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
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
Photo by Alexander Coggin
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
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!
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
ZULI // ABYSS X // CERA KHIN
egyptian producer’s post-residency performance, plus halcyon veil’s abyss x
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
10 Years Awesome Tapes From Africa
Backyard Summer Screening
HKW presents Hubert Fichte
The second edition of Sounding Images
Hanging in the garden
The Kairo Is Koming club night
Back To The Future + Soup
DJ-Set BASS DEE
MORE REWIND 2016
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 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
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
TRANSMEDIALE + CTM VORSPIEL // OPENING // 15.1.2016 // More Info
DEAD LADIES SHOW #9 // LECTURE PERFORMANCE // 22.11.2016 // More Info
with Marlene Pardeller, Luisa Weiss, Florian Duijsens, Katy Derbyshire
FIORDMOSS // VIDEO PREMIERE+LIVE SHOW // 24.2.2016 // More Info
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)
X EXTRA FLY VOGUING // DANCE PERFORMANCE // 6.10.2016
SOUNDING IMAGES #1 // SCREENING+TALK // 26.7.2016 // More Info
with Klaus Maeck, Fiona McGovern
OCCULTO: THE PICTURE EXPERIMENT // CONCERT+TALK // 8.12.2016 // More Info
with Julia Läger, Alice Cannava
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
SOUNDING IMAGES #3 // SCREENING+LECTURE // 05.10.2016 //More Info
with Bill Dietz, Fiona McGovern
KA BAIRD & CAMILLA PADGITT-COLES, TAKESHI NISHIMOTO & CHRISTOPH BERG // CONCERT // 16.10.2016 // More Info
AURORA SANDER, ROSELINE RANNOCH, LINDA SPJUT // PERFORMANCE+INSTALLATION // 29.8.2016 // More Info
BERLIN FEMINIST FILM WEEK // OPENING PARTY // 11.3.2016 // More Info
MORE REWIND 2016
Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr
Still from Polyrhythm Technoir Pt. II – An Endless Cigarette, 2014
Opening Night for Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr
Willem de Rooij & Mario Pfeiffer
Matthias Sohr at ACUD gallery
Photography: Eric Bell
Elsa Salonen at ACUD gallery
Silke Nowak at ACUD gallery
MORE REWIND 2016
AWA AT TSF 2016 // 3.6.2016 // More Info
COLIN SELF // 16.3.2016 // More Info
KLEIN // 15.10.2016 // More Info
DUPPY GUN SOUNDSYSTEM // 26.4.2016 // More Info
BASS DEE AT 25 JAHRE ACUD // 8.10.2016 // More Info
CARLA DAL FORNO // 12.5.2016 // More Info
HUSSEIN SHERBINI // KAIRO IS KOMING // 22.1.2016 // More Info
LET’S EAT GRANDMA // 15.11.2016 // More Info
LÆTITA SADIER // 17.3.2016 // More Info
here are a couple of our favourite songs by bands playing music at acud during this greyest november
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 Info – FB Event
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
MORE REWIND 2016
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 for our little island hope to have him live on 10th of septmeber” – Doro
Haystacks -Sachal Vasandani
“my easy dreamy catchy tune” – Karen
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: