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Wir sind hier nicht zum Spaß – collective and subcultural structures in Berlin during the Nineties

In Berlin, many artists turned towards new forms of cooperation during the 1990s. Their largely self-organized structures were aiming at initiating cultural productions with minimal financial expenditure and to keep full control over the resulting processes. All sorts of clubs were opened, galleries and record labels founded, or magazines published in-house.

Curator of the exhibition at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien Art Space, Berlin (2013)

Holodeck at Sensor, 1995 (pic: T. Oetken/visomat inc.)
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Freund/Feind-Akustik – Music and sound in military contexts

54 minute radio documentary (DLF Kultur/WDR3, 2007)

Marching, motivating, or incapacitating an enemy – acoustic means have always been part of military practice and strategy. The rhythms of marches keep in step, mutual singing forms camaraderie, and enemies may get overwhelmed bloodlessly with noise and acoustic weapons. With snapshots from everyday life in the German Bundeswehr, psychological warfare in Vietnam, torture in Guantanamo, and the latest non-lethal weapons, this documentary reports on how sound and acoustics meet the requirements of war, and which means have been developed according to the logic of the army.

sonic weapon (pic: Amok Journal)
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The people ought to feel good – Strategies of functional music

55 minute radio documentary (WDR3, 2004), listening station during the congress on Stupid Music (HKW Berlin, 2014)

You hear it without really noticing. Functional music is around in department stores, supermarkets, hotels, subways, or airports. It addresses us as customers, consumers, or while waiting. Those who play it, do so with specific intentions. Since the Muzak corporation began to offer the delivery of music as a commercial service in the early 1930s, music and its purposes have changed – every so often music has become a backdrop for completely unmusical activities. This documentary examines how and why functional music tries to influence its audience.

outside the main station in Hamburg (pic: Hartwig Vens)

One More Pioneer

Dramaturge and libretto for the musical theatre piece by Gamut Inc., based on a short story by David Foster Wallace (2015)

One More Pioneer with performer Jörn Burmester (pic: Patrick Frost)

Organ Archipelago

Recordist for a radio art project by composer Arturas Bumšteinas (2015)

Gailė Griciūtė, Organ Safari in Lithuania (pic: Arturas Bumšteinas)

Radio KQSM (Kerker, Quote, Stubenmusi)

Radio productions on myths of popular culture (Michael Jackson, Eurotrash, James Dean, …) with Heinrich DJ Officer, Officer Dubel. Broadcasts since 2004 on reboot.fm in Berlin, the European radio network radia and resonancefm, London

video still ATC-song Around The World

meinebank

Meinebank is an interdisciplinary event forum that’s organized collectively. The motivation of the project is the consideration of the term social economy in various possible assignments.

with Christian von Borries, Daniel Löwenbrück, Errorsmith, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Rashad Becker, and Ute Waldhausen, former GDR state bank, today’s Hotel de Rome, Berlin 2000-2003

pic: meinebank

rebound

The project rebound looks at movies from a DJ’s perspective. Mainly electronic music from vinyl and CDs offers a new perspective on a film – and on the music used as well.

Together with music critic José Manuel Costa and DJ Newcleus, scores were developed for Berlin, Symphony of a Big City (Walter Ruttmann, 1927), Alice (Jan Svankmajer, 1982), The Golem (Paul Wegener, 1920) and Microcosmos (Claude Nuridsany / Marie Perennou, 1996).

Performances between 1996 and 2002, at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles, during the Biennial in Torino, at Sinestesia Festival in Madrid, in Ljubljanas Kinoteka and the Grassi Museum in Leipzig

video still from von Jan Svankmajer’s Alice

De:Bug

Co-founder of the magazine for electronic aspects of life in 1997.

Radiobar

Mobile bar concept according to the slogan DJs, drinks and decoration. Happenings in apartments, clubs and bars, and (twice) on the television tower.

with Jim Avignon, Mr. Nice and Manolo Arevalo, between 1992 and 1995

Radiobar flyer (Jim Avignon)

Radio 100

Selecting music for the programs Welt am Draht and Kunstrausch. The legendary radio station was a reliable source for different views on things, and other things in the late West Berlin.