Nicolas Bernier, Driftmachine, Karl Heinz Jeron, Christina Kubisch, Quadrature, Peter Cusack, Stefan Drees
What does the future sound like? Future Soundscapes invites you on an audiovisual trip through time: Over the four days of the festival, artists from the realms of music, media art and sound art explore the past and present of science fiction sound in pop culture, music and cinema.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
silent green Kuppelhalle
4pm / Lecture by Stefan Drees: On the sonic and musical design of dystopian and utopian spaces in science fiction films
5pm / Lecture by Peter Cusack: Are future soundscapes already here?
6pm / Performance: Karl Heinz Jeron and Stefan Riebel - R C O
silent green Betonhalle
8pm / Audiovisual performance: Quadrature - LGM#2
9pm / Audiovisual performance: Nicolas Bernier - transfert (299 792 458 M/S)
10pm / Concert: Driftmachine
Ticket: 12,00 €
silent green Kuppelhalle
Stefan Drees: Future soundscapes – On the sonic and musical design of dystopian and utopian spaces in science fiction films
Peter Cusack: Are future soundscapes already here?
The acoustic stereotypes of science fiction are sometimes utopic, but more often the opposite – hellish dystopias or catastrophic landscapes. But what do existing places of major environmental damage actually sound like? As a field recordist (and musician) with a long interest in the environment I have travelled to disaster areas such as the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the Caspian oil fields, German brown coal mines and Central Asia's disappearing Aral Sea to find out. I have also recorded developments usually considered to be positive and sustainable – wind and solar power, electric vehicles. The talk will present recordings/images from these places and discuss what implications they have for real future soundscapes and how they compare to the sonic predictions of science fiction.
R C O
A project by Karl Heinz Jeron and Stefan Riebel
RCO produces soundscapes by combining several decommisioned pacemakers with self-developed electronic circuits.
During live performances, fleeting and improvised installations emerge which take up the peculiarities of the respective location and allow them to flow into the continuously varying sound structures.
silent green Betonhalle
Quadrature’s artistic research focuses on data and physical experiments. The Berlin artist collective uses new technologies and scientific findings as inspiration as well as raw material. They pursue a transdisciplinary approach, using various media such as time-based performance and installation as well as classical sculptural and two-dimensional works.
For some years, the artists have been focusing specifically on the methods and tools for exploring the cosmos. For Quadrature the universe represents an intangible but very real place for their reflections, evoking both the most elemental emotions and the most advanced scientific theories. The boundaries and limitations the human mind and its physical representations encounter resonates in all their work.
The members of the Berliner Künstlerkollektiv Juliane Götz, Sebastian Neitsch and formerly Jan Bernstein (until 2016), have won several awards and scholarships for their artistic practice, including recognition by the Prix Ars Electronica in 2015 and 2018, scholarships from the Kunstfonds Bonn, Akademie Schloss Solitude and LaBecque, as well as a fellowship from PODIUM Esslingen and the Hertz-lab of the ZKM Karlsruhe(Centre of Art and Media). Their work is shown around the world in festivals and exhibitions.
transfert (299 792 458 m/s)
transfert (299 792 458 m/s) is marking a shift from Nicolas Bernier’s previous conceptual and rather minimal series, frequencies. From the white scientific background explored with frequencies various audio-visual performances and installations between 2012 to 2016, Bernier is now visiting science fiction and the oversweet 80s pop culture. The piece is driven by loads layered synthesizers recalling sci-fi soundtracks that are animating colored neons at the speed of light. Somewhere between the spacetime travel light beams or the spaceship control panels and corridors, the 3 scenographic structures are moved by the artist, altering the perception of light and space.
The work is a hyperbolic, artificial science fiction scene.
Nicolas Bernier creates audiovisual performances and installations aiming to carve a dialogue between sound and tangible matter. Shaped by his work within the fields of cinema, literature, dance and theatre companies, his own language blend together elements of music, photography, design, science, video art, architecture, light design and scenography. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sources and digital processing.
Modular synth duo Driftmachine started as a workshop where Andreas Gerth and Florian Zimmer, producers of an extensive back-catalog of records and projects, focused on synth exploration and the search for a new approach for groove and bass-driven music. The project steadily evolved and the duo ended up releasing several albums on the acclaimed Mexico-based experimental imprint Umor Rex, labels like Hallow Ground & Ongehoord. The duo also produced sound montages for several exhibitions of fine arts, e.g. for Riga International Biennial RIBOCA and for the artist Moritz Götze. As part of their live performance, they collaborate with video artist Mika Shkurat. He is a member of the electronic pop trio Nisantashi Primary School and explores classical video feedback techniques using an analogue LZX-based video-synth combined with a screen and live camera footage.