Filed under: occultofest | Tags: 2012, apocalypse, armageddon, Berlin, Concert, Festival, Kreuzberg, music, Occulto, OccultoFest
Occultofest 2012 is coming, thank God. Save the date and book your flights/trains/car lifts: Occultofest 2012 Armageddon Edition will happen in May 25th and 26th in Berlin Kreuzberg.
More info on concerts program very soon here!
This year we will have a series of talks instead of a workshop, and there is a call for talks, we warmly invite all to submit ideas!
And, as always, a manifesto!
“Let it be a giant asteroid hitting the earth, the ultimate economical crisis, the third world war, the return of the big reptiles due to the Earth overheating, or a bunch of helicopters dropping napalm accompanied by Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyries: Apocalypse is indeed not just a specialty number of religious fanatism and more or less articulated esoteric discourse. One or more of its possibile declination…continue reading“
Filed under: occultofest | Tags: Berlin, cold weather, education, Occulto, Occulto Magazine, Pankow, poverty, research, Sci fi, Science, visual arts, weirdness
It stayed glossy, it went thicker: 176 pages which bring together science, humanities and arts.The first 100 Occulto exemplars ordered via mail at firstname.lastname@example.org will feature a special CD compiled by no less than Onga Boring Machines. Be fast, order now!
Occulto explores new possibilities in the popularisation of science in connection to other fields such as the visual arts, parascientific theories and history of ideas.
Occulto affirms the cultural value of scientific knowledge and the potential of an interdisciplinary approach opened to deviance and irony. Its research also questions past and present attempts to find shortcuts to knowledge (and power), the fascination towards the irrational and revealed truths.
What lies behind the insurmountable gap dividing humanities and science?
OCCULTO. WE NEED MORE DISCIPLINES IN HERE.
Filed under: occultofest | Tags: art, art science, Artissima, Boring Machine, MRI, mystery, NMR, Occulto, Occulto Magazine, Pseudo science, Science, sea urchins, weirdness
Issue √-1 is almost there!
OUT IN NOVEMBER 2011
It has kept its glossy outlook but is twice as thick.
It features stories about urine tests and work conditions; sea urchins and Magnetic Resonance Imaging; oscillations applied to neuroscience and electronic music; delirious theories about how sistematic blood transfusions can heal any mortal disease; reflections on the damages caused by scientific analfabetism in the last centuries and more more more.
PREMIERE IN ARTISSIMA LIDO IN TURIN, 4 – 6 November 2011 http://artissima.it/frontend/in-citta/artissima-lido/
Filed under: concert, Uncategorized | Tags: Dub, Experimental, Free Jazz, HHY & The Macumbas, Mark Stewart, occultism, Occulto, Pop Group, Porto, Portugal, primitivism, Raz Mesinai, ritual, soopa, Steve McKay
Friday, June 10
at Altes Finanzamt
SOOPA collective book presentation + exhibition
Soopa crew improvisation + guests
Soopa is a collective of Porto, Portugal started off a little over ten years ago, as an effort to gather musicians of different backgrounds into a performing collective with a strong focus on improvisation and a quasi cinematic visualization of sound narratives. In time, the project began to take on a much wider scope, evolving into its current multidisciplinary and somewhat holistic status. Soopa is organised around the central core of Jonathan Uliel Saldanha and Filipe Silva and features the collaboration of a network of musicians, artists and thinkers whose approaches are in some way connected to their own. Affliated musicians are Steve Mackay, known as saxophonist on the recent The Weirdness and Funhouse by The Stooges, Badawi aka Raz Mesinai and Mark Stewart of The Pop Group.
Although Jonathan and Felipe have a different musical background, they immediately understood those differences to be secondary in the face of our shared interests, such as the impact of sound on matter and psyche, the ocurrence of extreme musical forms in both traditional and contemporary contexts, ritualistic practices and their place in our current society, the reconfiguration of time through musical stasis, the dialectics of visible/occult, mental space/outer space. “Our individual approaches and methodologies may differ, but our work lurks a central idea. We both belong to a tradition that spans time and place, and reconfiguration of perception and reality investigating.”
The Macumbas are a cast of musicians assembled by Jonathan Saldanha (HHY) to perform his space-age voodoo Dub constructions, combining a feverish barrage of Haitian ceremonial bone-percussion, heavy sub-bass lines, clusters of horns and Skull Cave echo.
Influenced by Magick and ritual, they use Dub to unravel the sonic spectrum that connects King Tubby and Sun Ra with Macumba rhythms from the mental jungle.
Alessandro Masera and Diego Ferri making 5 totally different soundchecks! And, our stages (like 4 different stages…madness…)
What a day! 1 hour of great video screening, 5 amazing performances, many hours of an intense workshop and more or less 80 people in….we are definitely happy of day # 1!
And tonight, more screening, more music, and more creepiness
Filed under: occultofest, weirdness | Tags: AC Galerie, Ausland, Berlin, Concert, cut ups, electronic voice phenomena, EVP, Experimental, Experimental music, field recording, knowledge, mystery, noise, Occulto, Occulto Fest, Occulto Magazine, OccultoFest, Pseudo science, psychogeography, radio, radio hacking, Sci fi, shortwave, situationism, spiritism, workshop
Conceveid and directed by Martin Howse and Martin Kuentz
But… But what is detection if not confession?
[NIcholas Roeg's Bad Timing, 1980]
The conditions of the sentience had been here, he imagined, fulfilledin the method of collocation of these stones –in the order of their arrangement, as well as in that of the many fungi which overspread them, and of the decayed trees which stood around –above all, in the long undisturbed endurance of this arrangement, and in its reduplication in the still waters of the tarn.
[Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher, 1839]
A two day workshop exploring the work of EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) and ITC (Instrumental Trans Communication) practitioners such as Friedrich Juergenson, Konstantin Raudive and Klaus Schreiber under the twinned practical methodologies of excitation (pick your carrier) and paranoid detection (everyday forensics). Detection is rehearsed in its widest sense, as a “making sense of that which is”. The detection workshop points towards playful techniques for the investigation of materiality and message which are positioned to one definite side of scientific, economic or teleological examinations; this revealing is necessary. And finally, to ask the question, experimentally, of what exactly constitutes detection and the work of the detective?
1st day schedule
Examination of classical EVP techniques with an emphasis on light/provision of carrier and subsequent detection/recording, and on the practical repurposing of electronic detection hardware (radios, tape recorders, video machines).
A series of experimental platforms ranging across radio, ultrasonics, white noise, light and vibration will be constructed alongside a set of experimental apparatus for use during the following day’s excursion. A small overnight test situation also will be set up at a new location.
2st day schedule
Fieldtrip to an to-be-specified location for primary inscription and playback of the stone tape. Other activities will include geophony, amateur geo-forensics and the construction of ad-hoc seismometers, dowsing, excavation, and forensic enquiry.
The workshop will close with a public presentation/performance with willing workshop participants at Ausland.
That which participants could bring
Any form of recording or transcribing device (tape/HD recorder, camera, pencil, paper), materials for excitation and subsequent detection (for example, minerals), and dowsing rods/pendulums.
Filed under: occultofest | Tags: AC Galerie, Berlin, CC TV, Experimental music, Occulto, Occulto Magazine, Prenzlauer Berg, Pseudo science, Sci fi, Science
La gioiosa macchina da guerra, AC Gallerie and Occulto Magazine are proud to present:
Sat 12 March 2011
@ Ausland, Lychener Str. 60 Berlin
infos, schedules, and yummy things coming soon!