The Magic Block

Installation & publication with
Soledad García Saavedra / Brandon LaBelle
Friday, November 25 / 18:00 – 21:00

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The withdrawn, the disappeared, the secret and the invisible: these are carriers of ghostly histories and collective memories – territories that require another type of orientation and navigation. Developed from an interest in aesthetic operations and strategies that negotiate the presence of what has gone missing, the installation “The Magic Block” is a proposal for a haunted poetics: a black art by which to follow in the steps of phantom figures and narratives – the citizens that form a shadow nation.
 
In conjunction with the installation, we are pleased to present the publication Magic Block: Contemporary Art from Chile. Stemming from two exhibitions and seminars held in Bergen, Norway, and Santiago de Chile, curated and organized by Soledad García Saavedra and Brandon LaBelle, the publication underscores the processes of appearance and disappearance, memory and forgetting, writing and erasure as social and psychological intensities. It focuses on the creative and critical strategies at play in works of recent Chilean art that emerge from a reflection on the politics of invisibility: how the operations of the seen and the unseen are understood to perform equally within the material realities of Chilean society. Through the works of Chilean artists and writers, Magic Block highlights art as a powerful platform for working through the political structures that hold the body in a phantasmic grip, and which can be traced and appropriated through unsteady acts of magic. Expressions of secrecy, camouflage, forgetfulness, dematerialization and covert occupation thus enable a giving narrative to those memories that are often subordinated by history.
 
Magic Block
Edited by Soledad García Saavedra / Brandon LaBelle
220 pages; spanish / english
ISBN: 978-0-9889375-3-6 
 
Including works by the participating artists:
Catalina Bauer
Juan Downey
Claudia Missana
Eugenio Téllez
Sandra Vasquez de la Horra
Michelle-Marie Letelier
Rainer Krause
Gonzalo Díaz/Justo Pastor Mellado
Voluspa Jarpa
Enrique Ramírez
 
With written contributions by:
Soledad García Saavedra
Cristián Gómez Moya
Fernando Pérez Villalón
Camila Marambio
Justo Pastor Mellado
Carla Macchiavello
Sebastián Vidal Valenzuela
Sergio Rojas
Florian Wüst
Michele Galletti
Valentina Montero
Mara Polgovsky
Ezcurra Paz Guevara
Luna Montenegro & Adrian Fischer
 
Errant Sound
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin

A Nomad’s Guide to Listening

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Performance and Reading by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

October 28, 8 pm at Errant Sound, Berlin

Artist and writer Budhaditya Chattopadhyay will perform and read from his upcoming release A Nomad’s Guide to Listening (Touch, London). The work intends to contextualize contemplative thoughts triggered by a nomadic listener’s interaction with various intermingling auditory situations leaving their traces in field recordings.

The project considers the sounds of everyday as offering an entryway into a poetic-contemplative mood in which an itinerant traveller may indulge involving pre-cognition. Instead of negotiating the corporeal “objects” in everyday sounds, the traveller may prefer to remain detached as an elevated self and engage with the meditations and musings triggered by a nomadic mode of listening. Arguably, these poetic-contemplations and streams of thought emanate from the phenomenal world, but transcend toward the domain of mindfulness as an inward resonance of listening.

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an Indian-born media artist, researcher, and writer, currently living and working in Europe. Chattopadhyay’s work questions the materiality, site-specificity and object-hood of sound, and addresses the aspects of contingency, contemplation, mindfulness and transcendence inherent in listening. Chattopadhyay has received several fellowships, residencies and international awards.

A Nomad’s Guide to Listening is scheduled for a release in early 2017 on the renowned label Touch, London, as an artist’s book and interactive audio archive.

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Sound Matters or: What to do with the money?

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Berlin Art Week 2016

Errant Sound : : Project Space Award Berlin

Exhibition

Tue 13.9. – So 18.9. 17:00 – 20:00, and Friday 16.9.: 13:00 – 16:00

This year ‘Errant Sound – Project Space Berlin’ (formerly ‘Errant Bodies’) is awarded with the Project Space Award by the Senat of Berlin. Errant Sound group show works centering around sound matters and sound materialism, hereby also reflecting upon the way in which economic issues may arrest or fire the free imagination of the project space ethos.

Works by: Mario Asef, Alessandra Eramo, Peter Cusack, Georg Klein, Brandon LaBelle, Thom Kubli (with Jo-ey Tang), Ines Lechleitner, Laura Mello, Jutta Ravenna, Kirsten Reese, Antje Vowinckel, Jeremy Woodruff

Performance Program: Thu 15.9. 20:00 with: Alessandra Eramo + Ines Lechleitner, Kirsten Reese, Antje Vowinckel, Jeremy Woodruff, Peter Cusack

www.berlinartweek.de/de/programm

Place: Errant Sound (Errant Bodies), Kollwitzstr. 97, 10435 Berlin

Contact: errantsound@gmail.com / errantsound.wordpress.com

Award Ceremony

Friday 16.9. 2016 : Bar Babette, Karl-Marx-Allee 36, 10178 Berlin

17:30 : Talk with Chr. Kobald, Prof. Heinz Bude, Wibke Behrens, Lou Favorite, Anne Katrin Stork

19:30 : Award ceremony for project spaces and -initiatives moderate by Tim Renner (Kulturstaatssekretär)

21:00 : Project Space Party and performances    

more: www.berlinartweek.de / www.projektraeume-berlin.net

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Berlin Projektraum Prize

September 16th, 2016 – projektraum prize event at Bar Babette

Project Space Art Award
Project Space Party
Exhibitions of the award winners

The Berlin Network of Independent Project Spaces and Initiatives is a loose association existing since August 2009. The network aims to establish a long-term structure to enable new forms of cooperation and exchange, to express themselves politically and to advocate for the improvement of working conditions. More than 150 project spaces and initiatives are invited to regular meetings.

The network organizes the fifth award ceremony to award artistic project spaces and initiatives in the field of visual arts of the Berlin cultural administration within the Berlin Art Week. The Project Space Art Award with panels, awards ceremony and party will take place on September 16, 2016 at Bar Babette, Karl Marx Allee 36.

More information here