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Ryoji Ikeda at Hamburger Banhof Berlin by DuChamp

Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda has conceived an exhibition for the Hamburger Bahnhof that, for the first time, compositionally unites the two symmetrical halls on the upper level of the museum’s east and west wings. The exhibition’s title “db” (abbr. for decibel) refers to this symmetry while simultaneously indicating the complementary relationship between the two exhibition spaces.

Ikeda has designed the white room and the black room as counterparts, not only physically (brightness, color), but also conceptually and perceptually. The project is a composition in which time and space are shaped through the most minimal use of sound, light and visual elements. It is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Germany.

Since the mid-1990s, Ryoji Ikeda (born 1966, lives in Paris) has been among the foremost international composers and artists in the realm of cutting-edge digital technologies and their integration into visual and acoustic presentations. His works are based on spatiotemporal compositions in which the musical and visual material is reduced to a minimum: sine waves, sound pulses, pixels of light and numerical data. He investigates sound, time and space on the basis of mathematical methods and transforms them in his concerts and installations into an intense experience for the audience.

The exhibition “db” by Ryoji Ikeda is the latest project in the “Works of Music by Visual Artists” series, which Freunde Guter Musik Berlin has presented in collaboration with the Nationalgalerie Berlin since 1999 and, since 2002, also with MaerzMusik, the contemporary music festival of the Berliner Festspiele.


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.

Upcoming gigs for Berlin-based Japanese sound artist Iku Sakan by DuChamp

14 June: b-flat w/ Erich Zann Quintett feat. Shasta Ellenbogen(viola) – Berlin


17 June: LADRIDO alfa beta festival w/ Volcano the Bear, Ramon Churruca, Nice Girls Become Porn Stars and Then Monstars, Tronatti – Madrid, Spain


18 June: Loophole w/ Tatsumi Ryusui – Berlin


24/26 June: Avantgarde Festival 2011 w/ Faust, Ax Genrich(ex-Guru Guru), Kakawaka, Meeting of the Spirits and many many more – Shiphorst


30 June: Loophole w/ Dario Fariello, Luca Marini, Cristiano De Fabritiis

Able Gallery-“Pudding and the inpudding” Felicity Mangan solo + Wet’n Wild first time live! by DuChamp

Pudding and the inpudding, by Felicity Megan from 2 to 15 June @ Able Gallery, Hobrechtstraße 28


A sound installation of animal sound effects played though hand-made speakers made of pudding and crystal clear plastic bowls.

Felicity Mangan is an Australian sound artist based in Berlin, Germany since 2008. Playing solo and also working with sound artists, visual a

rtists as well as choreographers. In different situations Felicity utilizes CD players and a mixer to reshape and play sound samples from a found Australian native animal CD, played on a stereophonic system or often via hand-made speakers made from re-cycled and found objects. Recently Felicity has worked with JD ZAZIE, Seiji Morimoto and Olaf Hochherz.

Vernissage June 2nd at 8.30 pm, with Wet´n Wild duo for the first time live:

In the duo Wet’n Wild JD Zazie (IT) and Felicity Mangan (AU) utilize CD playing and mixing devices to create hydro and Animalia aural hybrids by meshing and grafting found and self recorded water and animal sounds. In real time, silence and the sound of raw recordings are adjusted and shaped by functions of the playing devices, interplay, acoustics and social forces.

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.

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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