November 05 – 29, 2021
With the return to exhibitions live and in person, SoundsAbout contemplates the reappearance of a present presence. In the sudden actuality of this moment, we explore the perspectives and relations provided by regained temporalities, intimate relations and shared gazes. At this time a peculiar nostalgia emerges, a desire for something outside of our comprehension, something we cannot grasp or perhaps never existed. Presence is tempered in equal parts hindsight and anticipation. With this series of four sounding installations, we seek to speak in the tension of the present tense, to invest in the possibility of being re-bound to each other, to objects, materials, sonorities, moments, ideas, and spaces. How will this time be remembered, and how long will it last? We already miss the now.
Mit der Rückkehr zu Ausstellungen, die live und persönlich stattfinden, betrachtet SoundsAbout das Wiederauftauchen von Anwesenheit und Gegenwart, von einer präsenten Präsenz. In der plötzlichen Aktualität dieses Moments erforschen wir die Perspektiven und Beziehungen, die durch wiedergewonnene Zeitlichkeiten, intime Beziehungen und geteilte Blicke entstehen. In diesem Moment entsteht eine eigentümliche Nostalgie, eine Sehnsucht nach etwas, das sich unserem Verständnis entzieht, das wir nicht fassen können oder das vielleicht nie existiert hat. Die Gegenwart wird zu gleichen Teilen durch Rückblick und Vorfreude temperiert. Mit dieser Serie von vier Klanginstallationen versuchen wir, in der Spannung der Gegenwart (the tension of the present tense) zu sprechen und in die Möglichkeit zu investieren, wieder miteinander verbunden zu sein, mit Objekten, Materialien, Klängen, Momenten, Ideen und Räumen. Wie wird man sich an diese Zeit erinnern, und wie lange wird sie dauern? Wir vermissen bereits das Jetzt.
“In the likeness of”
Friday 5/11 Vernissage @ 6pm
Saturday +Sunday 6+7/11 from 2-6pm
Kayla Elrod investigates the objecthood of a speaker through a series of performative exercises and intense observations. The process has been recorded and edited, resulting in a short film.
Kayla now welcomes guests to enjoy her findings during her performative screening.
Kayla Elrod is a multimedia artist who enjoys performing, installing, listening, and bonding with objects of all kinds. Many of her works come out on film or from her mouth when she recounts stories of past and future.
Arni Valur Kristinsson
Friday 12/11 Vernissage @ 6pm
Sat, Sun, Mon 13-16/11 from 4-8pm
Inspired by Édouard Riou’s “Lost-In-Translation” illustrations of Iceland LIT presents a
vision of nature remembered / an imagined post-nature.
Active in several electronic music scenes since the late 90’s through both solo and collaborative projects, Árni Valur’s practice in recent years has been revolving around novel techniques in improvisation, sound design and scoring. Currently, his work oscillates between club music, film score composition, experimental video production and performance.
Friday 19/11 Vernissage @ 6pm
Sat, Sun, Mon 20-22/11 from 2-7pm
The exhibition “Untitled“ (topoanalyis) is an acousmatic setting created by surfaces that map personal sonic paths and memories. In the book ‘The poetics of Space’ (1958), Gaston Bachelard introduced the concept of “topoanalysis” as “the systematic psychological study of the sites of our intimate lives.” The presented work extends the surfaces of different domestic objects sonically through images and sounds.
Samuel Perea-Díaz (b.1988, Spain) is an artist and designer living and working in Berlin. Along with architecture and spatial design, his practice incorporates exhibition scenography, curating and sound. He often works with field-recording and generative sound to produce site-specific installations and situated-sound objects.
Davide Luciani, Nico Espinoza, Antonino Modica and Hayden Dean Prosser
“Everything was until it is no more”
Friday 26/11 Vernissage @ 6pm
Sat, Sun, Mon 27-29/11 daily opening hours TBA
“Everything was until it is no more” is an immersive installation to be experienced by a maximum of 4 people at a time. It consists of 8 speakers and one single point of light and It is conceived to be experienced in a completely dark environment. Darkness designs a seemingly borderless space, possibly setting the auditory perception as the sole realm of agency upon oneself, the surrounding and the others. A deterministic series of events triggers ever-changing shifts from the sonic realm toward a short encounter with eyesight. This phenomenon creates infinite liminalities and possibly marks perceptual states, subjective and communal, establishing continuous relationships between the participants, the space and within oneself.
It creates a radically minimalistic environment attempting to recalibrate visitors’ senses, leading them into the far reaches of their sonic and visual perception along with subjective and objective realities. “Everything was until it is no more” speculates upon the gaze as an agency of continuous shifts between phenomenology and communal knowledge.
About the artists:
Davide Luciani is an electronic music composer, sound and visual artist based in Berlin. His practice spans the disciplines of sound and visual arts. His research focuses on the aesthetic of the limit in language, sound and image and to its relationship between materiality and virtuality. His collaborations have been hosted at highly regarded institutions and venues such as Venice Biennial, Berlin Atonal amongst others. He is currently a MA candidate at Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at Udk Berlin. In 2014, together with sound artist Fabio Perletta, he co-founded Mote, an interdisciplinary studio whose practice addresses arts an sound.
Antonino Modica (Italy, 1992) is a sound artist, composer and engineer with a strong focus on creative exploitation of technology, including explorative techniques of feedback networks, digital and analog instruments and self-designed electronic systems, and improvised electroacoustic performance.
Hayden Dean Prosser is a UK born artist and composer based between Berlin and Helsinki whose practice revolves around installation and performative sonic art. Their work often centers on inner experience, language and reduction of hierarchies within sound and other materials. A background in experimental music has led to works that focus on the visual influence on expectation as well as the multiple interplays between artist, performer and audience.
Nico Espinoza (Curicó, Chile, 1986) researches and works with sound by making art, music, design, techniques and technologies, through experimental processes.
His artwork is characterized by a transdisciplinary approach to different fields of knowledge, and his works and performances have been exhibited in Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, London, Belfast, Sydney, Linz, Valparaíso and Santiago.He also works as sound designer, creative coder and art curator for Brazilian creative studios and international institutions such as cactus.is, WeSense, Anableps XR Technologies & Content, JPG.ARQ, Oi Futuro, Festival Multiplicidade and Humboldt University of Berlin.
* SoundsAbout is a collaboration between the Master’s program Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at the University Berlin and the gallery Zwitschermaschine, offering a project space to present and discuss, question and celebrate the work and ideas of our students and their guests for three months every year.