Fri 27.04 18:00 // OPENING // ACUD GALERIE

    Karma Ltd. Extended presents VARIATIONS ON TIME, the third chapter of the curatorial collective @ Acud Galerie.
    OPENING: 27.04.2018 @ACUD GALERIE – 18:00 with Kapwani Kiwanga and Susanne M. Winterling.
    Artist talk: Susanne M. Winterling
    Screening: “The Sun Ra Repatriation Project” by Kapwani Kiwanga
    Performance: Emilija Skarnulyte
    Free entrance
    The dominant model of time in contemporary Western societies is known as a linear, goal-oriented time: a ‘mechanical’ time that can be measured, owned, used, bought and sold by humans. Thinkers such as the geologist James Hutton, the author of the Deep Time theory, have described that the age of the Earth has been determined to be around 4.55 billion years. Humans have been around for an extremely short period on this geological timeline. In the third chapter Variations on Time, Karma Ltd. Extended presents the work of artists who deal with non-anthropocentric, organic tenses and question the traditional time patterns. By providing access to forms of knowledge and understandings that the dominant linear and anthropocentric time culture suppresses, they invite us to imagine different ways of interspecies co-existence and counter-narratives.
    Working with sound, film, performance, and objects, Kapwani Kiwanga (born in Canada, based in Paris) relies on extensive research to transform raw information into investigations of historical narratives and their impact on political, social, and community formation. Her work focuses on sites specific to Africa and the African diaspora, examining how certain events expand and unfold into popular and folk narratives, and revealing how these stories take shape in objects and oral histories. Trained as an anthropologist, Kiwanga performs this role in her artistic practice, using historical information to construct narratives about groups of people. Kiwanga is not only invested in the past but also the future, creating speculative dossiers from future civilizations to reflect on the impact of historical events.
    In the series Subduction Studies (2015-2017), Kiwanga observes the space between Earths continents, specifically Africa and Europe. The speculation of Pangaea Ultima suggests a supercontinent occurring again, which will see Europe slipping underneath Africa. This theory inspired Kiwanga to take photographs at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris of rock specimens from the Northern coast of Africa and Spain. By folding the photographs together, she not only demonstrates a new form but also a new geopolitical perspective, where two continents and their migrants would be geographically connected.
    Kiwanga is the winner of the 2018 Frieze Artist Award. Her work has been shown at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, 2018), Tate Liverpool (2017) and Portikus (Frankfurt, 2017), among others. Kiwanga’s performances have been presented at Documenta 14 (Athens, 2017), Momentum 9 (Oslo, 2017); Tate Modern (London, 2014) and Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2014), among others.
    Susanne M. Winterling (born and living in Rehau and Berlin, Germany) works across a range of 
media to explore the sentient economy, digital cultures and the social life of materials in the environment. Winterling’s practice reflects upon political as well as aesthetic entanglements and power structures among human/animal/matter.Forms and materials narrate about the relationship between species and elements in today’s challenging geopolitical context. Working across a variety of media and with a constant challenging and questioning of artistic media in society, Winterling is known for her time-based installations that critically engage the representation of reality. Prevailing modernistic concepts, power structures, and hierarchical historiographies are captured and investigated in her work in the form of spatial constellations. Her practice emphasizes what pure information and form leaves out – including a sensual approach to media and material as well as body flows. Winterling undertakes affective and material-based research that highlights the subjective interaction between producers, viewers, materials, and species in our ecology.
    Susanne Winterling ’s recent research has centered around microscopic and satelitte image captured marine organisms called dinoflagellates. These protagonists are bioluminescent: when mechanically activated—by the movement of swimmers or boats—populations of dinoflagellates cause a blue glow in the water. Physicist-cum-philosopher Karen Barad cites “dinos” as one instance of “queer” nature: they “are neither plant nor animal, but can act as both.” Winterling calls the bioluminescent dinoflagellates and the ecosystems in which they are embedded an “affective, haptic system.” The teeny organisms react to touch in a way the artist compares to a living touchscreen. In this, she deliberately blurs the lines between the human hand, technology, and plankton. The viewer is put at eye level with the suspended and enlarged organism, albeit one that doesn’t have eyes or a central nervous system. While being a perfect example of embodiment the sentient species are an alarmsystem for changes now heavily announced on the planet. In so doing they suggest an alternative way to imagine communication and community while some awaken by melting ice have turned toxic and remind us of a future with transformations to come.
    Her recent works and projects have been shown at the tba 21 Vienna (2017) MIT List Visual Arts Center (2017), Contour Biennale 8 (2017), Kunstverein Lagenhagen (2016), e-flux in New York (2015) and at the Fridericianum Kassel (2014).
    Curated by Pauline Doutreluingne, Jana J.Haeckel, and Petra Poelzl
    Assistant Curator: Camila Palomino
    Gallery Management: Silvia Prolunghi
    Press: Marianne Jacquet
    Curatorial Intern: Hazal Kaygusuz and Diane Esnault
    Sunday Matinee about Variations on Time @ ACUD STUDIO
    6.05.2018: 11h – 14h
    Free entrance
    Artist talk: Susanne M. Winterling with Pauline Doutreluingne
    Screening: “The Sun Ra Repatriation Project” by Kapwani Kiwanga
    Performance: Cloud Chamber by Emilija Skarnulyte
    Cloud Chamber explores questions of the beginning of the universe in relation to the geological ungrounding processes, invisible structures, geo-traumas and deep time. It is a fictional visual meditation about contemporary science and a cross sections of the larger systems of power and the politics of desire.The relations between humans and nonhumans become transfigured and weaved equally into the new forms of life.
    Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
    Supported by Tanja Wagner
    Acud Galerie, Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin
    Opening hours: Fri-Sat-Sun 13h-19h
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    Sat 28.04 22:00 // CLUB NIGHT // ACUD CLUB

    Der 4. Sonnabend in einem geraden Monat naht und damit die nächste Lange Nacht der Heißen Schwarzen Scheiben voller Rhythmus & Blaus! Magic Shoemaker, Dirty DJane und Austin Martin pirschen sich bereits regelmäßig an ihre Plattenköfferchen heran, füllen sie nach und nach mit mehr als nur ein paar Handvoll der offiziellen und ihrer persönlichen TOP 5000 (ups!) Northern Soul Singles, fügen dann noch etwas Doowop, Powerpop, Disco und Sonstewas hinzu – und fertig ist der Ohrenschmaus-Tanzbeinraus.
    Fertig? Oh nein! Denn zu unserer großen Freude stößt unser lieber Kollege und Nachbar, Schokoladen-Resident Don Caribou in dieser Nacht zu uns :-O Als Co-Gastgeber von Everything Crash ist er bestens für seine feinen Servierkünste sowohl des Reggae, Rocksteady und Ska als auch des Northern Soul, R&B und Modern Soul bekannt, also keine überflüssigen Worte mehr – lasst Euch das nicht entgehen!
    SA 28.4 // 22H // 6€
    northern, motown, modern, r&b
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    Sun 29.04 18:00 // CONFERENCE, TALK // ACUD CLUB

    Acud Macht Neu presents: Northern Resonance, a series showcasing canadian music. The second edition features an artist talk + an ensemble performance with Sarah Devachi, one of the most exciting contemporary electronic composers from Canada.
    This performance will be a special concert featuring an ensemble of local Berlin musicians. The focus of this artist talk will be to illuminate the phenomenon of psychoacoustics and to discuss its creative use in experimental music. Davachi will give insight into her own compositional process and explain different methods she employs in both recording and live performance. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and pose the creative inquiries that arise in their own work as well.
    8€ Workshop or Concert // 15€ Workshop and Concert
    … holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Calgary and a master’s degree in electronic music and recording media from Mills College. As a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music, Davachi is engaged in practices of analog and modular synthesis, psychoacoustic manipulations, multi-channel sound diffusion and studio composition. Davachi’s compositional projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the antiquated instruments and forgotten sonics of a bygone era in analog synthesis, with concurrent treatment of acoustic sources. Her work considers the experience of enveloped sonic dwelling, utilizing duration, gradual transformations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize variations in overtone complexity and natural phasing patterns.
    Her work as a music researcher has been published and presented within Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Since 2007, Davachi has also had the unique opportunity to work for the National Music Centre in Calgary as an interpreter, researcher/content developer and archivist of their collection of acoustic and electronic keyboard instruments. Additionally, she has worked for the Western Front Society in Vancouver as an assistant in archival audio digitization and has lectured on the history of synthesis, sound design, psychoacoustics and audio recording at Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Film School. She has held artist residencies around the world and is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She is currently based in Los Angeles.
    This event is part of the Northern Resonance Canadian Music Series, presented by ACUD Macht Neu with support from the Botschaft Von Kanada. It features a selection of Canadian artists and music-related film, to share the depth, scope, history and future of the nation’s rich music culture with the city of Berlin. Each edition is a reflection of Canada’s position on the world stage as a vital and active contributor to the arts. Curated by Shub Roy.
    SO 29.4 // 18H // 8-15€

    a series showcasing canadian music, this time featuring an artist talk + an ensemble performance with one of the most exciting contemporary electronic composers from canada
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