BLOG

TALKING WITH ...
JESSICA LAUREN ELIZABETH TAYLOR

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.
 
24alexandercoggin_jessicataylor
 
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

RESIDENCY
SYSTEM OUT X ACUD MACHT NEU

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
18H30 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: PARIAH // 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
 
//
 
ABOUT
 
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.
 
pastedgraphic-1

ACUD QUESTIONNAIRE
SHARI VARI

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.
 
Name
helena
 
Hometown
hh
 
Nowtown
hh
 
Fave colour
yellow
 
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
 
Fave movie
too many
 
Book you’ve read more than 2x
vincent – goebel
 
Beer or liquor
snaps
 
New years resolution
full
 
How you like your eggs
wienerisch
 
//
 

 
//
 
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

ACUD Q&A
TALKING 2017 WITH ZULI

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!
 

 
//
 
The photo of Zuli has been taken for a feature about the Kairo Is Koming gig at ACUD Club last January.
 
//
 
SA 21.1 // 22H
ACUD CLUB // CLUB NIGHT
acud macht neu presents
SUCCESS:
ZULI // ABYSS X // CERA KHIN
egyptian producer’s post-residency performance, plus halcyon veil’s abyss x
FB Event

REWIND 2016
ACUD MACHT NEU SELECTED

Kara-Lis Coverdale visiting Berlin for the first time

Colin Self’s Make-Up

Mark Ernestus playing Mbalax

Carla Dal Forno playing the bass

The Acido soundsystem

Max Dax im Gespräch mit Michael Rother

AWA rocking the TSF afterparty

The Laurel Halo set at the BCR fundraiser

THE DEAD LADIES<3<3<3<3

ANIKA!

10 Years Awesome Tapes From Africa

Backyard Summer Screening

HKW presents Hubert Fichte

The second edition of Sounding Images

Unangenehme Gefühle

Hanging in the garden

The Kairo Is Koming club night

Back To The Future + Soup

DJ-Set BASS DEE

<<
MORE REWIND 2016
HERE

REWIND 2016
ACUD STUDIO

13413684_1037942312941892_4248511455890825547_n
 
UTOPIAN UNION BERLIN SUMMIT // SYMPOSIUM // 10.6 + 11.6.16 // More Info
 
with Paul Feigelfeld, Katharina Dermühl, Alexander Koch, Peng Collective, Hito Steyerl, Nick Houde, Patricia Reed, Caspar Leander Andresen, Sara Løve Dadadottír, Jeanne Voizard Marceau, Zoë Claire Miller, Tea Palmelund
 
//
 
unangenehme-gefuehle-acud
 
UNANGENEHME GEFÜHLE I // SYMPOSIUM // 3.9 + 4.9.16 // More Info
 
with Aisha Butt, Sonja Cvitkovic, Heike-Karin Föll, Ana-Maria Hadji-Culea, Fiona McGovern, Inka Meißner Manananggal, Megan Francis Sullivan, Cornelia Kastelan, Helmut Draxler, Michaela Meise, Hanna Schwarz, Kate Dervishi, Kerstin Cmelka
 
//
 
img_3001
 
HAZY BORDERS OF THE HEART // SYMPOSIUM // 17.12 + 18.12.16 // More Info
 
with Bini Adamczak, Fine Bieler, Irma Blumstock, Joanna Coleman, Cora Czarnecki und Johanna Schielke, Charlotte Eifler und Katrin Esser, Karin Fornander, Nora Frohmann, Alexandra Ivanciu, Lea Kolling, Elizaveta Kuznetsova, Anna Lebedeva, Dana Lorenz, Julia Lübbecke, Takeo Marquardt, Tess Marschner, Vanessa Opoku, Barbara Proschak, Urska Preis, Ramona Schacht, Katharina Swoboda, Ruudu Ulas, YOR
 
//
 

 
BCR CLUB OF THE MONTH 07 // CLUB NIGHT // 26.2.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
_studio_club_02_hell
 
TRANSMEDIALE + CTM VORSPIEL // OPENING // 15.1.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
dscf0973
 
DEAD LADIES SHOW #9 // LECTURE PERFORMANCE // 22.11.2016 // More Info
 
with Marlene Pardeller, Luisa Weiss, Florian Duijsens, Katy Derbyshire
 
//
 
dscf0398
 
FIORDMOSS // VIDEO PREMIERE+LIVE SHOW // 24.2.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
dscf0995
 
BACK TO THE FUTURE I-III // PANEL SERIES // 30.11 – 2.12.2016 // More Info
 
with Mo Loschelder (Elektro), Tina Friedrich (allgirls international berlin art), Pit Schultz (Botschaft e.V.), Robert Lippok (To Rococo Rot), Christian Morin (Eimer), Ulrich Gutmair (Taz), Séverine Marguin (Humboldt-Universität), Dirk Cieslak (vierte Welt), Suza Husse (District), Steffi Weismann (Kule e.V.), Stéphane Bauer (Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien) (angefragt), Christophe Knoch (Koalition der Freien Szene), Janet Merkel (City University London), Ephraim Gothe (Stadtrat Mitte) (angefragt), Ute Müller-Tischler (Kulturverwaltung Mitte), Dolly Leupold (ehemalige Kulturverwaltung Mitte), Johannes Braun (ACUD Kunsthaus), Annette Maechtel, Heimo Lattner (Berliner Hefte)
 
//
 
img_8019
 
X EXTRA FLY VOGUING // DANCE PERFORMANCE // 6.10.2016
 
//
 
img_6661
 
SOUNDING IMAGES #1 // SCREENING+TALK // 26.7.2016 // More Info
 
with Klaus Maeck, Fiona McGovern
 
//
 
img_0386
 
OCCULTO: THE PICTURE EXPERIMENT // CONCERT+TALK // 8.12.2016 // More Info
 
with Julia Läger, Alice Cannava
 
//
 
studio4
 
HALLO STAR SHIP PAZEMAKER // MAGAZINE RELEASE // 6.3.2016 // More Info
 
with / Gene Beery, Taocheng Wang, Juliette Blightman, Judith Hopf & Martin Ebner, Sophia Le Fraga, Natalie Häusler, Karl Holmqvist und Gerry Bibby
 
//
 
studio3
 
SOUNDING IMAGES #3 // SCREENING+LECTURE // 05.10.2016 //More Info
 
with Bill Dietz, Fiona McGovern
 
//
 
studio1
 
KA BAIRD & CAMILLA PADGITT-COLESTAKESHI NISHIMOTO & CHRISTOPH BERG // CONCERT //  16.10.2016 // More Info

 
//
 
aurora_sander_roseline_rannoch_schneeeule_2
 
AURORA SANDER, ROSELINE RANNOCH, LINDA SPJUT // PERFORMANCE+INSTALLATION // 29.8.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
studio2
 
BERLIN FEMINIST FILM WEEK // OPENING PARTY // 11.3.2016 // More Info

 
<<
MORE REWIND 2016
HERE

REWIND 2016
ACUD GALLERY

01-henning-fehr-philipp-ru%cc%88hr
 
01
 
Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr
 
Still from Polyrhythm Technoir Pt. II – An Endless Cigarette, 2014
 
//
 
02-opening-night-henning-fehr-philipp-ruhr
 
02
 
Opening Night for Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr
 
27.5.2016
 
//
 
03-willem-de-rooij-mario-pfeiffer
 
03
 
Willem de Rooij & Mario Pfeiffer
 
Installation View
 
//
 
04-opening-night-matthias-sohr
 
04
 
Matthias Sohr at ACUD gallery
 
Photography: Eric Bell
 
//
 
elsa-salonen_1
 
05
 
Elsa Salonen at ACUD gallery
 
Installation View
 
//
 
silke-nowak_8s
 
06
 
Silke Nowak at ACUD gallery
 
Installation View
 
<<
MORE REWIND 2016
HERE

REWIND 2016
ACUD CLUB

tsf16_awa

AWA AT TSF 2016 // 3.6.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
colin-self

COLIN SELF // 16.3.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
klein

KLEIN // 15.10.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
duppy-gun-soundsystem

DUPPY GUN SOUNDSYSTEM // 26.4.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
bassdee_keller_25-jahre

BASS DEE AT 25 JAHRE ACUD // 8.10.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
carla-dal-forno

CARLA DAL FORNO // 12.5.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
kairoiskoming_hussein-sherbini

HUSSEIN SHERBINI // KAIRO IS KOMING // 22.1.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
lets-eat-grandma

LET’S EAT GRANDMA // 15.11.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
laetitia-sadier

LÆTITA SADIER // 17.3.2016 // More Info
 
//
 
dawn-mok2_print

DAWN MOK // 16.3.2016 // More Info
 
<<
MORE REWIND 2016
HERE

VID BY VID
NOVEMBER AT ACUD

here are a couple of our favourite songs by bands playing music at acud during this greyest november

ACUD PLAYLIST
MARK ERNESTUS

Sénégal, on Africa’s most Western tip, has bred what many consider the most complex and beautiful percussion style in all of Africa, Sabar drumming. Today it can be found at the roots of the country’s very own dance music, Mbalax. On occasion of the release of his new album with the Ndagga Rhythm Force, legendary producer MARK ERNESTUS is going to rock the floor Friday, 28th November with his favourite Mbalax tunes from the Nineties and early Noughties. For ACUD Blog he put together a playlist with five Senegalese Mbalax rockers.
 

 

 

 

 

 
///
 
FR 28.10 // 19H // 7€
ACUD CLUB // FOOD + FILM + PANEL + PARTY
BOMAYÉ SÉNÉGAL SPECIAL:
MARK ERNESTUS // DJ MATAR // FLORIAN SIEVERS
19H senegalese food // 20H film: toukie boukie // 21H30 panel //
22H30 party with mbalax sounds and more
More InfoFB Event

TEAM PLAYLIST
HEAVY ROTATION 14


 
Luca Olivotto – Am Park
 
“Love this track, by Luca Olivotto aka Rockaforte, founder of Endless Music. Looking forward to their first showcase at Chalet on August, 14!”
 
///
 

 
(TEMP FM 008) HNRK
 
“Farewell, Sarah! Come back soon <3" - Lukas   ///  
 
Drugdealer – Suddenly feat. Weyes Blood
 
“Nice summer earworm by Mike Collins…I once got woken up in this guy’s living room by a chicken! Coming to ACUD sometime soon.” – Shub
 
///
 

 
Polo & Pan – Canopée EP
 
“Spending my last moments sitting close to a babe I’ll miss like crazy” – Athi
 
///
 

 
Einstürzende Neubauten Sehnsucht
 
“Adieu Sarah!” – Julie
 
///
 

 
Christian Chevallier – Sea Cathedral
 
“sea sounds and organs from france. farewell sarah and athi! when you come back i’ll speak french fluently of course!” – Basti
 
///
 

 
Coultrain – Let’s Pretend it’ll Last
 
“to feed our souls” – Doro

TEAM PLAYLIST
HEAVY ROTATION 13


 
Space Art – L’Obsession d’Archibald
 
“space art is the shit” – Basti
 
///
 

 
Tarquin Manek – Sassafras Gesundheit
 
“Tune in to Berlin Community Radio on Friday, July 15th at 14:00 to hear Tarquin Manek play a live session from the ACUD Club.” – Shub
 
///
 

 
Dennis Bovell – Living In Babylon
 
“living in babylon…“ – watch this classic london reggae film at BACKYARD SUMMER next wednesday!” – Julie
 
///
 

 
Machinedrum – Infinite Us
 
“on heavy rotation since two weeks now – thx basti” – Lukas
 
///
 

 
Happa – Rinse FM Podcast
 
“love it” – Sarah
 
///
 

 
Islandman LP
 
“islandman for our little island hope to have him live on 10th of septmeber” – Doro
 
///
 

 
Haystacks -Sachal Vasandani
 
“my easy dreamy catchy tune” – Karen

CALL FOR INTERNS

lamaacudfini

We, ACUD MACHT NEU, are offering two internships to support our graphic design and social media section. The internship would start in September and last for six months. Our collective runs ACUD club, studio and gallery at Kunsthaus ACUD. Besides helping with posters, flyers, facebook, twitter and the newsletter, you would get an insight in how to run an independent music and arts venue. If you are interested, please send your application to:
 
info@acudmachtneu.de

TEAM PLAYLIST
HEAVY ROTATION 12


 
Jamie XX – Gosh
 
“Oh my Gosh” – Lukas
 
///
 

 
Klein – Marks Of Worship
 
“More than a song, more than a music video- an experience. Klein is an artist to watch.” – Shub
 
///
 

 
Ur my bby – Ricky Eat Acid
 
“summer distortion. ricky eat acid is great” – Basti
 
///
 

 
Sigourney Skywalker – Mix 2.
 
“Just found a new Sigourney Skywalker Mix in the ether… elevating!” – Mieke
 
///
 

 
Jaakko Eino Kalevi Mix N°5
 
“wonderful pop gems of all genres compiled by jaakko eino kalevi – soon djing at our backyard summer!” – Julie

SOMMER PROGRAM
ACUD BACKYARD SUMMER

On selected Wednesday and Sundays throughout the summer, we invite you to our backyard to cool down with music, food, drinks and friends. Summer sounds from reggae and psychedelic to Hawaiian, as well as music from ACUD housemates Berlin Community Radio’s live stream. Plus: live sets in the club, a special summer drinks menu and soul food from Glory Box.
 
Spend the early evening hours and welcome the best part of the week with us!
 
///
 
SO 26.6 // LIVE+FOOD+DJ
Moondog In Hawaii:
HOBOCOMBO
HULA HUT AND THE SEVEN SEAS

FB event / More Info
kaleidoscopic trip around moondog and the golden era of hawaiian music
 
MI 29.6 // LIVE+DJ
presented by Shameless/Limitless
SAD EYES
APORIA

FB event / More Info
London’s nervous karaoke crooner Sad Eyes and New Zealand/Berlin psychedelic duo
 
MI 13.7 // CONCERT
DJ JAAKKO EINO KALEVI
LONG SAM
live
FB event / More Info
weird synth pop from finland
 
MI 20.7 // SCREENING+DJ
JIMMY CLIFF’S “THE HARDER THEY COME” (1973)
DJ CARL LUIS (DUTY FREE)
More Info
 
SO 24.7 // CONCERT+DJ
MARLAIS live acoustic
MONA LISA DISCO DJs
More info
marlais’ modernized british folk
MI 27.7 // LIVE+DJ
More Info
 
MI 3.8 // LIVE+DJ
More Info
 
MI 17.8 // LIVE+DJ
More Info
 
MI 24.8 // LIVE+DJ
More Info