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14 January – SAVE THE DATE – Occulto Issue √-1 Release Event @General Public, Berlin by nanabianca

Dear Berliners, the time has come: 300 kilograms of glossy paper finally arrived to Germany and are ready to meet you.

It will happen in General Public, on 14th January, from 6pm on, and it will feature interventions, installations and performances of some of our beloved contributors (and of some other talented friends too).

6 pm – 10pm
The Apocalypse is round corner, and we do want to be prepared. Occulto Magazine asked some brilliant composers, musicians and other music professionals to recommend old and new tracks that can help us on the way.
Occulto Magazine and friends/collaborators will also curate video and paper installations that will be on display all night long.

DU CHAMP – liveset
TATSEMME (Tatsumi Ryusui + EMME) – liveset

Wir freuen uns auf euch ❤

Occulto: the dubious magazine bringing together science, humanities and the visual arts. WE NEED MORE DISCIPLINES IN HERE.



Brandon LaBelle @ General Public by DuChamp


// Opening: June 23, 7pm | 19h00
// Duration: June 24rd – 26th, 2011
// Opening Times: Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25, 4 – 6pm
// General Public Schoenhauser Allee 167c Berlin

ROOM TONE an exhibition by Brandon LaBelle

Sound moves between inside and outside. It disturbs what may appear static, while also providing moments of deep connection. It flows through the environment as temporal material lending dramatically to the experiences we have of being in particular buildings.
The project is developed as a conversation between sound and architecture. Working with architects, designers and artists from around the world, I sent them three audio recordings of my apartment in Berlin. Attempting to sound out the space, the recordings document the ambient, material and dimensional aspects of the apartment. The participants were then given the task of making a physical model of the apartment by using the sounds as their only source of information. In this way, a process of translation and interpretation developed, incorporating an understanding, however factual or fantastical, of the auditory into rendering a spatial form.
For the opening of the exhibition, the new publication “Site of Sound: Of Architecture and the Ear Vol. 2” (edited by Brandon LaBelle & Claudia Martinho, published by Errant Bodies Press) will be presented with a specially constructed display by the artist Riccardo Benassi. 

Carlos Campos, Buenos Aires; Lise Laurberg, Copenhagen; Yeoryia Manolopoulou, London; Jonathan Mosley + Sophie Warren, Bristol; Anna-Kristina Netzel, Berlin; Valeria Merlini, Berlin; Margit Leisner, Curitiba; Daniela Oroquieta, Santiago de Chile; Anke Wünschmann + Achim Wollscheid, Frankfurt; Reinhard Brügmann, Berlin; Lewis & Taggart, Bergen; Bruno Ebersbach, Berlin; Roberto Arad & Rafael Lino, Curitiba; Martina Schaaf, Potsdam; Office Z, Memphis 

// Talk, Presentation & Sound + exhibition
// Date: 26th June 2011, 20h   @ General Public

The acoustic & More

Brandon LaBelle – The acoustic & More
Sound can be appreciated as forming a unique paradigm, locating our field of relations according to experiences of listening, acoustics, auditory memory, speech, etc. Following the particularity of the auditory paradigm, the presentation maps out acoustical spatiality as a process of interference, multiplication, and othering, to suggest a more pronounced relational perspective on what it means to hear.Profile 
Brandon LaBelle is an artist and writer living in Berlin. His work addresses the relation of the public and the private, sociality and the narratives of everyday life, using sound, performance and sited constructions as creative supplements to existing conditions. He is the author of Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (Continuum, 2006) and Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (Continuum, 2010). He is currently professor at the National Academy of the Arts in Bergen, Norway.

Munn, Negrão & Kristinsson at General Public by DuChamp

// Date: March 8, 2011
// Time: 21h

la gioiosa macchina da guerra in collaboration with general public presents

Luke Munn (material soundscapes, NZ/DE)

Miguel Negrão (drone, PT/NE)

Steindór Kristinsson (ambient, IS/NE)

Luke Munn is a Berlin based artist with a sound and socially focused practice. His work centres around re-activating, and re-presenting sound as itself: site-specific performances and projects that often use the architecture of a space, objects from the audience, field recordings of the area, or historically or socially derived audio. His work has featured in the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Q-O2 Brussels, Laborsonor Berlin, and others – with performances in Paris, Dublin, Chicago, Berlin, Auckland, and New York.

Miguel Negrão is a sound artist born in 1981 in Lisbon, Portugal. Under the alias ZLB he has been active with Drone and Ambient music projects, having released one album “I Was Vaguely Aware of Something” on Friendly Virus, an independent record label and collective of which he is part and helped create. He has performed or presented pieces for the Wave Field System of the Game of Life foundation, Acousmonium sound diffusion system of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales and for the SoundWalk installation of Miso Music Portugal. He has played in Lisbon, Porto (PT), Den Haag, Utrech, Leiden (NL) and Vigo, A Corunã, Ferrol (ES). With a Bachelor Degree in Applied Mathematics, he has recently finished a Masters at the Sonology Institute in the Den Haag Conservatory on the topic of Strategies in diffuse spatialization, specifically, using the 192 speaker Wave Field Synthesis system of the Game of Life Foundation.

Steindór Kristinsson (a member of the Icelandic electronic duo Einóma) is an electronic sound artist currently situated in Den haag. He has (for the last 6 years) been studying at the Institute of Sonology and performing electronic music in various projects: around Den Haag and other Europien cities. At this point Steindór’s performance focuses on a fusion and interaction between experimental electronic sounds and rhythms.

SoundTheories # 5 at General Public by DuChamp
February 23, 2011, 10:41 am
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27th of February 2011, Sun, 6pm.
title: Echostate, Resonances and Politics
with: Stephen Kennedy (via skype) and Kabir Carter (moderated by Jan Thoben and Shintaro Miyazaki)
place: General Public, Schönhauser Allee 167c, Berlin.

The 5th session will be dedicated to a theory of sonic economy.

Abstract Stephen Kennedy: Echostate

Echostate is a term related to Foucault’s category ‘statement’, and expands its scope by examining how statements get echoed and amplified across a range of media that exist in multiple simultaneous forms. Without challenging Foucault’s refusal to give examples of his concept, the paper will seek to demonstrate how it works as an acoustic refrain where disparate and uncertain forms coalesce to create an impact that once identified melt into air or undergo a quantum leap before reforming in a newer, or indeed an older, time and space, or spacetime. Hence certain phenomena can be described as having the characteristics of a statement without operating as exemplars.

Beginning with the question of representation as a field of philosophical inquiry that impacts directly on the ways in which contemporary mediated environments are understood, sonority is presented here as embodying movement. This idea is pivotal if we are to progress beyond the Ontic to the Ontological as a process that is always in motion and is capable of accounting for the complexities present in the contemporary digital age.The paper will move from Plato to Jean Luc Nancy via Leibhiz, Scopenhauer, Neitzsche, Adorno, Heidegger, Foucault, Deleuze, McLuhan, Lyotard, Attali, and Pauline Oliveros to show how acoustic engagement can enhance critical thinking.

Profile of Stephen Kennedy:
Dr Stephen Kennedy is an academic at the University of Greenwich, whose main research interests lie at the intersection of theory and practice in relation to the political economy of contemporary communications technology. He is currently in the process of producing a book on this topic entitled The Technology Agenda. He is also a practicing musician and DJ with a number of successful releases under the name of One Deck & Popular and is currently working on a major new research initiative Sonic Economies: A Politics of Decline in the Motor City that proposes the comparative study of musical phenomena in Coventry and Detroit from a geo-philosophical perspective.

Kabir Carter: Artist Presentation

New York based artist Kabir Carter will present materials related to select sound works that he has realized over the past decade. He will elaborate upon the influence of urban architecture, underground dance music, postwar experimental music, and telematic art on his activities, and relate his practice to ongoing trends in telecommunications research and development, and architectural acoustics.

Profile of Kabir Carter:
Kabir Carter’s work moves between performance and installation, and focuses on the physical and emotional effects of architecture and acoustics in private and public spaces. He has exhibited at Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Diapason Gallery, New York; Inter Arts Center, Malmö; Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. He has also presented his work at museums and art spaces throughout the United States. Carter has participated in festivals and biennials including club transmediale, Full Pull, Performa, Subtropics, and Unsound New York, and has been an artist-in-residence at LMCC/Workspace: 120 Broadway, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Create @ iEAR residency program. He has received commissions and awards from the American Music Center, Danish Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Media Alliance, among others. Carter has written for various publications including ART.CULT, Modern Painters, and Nutida Musik, where he is regular contributor. He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, where he was a Joseph Hartog Fellow.

Insects eyes by DuChamp

We love insects for many reasons. Few that comes up in my mind, one the way Burroughs keep repeating “insect eyes” in “Naked Lunch”, two because they are aesthetically beautiful, and three for this amazing sci-fi novel, called “Consider her ways” by John Wyndham , one of the most intelligent vision on gender fight. It exist also a very nice episode from the series Alfred Hitchcock hour, inspired by that novel.

On fri Mar 4th there will be the launch of this very interesting insect-related book:

INSECT MEDIA: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology
By Jussi Parikka, University of Minnesota Press | 320 pages | 2010
Posthumanities Series, volume 11

in General Public, Schoenhauser Allee 167c, 10435 Berlin

and, on the 8th, this concert, organized by La Gioiosa Macchina da Guerra/General Public

Munn, Negrão & Kristinsson
// Date: 08. March 2011, 21h
// Venue: General Public, Schoenhauser Allee 167c, 10435 Berlin 

la gioiosa macchina da guerra in collaboration with general public presents

Luke Munn (material soundscapes, NZ/DE)

Miguel Negrão (drone, PT/NE)

Steindór Kristinsson (ambient, IS/NE)

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