the first of which will be on UIQ. Got a few shows and festivals lined up, but too early to talk about those now 😉
Is there an artist you’d like to meet or cooperate with this year?
I’m not big on collaborating with other musicians, I think I’ve been making music on my own for too long and wouldn’t know how to go about collaborating with someone else… but Madlib. I’d like to meet and collaborate with Madlib!