Monday, April 15, 19:00
Hands.on.matter: Regeneration and Soil. feat. Ivana Palčić
Bimonthly program organized by Sandra Nicoline Nielsen and Tim van der Loo
Hands.on.matter invites you to its 4th event. In the face of spring we will be looking into the matter of soil; how soil is a living matter, what components soil is made of, how we keep soil healthy, and how soil is a part of cycles of re- as well as degeneration. Ivana Palčić will be sharing her knowledge on the matter.
The format of the event is based on an expert presentation, a workshop (we will be making seed bombs!) and an exposition by two material practitioners. Ayumi Matsuzaka showcases her entrepreneurial biodegradable diaper project, Dycle. Christian Frank Müller exemplifies a hidden design potential found in soil through his animal seedling coffins.
IVANA PALCIC: Ivana Palčić (HR) holds a Master in organic agriculture and Agrotourism. Agriculture has played an integral role in Ivana’s life for as long as she can remember. Growing up on a farm inspired her to enroll in an Agricultural Studies Master program in Croatia. As a student, she actively participated in various projects involving sustainable agricultural development. She collaborated with professors, local government authorities and fellow students to build a Zero Carbon programme for urban development in Austria. She spent 3 months at North Carolina State University, where she helped local residents and faculty at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). After the 2013 hurricane, alongside with other students and faculty members she transformed a barren landfill into a community garden. Following her formal education she was assistant manager at the oldest organic based business in SE Europe “Biovega” GmBH. She recently moved to Berlin to pursuit her passion in social gardening, organic agriculture combined with enology and gastronomy.
CHRISTIAN FRANK MUELLER: Christian Frank Müller (DE) is a multi skilled designer, with a specialisation in textile and surface design, and research assistant at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee. He realises a wide range of different projects along his themes of diversity and details and simplicity with a twist.
With his project Animal Coffin (2012) he investigated waste and how it could be transformed into a new material. Starting with only using natural, biodegradable materials like hair, flour, vinegar, starch and coffee leftovers he created a new material.
With the properties of the material and quote of Antoine Lavoisier ‘Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed’ in mind he designed an animal coffin. After burying your beloved pet in this coffin the material will start to biodegrade and the coffin including the corpse will be nutrient for the soil and the seeds implanted in the coffin. The deceased animal will be transformed into a tree.
AYUMI MATSUZAKA: Ayumi Matsuzaka (JP) holds a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Nihon University College of Art, Tokyo, Japan, and a Master’s degree in Planning and realization of Visual Art from IUAV (Institute Universitario Di Architettura Venezia) Venice, Italy. Ayumi’s practice pivots around social experiments that explore the bizarre, disgust and emotional attachment through longer term performative engagements with her participants. Bodily waste has become input for Ayumi’s later work, as in Future Beer Cycle, which is beer brewed on urine, and her latest entrepreneurial occupation, Dycle, where used diapers are incorporated in a community cycle.
DYCLE: Dycle is a fundamentally new way of how baby diapers are to be produced, used and recycled, or rather upcycled, when they are no longer a waste but a nutrient for plants, transformed into fertile soil. The project will create small communities of around 100 families each living in the same neighbourhood, meeting regularly at the diapers distribution/collection points, planting fruit trees together, living their lives in a more connected way.
April 11, 12 and 13, 19:00-21:00 daily
XOIR vocal workshop series by Colin Self
Limited spaces, please RSVP via link
XOIR (previously XHOIR) is a non-utilitarian vocal workshop led by Colin Self focused on alternative modalities of group singing. Rooted in somatic research and experimentation, the goal of Xoir is to foster a generative environment for individuals to connect with voice and vocality on an individual and collective level.
Xoir is open to anyone interested in exploring their voice as a tool for learning or re-posturing a new relationship to singing and listening. Prior participation in choral or vocal practices is not required, but any prior experience with listening and engaging experimentally in a musical or studio practice is encouraged. Xoir works with a logic of being “autonomous together” and points into ancient and futuristic logics of ungovernable modalities of community organizing.
More info: http://colin-self.com/xoir
The workshops are donation-based, suggested 5-15 € per day
Limited spaces, RSVP here: https://forms.gle/EDfH6YvbX7PYHhnx7
Colin Self is an artist, composer and choreographer based in New York and Berlin. He creates music and performance pieces designed to expand consciousness, trouble binaries and play with the boundaries of perception. Self works with a broad range of communities using voices, bodies, and computers as tools to interface with biological and technological software.
Self is a teacher at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute in Berlin and has presented work at The Dutch National Opera, HAU Berlin, The New Museum, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen NYC and Issue Project Room, among many international festivals and venues. He is a Rhizome Commission Grant recipient for his video project ClumpTV, and a Queer Art Mentorship Fellow. He served as an Eyebeam Resident in 2016 and a resident fellow at Etopia for FUGA in Zaragoza, Spain in 2018. He is a co-founder of the New York City queer performance collective Chez Deep and The Radical Diva Grant. He received his MFA in music and sound from Bard’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
In his practice, Self works across media with many collaborators. He has made music for various choreographers, including a score with Miguel Gutierrez for Jen Rosenblit and Simone Aughterlony’s Everything Fits in the Room. He works closely with Holly Herndon (4AD), and since 2015 has performed as one third of the Holly Herndon trio, including their tour as direct support for Radiohead. He has also served as the vocalist for electronic duo Amnesia Scanner (PAN). Additionally, Self runs XOIR, an international non-utilitarian vocal workshop focused on alternative modalities of group singing.
April 7. Screening of Handsworth Songs (1986) by the Black Audio Film Collective. Encounter with Louis Henderson and Kodwo Eshun
Sunday, April 7, 17:00
Screening of Handsworth Songs (1986) by the Black Audio Film Collective
Encounter with Louis Henderson and Kodwo Eshun
As a continuation of the research project “The ensemble of the senses and the ensemble of the social” Louis Henderson invites Kodwo Eshun to TIER to be in conversation about the film Handsworth Songs.
Handsworth Songs is a richly-layered documentary representing the hopes and dreams of post-war black British people in the light of the civil disturbances of the 1980s. It engages with Britain’s colonial past, public and private memories, and the struggles of race and class. The title refers to the riots in Handsworth, Birmingham during September 1985. The soundtrack is influenced by reggae, punk and the post-industrial noise movement.
Henderson and Eshun will discuss the role that the BAFC played in advent of a black industrial postpunk culture in the UK in the 1980s, bringing the film and its sound/image-tracks into relation with the music of Test Department, Throbbing Gristle, Jah Shaka and The Pop Group for example. They will discuss the film as an industrial-dub collage made in resistance to the racist police state of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain.
More about Handsworth Songs here: https://lux.org.uk/work/handsworth-songs
Handsworth Songs is being screened thanks to the kind permission of David Lawson.
The Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC), founded in 1982 and active until 1998, comprised seven Black British and diaspora multimedia artists and film makers: John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul, Avril Johnson, Reece Auguiste, Trevor Mathison, Edward George and Claire Joseph. Joseph left in 1985 and was replaced by David Lawson. The group initially came together as students at Portsmouth Polytechnic (their backgrounds included sociology, fine art and psychology), and after graduation relocated to Hackney in east London.
Kodwo Eshun is a British-Ghanaian writer, theorist and filmmaker. He studied English Literature (BA Hons, MA Hons) at University College, Oxford University, and Romanticism and Modernism MA Hons at Southampton University. He currently teaches on the MA in Contemporary Art Theory in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and at CCC Research Master Program of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD (Geneva School of Art and Design). He is also a member of The Otolith Group: founded in 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, the Otolith Group creates films, installations, and performances that are driven by extensive research into the histories of science fiction and the legacies of transnationalism.
Louis Henderson is a filmmaker who is trying to find new ways of working with people to address and question our current global condition defined by racial capitalism and ever-present histories of the European colonial project. Interested in exploring the sonic space of images, his work aims to develop an archaeological method in cinema, listening to the echoes and spirals of the stratigraphic. Since 2017, Henderson has been working within the artist group The Living and the Dead Ensemble. Based between Haiti and France, they focus on theatre, song, slam, poetry and cinema. His work is distributed by LUX and Video Data Bank.
Tuesday, March 19, 19:00
How to process Social Dissonance?
Encounter with Mattin
Mattin is an artist from Bilbao – living in Berlin – working with noise and improvisation. His work seeks to address the social and economic structures of experimental sonic artistic production through live performance, recordings and writing. Using a conceptual approach, he aims to question the nature and parameters of improvisation, specifically the relationship between the idea of ”freedom” and constant innovation that it traditionally implies, and the established conventions of improvisation as a genre. Mattin considers improvisation not only as an interaction between performers and instruments, but as a situation involving all the elements that constitute a concert situation, including the audience and the social and architectural space. He tries to expose the stereotypical relation between active performer and passive audience, producing a sense of strangeness and alienation that disturbs this relationship. He has recently completed a PhD at the University of the Basque Country under the supervision of Ray Brassier and Josu Rekalde. Along with Anthony Iles they edited the book Noise & Capitalism in 2009. In 2012 CAC Brétigny and Tuamaturgia published Uconsitituted Praxis, a book collecting his writing plus interviews and reviews from performances that he has been part of. Both books are available online. Mattin took part in documenta14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017.
Saturday, March 16, 18:00–21:00
Hand to mouth
Ayami Awazuhara and Elia Nurvista
For a one evening event at TIER, Elia Nurvista and Ayami Awazuhara invite the audience to share their thought through foods, how eating habits or the basic nourishment of one’s own culture travels as a body travels.
A hand of someone, large, small, bold, thin or boney is different and individual. A hand has temperature and sensory function, and the skin and lines on the palm shows how we have aged. Not only thinking of where the food is from, from a field to mouth through a marketplace and kitchen, who has touched the food? Who shared the warmth of their hands with the food you just ate?
Ayami shares her two recipes that use fermentation. There will be a demonstration and tasting of pickles in wheat bran and gazpacho with left over rice water. Fermentation as an alternative clock of endurance, she shares the idea of food as medicinal usage for both body and mind.
Elia questions the invisible structure of food preparation and how it is related with domestic work and the activity of caring, usually taken for granted as a wife/woman/mother’s job in the family. She will prepare some home/soul food from Indonesia in the kitchen, which is considered a private space but whose integral activity of cooking will be projected into the public space at TIER. Through this event, she intends to discuss hospitality and invisible labour, both in daily life in the art scene.
Ayami Awazuhara looks for the consequences of hybrid cultural appropriation and transitional processes in the everyday and omnipresent.
A stone, or an orange can become a starting point for a reflection on systems of classification as well as their impact on the design of our world of experience. This practice results in installations, artist’s books, videos and photographs as well as in performances and sound pieces by means of which Awazuhara introduces the phenomena considered into communicative situations, thereby altering the phenomena themselves.
Elia Nurvista (*1983 Yogyakarta, Indonesia) is a young Indonesian artist whose practice focuses on food production and distribution and its broader social and historical implications. Food in various forms — from the planting of crops, to the act of eating and the sharing of recipes — are Nurvista’s entry point to exploring issues of economics, labour, politics, culture and gender. Her practice is also concerned with the intersection between food and commodities, and their relationship to colonialism, economic and political power, and status. She runs Bakudapan, a food study group that undertakes community and research projects, and her social research forms the background of her individual projects, presented through mixed media installations, food workshops and group discussion. Her previous installations use a range of materials from crystalline sugar sculptures to sacks of rice, often incorporating video or mural painting and an element of audience interaction. She lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Thursday, March 14, 19:00
Encounter with Discoteca Flaming Star
We will talk about poetry, landscape, monsters and rehearsing for unknown futures.
The talk will be interrupted by the performance Vampire-Thrillogy.
Cristina Gómez Barrio: Born 1973 in the Alhambra, Spain. Studied in Madrid, Munich, Berlin and did the Whitney ISP in NYC. She works with drawing, studies the color white in performance, takes photographs and dreams.
Wolfgang Mayer: Born 1967 in Wertach, Allgäu, in Germany as the illegitimate child of Bonnie Tyler and Klaus Kinski. He studied at the Academy in Munich, at Bar d´O in NYC and with Ron Clark at the Whitney ISP. He works primarly with drawing, shimmering dust,video and performance.
Together they have been working as the foundation of Discoteca Flaming Star, an interdisciplinary artistic and collaborative performance project since 1998. Discoteca Flaming Star aims to be a mental space that all kinds of artists can enter to play with different paths for contemporary aesthetic praxis, searching for its limits and avoiding processes of formalization, creating spaces for experiments and displaced memories.
The work has been shown at numerous venues including Artists Space, Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, NYC; MUMOK, TBA21, Vienna; HKW, n.b.k., Basso, KW in Berlin, Ojo Atomico, CA2M, Madrid, WHW, Zagreb, Tate Modern, London, De Appel, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam and Kunstmuseum in Stuttgart
They work and live currently in Berlin.