here I keep you updated on what's up and where we can meet soon, hopefully.
ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE IV
23rd June – 1st July 2017
Performing Arts Forum, St.Erme Outre et Ramecourt, FR
Once a year we live together. All bodies are possible and welcome: for the 4th time ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE makes itself available as an experimental space to practitioners and thinkers who want to take seriously, share and question the erotic capacities of their practice and thinking. The erotic is intended here as the kind of power that circulates amongst bodies and ideas, beneath and against vectors of political oppression and generative of other possible material compositions.
The collective study and care we began around rituals, magic, formalisation, healing, poetry, the erotic and activism has been unfolding and strengthening itself through the years as a form of necessary on-going caremaking. The internet before the internet we invoked in the past edition of E&O, has been established and sustains us - we meet again this year to keep on charging it and ourselves in it. The solidarity we established is not just a grid to fall back onto, or a large “we” of belonging, it is rather an active power we secretly carry inside as we move through the world on our own. There is a lot to be done, we take the current crises as a clue, a departing point for possible and necessary experiments in the ways we organise our lives together and in the ways we go about knowing. Please RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org. More info on program and participants here >>>
THE OTHER THING
1st April 11:00 – 2nd April 11:00 2017 Ongoing
MDT, Slupskjulsvägen 30, Stockholm, SE
Invited contributors by Siegmar Zacharias are: Valentina Desideri, Daniela Bershan, Ben Woodard, David Roden, Emma Haugh, Pontus Petterson, Anna Pehrson, Thomas Zamolo, Bettina Knaup, Mårten Spångberg, Amanda Apetrea and Halla Ólafsdóttir.
The Other Thing invites you to immerse yourself for 24hrs into artistic research. Siegmar Zacharias is opening her research into a new work with the working title Slime Dynamics* (with Julia Rodriguez, Mirjam Sögner, Sandra Blatterer, Giulia Paolucci, David Eckelmann). (*borrowed from Ben Woodard):
“The Other Thing will gather people from the field of research who have developed their own practices around questions that I am working on (questions of fluidity, the materiality of speech, questions of darkness, the ethics of queering, the workings of the erotic and the affect of the abject and the uncanny – and how they contribute to a social imaginary). It is important to me that this event opens up a whole area of artistic and academic researches and practices, activating an experiencing and thinking together, sensing and observing the differences rather then building a watertight lineage. I have invited local and international practitioners that offer their perspectives and practices as projects in process. They are outstanding artists, philosophers, curators, DJane who are my real phantasmagoric reference points in this new work. What interests me in such a proposal is that it produces and reflects the fact that a work is part of an existing ecology. It opens up the theatre into a field of knowledge production and conversation.
There will be listening, watching, thinking, talking, eating, drinking and snoozing together.”
11. February 2017, TLÖNTOPlA: Marathon of Intimacy
21:00 - 5:00 at TLÖN, Malmö, SE
Cavemusic & Bodies In Motion
Tlön and BABA ELECTRONICA presents: A night-long experiment, a tonal meditation transformed into a rhythmic space.
What happens if we redescribe the DJ as a listener and a caretaker? What happens if the same person plays from the beginning to the end?
21.00 DOORS OPEN
21.30 OPENING CEREMONY
22.00 CAVEMUSIC: Somatic DJing for Horizontal People (Limited / Closed doors)
00.30-end BODIES IN MOTION (Doors open again)
More Info about pre-sale and tickets here.
20. January 2017 - COULD HAVE BEEN SOME BODY
Popsculpture for Tday
\\\ Today is #Tday \\\
injustice going on for centuries
is impossible to ignore any longer
this crisis is a clue
no power can enclose us
no bridge can be someone elses back
****** #seeyouatthecrossroads ******
#resistance #deeplistening #blues #experimental
#sampleuniverse #Tday #crossroads
08.January 2017 - WE WAKE UP LIKE THIS
Live Recording of BABA ELECTRONICA mix on 1~1~2017 at Performing Arts Forum
~~~WE WAKE UP LIKE THIS~~~
in a cococonut flavoured world
with 100+ magical humans
before the collective blues could emerge
we took the best medicine of all:
MUSIC <3 LOVE
live recording of afternoon chill set
playing my favourite tracks from 5 decades
~~~have a magical 2017~~~~
BABA <3s YOU
10 December 2016, Festa da Oficina de Imaginacao Politica
14:00 - 16:00 Biennale Sao Paulo (BR)
21:00 - 5:00, Al Janiah, Rua 13 de Maio, Sao Paulo (BR)
Very exited to play together with Andre Baiano and NoPorn (Liana Padilha & Luca Lauri) at the closing party of the OIP. We will play a short warm up set in the afternoon at the OIP at the Biennale Sao Paulo and then at night at Al Janiah, a cultural and political space run by refugees. More info in Portuguese you find here.
Oficina de Imaginação Política é uma iniciativa que parte do convite de “Incerteza Viva”, 32a Bienal de Arte de São Paulo a Amilcar Packer. Partindo das palavras que dão nome ao projeto – oficina, imaginação e política – e junto a um grupo de colaboradores composto por Rita Natálio, Valentina Desideri, Michelle Mattiuzzi, Diego Ribeiro, Jota Mombaça (Monstra Errátika) e Thiago de Paula, realizam-se sessões de trabalho, apresentações públicas e debates, tradução, prodição e publicação de textos. Durante a 32a Bienal a Oficina, se instalou no pavilhão, reúne pesquisa, produção e aprendizado em um mesmo local, enfatizando o uso desse espaço como um lugar de convívio e elaboração coletiva de ferramentas para intervenção na esfera pública."
12 November 2016, 19:00 - 22:00, Cavemusic
as part of COMO NUVEM workshop icw Thelma Bonavita,
Casa do Povo, Sao Paulo (BR)
Cavemusic - Somatic DJing for horizontal people/ Música de caverna - DJing somático para pessoas na horizontal.
Parte do workshop "Como NUVEM" convidamos a todos para participar de uma sessão de música somática que a artista visual e DJ alemã Daniela Bershan a.k.a Baba Electronica. Será uma experiência de audição coletiva no sentido de estimular a imaginação política.
A sessão será das 14:00 as 15:00 horas na Casa do Povo no atelier G>E, 1ª andar. Para participar existe apenas três regras:
_ não ter nenhuma interrupção
_deitar numa posição confortável
E depois será aberta uma conversa para os interessados
8 November 2016 Goethe Institute, Sao Paulo
Dreaming the COMO NUVEM/ComoCloud, 20:00
Thelma Bonavita invites Daniela Bershan
9 - 12 November Workshop COMO NUVEM icw Thelma Bonavita
Casa do Povo, 14:00 - 16:30
Thelma Bonavita in conversation with Daniela Bershan about Como Club, FATFORM, remix culture, the digital revolution and the power of listening. This talk forms the basis for thinking and working together on the ComoCloud, a project that will be launched by Thelma Bonavita and Como Club in 2017. We will continue this conversation also by sharing hands on practices in the workshop at Casa do Povo next week. Como Como Come on!
27 October 2016 - 4PLAY (Love = Law)
New BABA ELECTRONICA Mix on Soundcloud
Dedicated to the power of LOVE
Bell Hooks writes in All about Love - New Visions:
(...) love "as the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own and another's spiritual growth."
When we understand love as the will to nurture our own and another's spiritual growth, it becomes clear that we cannot claim to love if we are hurtful and abusive. Love and abuse cannot coexist. Abuse and neglect are, by definition, the opposites of nurturance and care.
#DJsarelisteners, #femmepower, #buildingbodies, #fearlesslove
08 October 2016, The Permeable Stage, Kaaistudios, Brussels (BE)
The Permeable Stage is a 10-hour long research event, dedicated to investigating the politics of sexuality and its proximal relations to privacy and the public sphere. It attempts to develop an understanding of how sexuality today is everywhere. How it exceeds human bodies – and can also be found in relations to objects, instruments, environments and media technologies.
Theorists, artists, musicians and a cook will occupy the entire building of the Kaaistudios. They examine in-distinctions between private and public space, as well as questions regarding participation, collectivity, equality, pornography, language, and immateriality. By presenting their respective practices, they develop an ongoing discursive and performative situation. You are invited to join the entire day. To listen, to watch, to discuss, and to eat.
- Claire Bishop
- Daniela Bershan (aka Baba Electronica)
- Mette Edvardsen
- Caroline Godart
- Anne Juren
- Gérald Kurdian
- Eszter Salamon
18 August 2016 - Indigo Dance Festival,
Performing Arts Forum, St. Erme Outre et Ramecourt (FR)
BABA ELECTRONICA x NEDALOT live face2face
<<< listen in for 2,5 hours on this epic night
13 July 2016 - Festival de Marseille, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille (FR)
KINSHASA ELECTRIC + DJ SET BABA ELECTRONICA
Come and see us once again in France! Marseille super power view with a special set of BABA ELECTRONICA on the beauiful roofterrace of the Friche la Belle de Mai.
'Kinshasa Electric boasts of a collection of references (from Stromae to Guantanamo Dance and N'Dombolo) that continues to expand in the minds of the audience.' Etcetera
24 June - 1 July 2016 - ELSEWHERE & OTHERWISE III
Performing Arts Forum, St. Erme Outre et Ramecourt, (FR)
THE INTERNET BEFORE THE INTERNET
co-organized with Valentina Desideri
Amazing beautiful curious magical queer humans > join the eternal game of up & downloading this summer at PAF >>> For the third edition of Elsewhere & Otherwise we decided to continue along the lines set on the last encounter and further the work on rituals, formalisation, the erotic, magic, and social practice. The collective study we begun with E&O has so far invoked a large and varied set of practitioners and thinkers busy with those matters, especially from queer and politically engaged perspectives. This year we decided to step away from the format of one or two invited guests that guide conversations and activities, and we would rather invite each and every one of the participants to share their thoughts, knowledge and practices. More Info >>> FB Event , PAF Website Please RSVP at email@example.com
11.-14. June at RECONTRES CHOREOGRAPHIQUES, La Parole Errante, PARIS, (FR)
Daniela Bershan & Ula Sickle
OK, look, have you ever considered that pop might be a machine connecting us to an abstract emotional landscape that surges behind the curtain of perception? This is stupid. It is also the only reasonable explanation. Pop as benevolent demiurge. But what, then, is pop hiding in its recesses? Why is it being so coy, when all we want is to love it?
We all know the tale. Some time in the storied middle of the last century, some bozo hooked a circuit board up to a guitar and a monster was born. Seemingly without warning, there were howling wolves and gyrating hips, heretofore unknown libidinal flows harnessed into a vast archi- tecture for the production of joy. The modern fetish for the current was given cultural flesh, a million cosmonauts went mainlining for the electric sun. After the electric, the electronic, and the digital looming behind it. Things start getting really weird...More >>>
20 May 2016 Salon Spångberg at Les Brigittines, Brussels (BE)
Welcome to Caveland! is a ten-day activity programme in a cave at Les Brigittines, conceived and curated in collaboration with Philippe Quesne.
In connection to the world première of Natten, Mårten Spångberg packs together an evening full of readings, discussions, and reflections on darkness. Different forms of voices, whispers and screams will transform the cave into a space where relaxation, knowledge and eternity coincide.
Hosted by Mårten Spångberg
With interventions by Tristan Garcia, Ben Woodard, Jan Ritsema, Daniela Bershan, Mette Edvardsen, Mårten Spångberg, Michelangelo Miccolis
18/19/20/21 May 2016 - Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KVS, Brussels (BE)
WORLDPREMIERE EXTENDED PLAY
Daniela Bershan & Ula Sickle
OK, look, have you ever considered that pop might be a machine connecting us to an abstract emotional landscape that surges behind the curtain of perception? This is stupid. It is also the only reasonable ex- planation. Pop as benevolent demiurge. But what, then, is pop hiding in its recesses? Why is it being so coy, when all we want is to love it?
We all know the tale. Some time in the storied middle of the last century, some bozo hooked a circuit board up to a guitar and a monster was born. Seemingly without warning, there were howling wolves and gyrating hips, heretofore unknown libidinal flows harnessed into a vast archi- tecture for the production of joy. The modern fetish for the current was given cultural flesh, a million cosmonauts went mainlining for the electric sun. After the electric, the electronic, and the digital looming behind it. Things start getting really weird. Like any good mode of pro- duction, pop automated itself, cruised past our understanding, and soon enough, hey, wait, is that guy on TV crooning a ballad through a robot voice whilst getting into a fistfight with a thou- sand lights? And might he be our greatest living artist?
And yet and yet... something about this story doesn’t sit right. Pop has never just been about production, has never ‘just’ been about anything. Pop is ecstatic, sad, funny and boring, it is mass-cultural and sub- cultural, its inauthenticity is only matched by its sincerity, it manages to be indifferent and totally needy at the same time. Something worries us about it and we wouldn’t know how to live without it. There is something urgent that we haven’t grasped yet.
At this juncture, Extended Play sets its stage and gets to work. The initial operation is simple. We take the abstract dynamics of the pop landscape and localise them onto five – mutable – bodies. The consequences are anything but. Utilising an abundance of materials, research, samples and layers, we stir our strange brew and hope to surprise ourselves. A hand is a drum is a synth is a fader. A voice keens like an electric seagull. Sites of weightlessness exchange. The mixing is happening live. MC Escher 2016!
Most of all, we’ll trust our gut. One thing is certain about pop: you know it when you see it. More >>>
04 May 2016 at P.A.R.T.S, Brussels (BE)
Omega X Dreamz with Baba Electronica
The Loopspace ΩX is a conceptual sample-space artist Daniela Bershan a.k.a Baba Electronica uses to dream and think future Pop. ΩX is an emotional/psycological/poetical/political space that - mainly through the variations and programming of drumpatterns creates different genres within the Pop-spectrum - these are manifold but not unlimited. At the same time with the increasing possibilities and quality of studio-production and software the audible amplitutes of tracks within the Loopspace are more and more maxed out. So ΩX is about to burst in (at least) two directions which leaves us with the question of where to go and grow with Pop?
We will look and listen at some concrete examples from the recent years to recognize the rise and fall of different genres and look at some trends/revolutions in Pop music production and - based on the starting proposition - can think together of how future Pop could sound/look like and function. More >>>.
29 APRIL 100% FEMALE, SUPERSONIC, PARIS (FR)
DJ SET BABA ELECTRONICA
PERRINE EN MORCEAUX is releasing her new album RIEN on Laetonia records.
And this can and shall be celebrated with 100% Female Power. Come!
+ LA FELINE SOLO
+ BABA ELECTRONICA
20 April 2016 Maerzmusik, The Long Now, Kraftwerk, Berlin (DE)
WORLDPREMIERE - CAVEMUSIC
Somatic DJing for horizonal people
Cavemusic Is a tool and live process of Baba Electronica seeking a somatic dialogue with the audience. It is a practice of collective intimacy and care. It is a possibility to receive joint imaginations through abstracted Popscapes and make unexpected collective movements and readings possible.
World premiere 27/03/2016 Maerzmusik - The Long Now, Kraftwerk, Berlin (DE)
20/05/2016 Welcome to Caveland, Salon Spangberg, Les Brigittines, Brussels (BE)
01/06, 27/06/, 05/09/2016 Performing Arts Forum, St.Erme Outre et Ramecourt (FR)
08/10/2016 Kaaistudios, The Permeable Stage, Brussels (BE)
12/11/2016 Casa di Povo, Sao Paulo (BR)
KINSHASA ELECTRIC SPRING TOUR 2016
16.04.2016 - Kinshasa Electric - Trafo, Budapest (HU)
15.04.2016 - Kinshasa Electric - Trafo, Budapest (HU)
10.03.2016 - Kinshasa Electric - Cultuurcentrum Westrand, Dilbeek (BE)
05.03.2016 - Kinshasa Electric - Stuk, Leuven (BE)
04.03.2016 - Kinshasa Electric - Stuk, Leuven (BE)
27.02.2016 - Kinshasa Electric - KVS Box, Brussels (BE)
26.02.2016 - Kinshasa Electric - KVS Box, Brussels (BE)
25.02.2016 - Kinshasa Electric - KVS Box, Brussels (BE)
24.02.2016 - Kinshasa Electric - KVS Box, Brussels (BE)
20.02.2016 - Kinshasa Electric - Magdalenazaal Brugge (BE)