12.9.2015 KOOKOO @ OHM Gallery
there ain’t no cowboy in my hair…
K O O K O O
feat. OLDSPEAK (Average Negative)
Saturday, September 12
OHM Gallery, Köpenicker Straße 70
I sense a leak inside my phone now from all the lies I have told
I sense a spy up in the chimney from all the evidence I’ve burned
I sense a runner in the garden although my judgements known to fail
I know the leak is going to tell you there ain’t no puppy in your leash
I know the spy is going to tell you it’s not my flag up in the pole
I know the runner’s going to tell you there ain’t no cowboy in my hair…
OLDSPEAK is a musician and DJ from rural Michigan with a love for uncommon soundscapes and wonky grooves. In Berlin, he co-founded Average Negative, a cross-platform label releasing
music and curating visual art. Oldspeak is strongly opposed to the concept of Newspeak, a tool created to limit freedom of thought and concepts such as freedom, self-expression, individuality,
SARAH LÜDEMANN is a fine artist based in Berlin. Her work is concerned with life cycles, birth, death and rebirth, focused on repetition, patterns, destruction, construction and resurrection,
centered around polar opposites and their motion forces, like gender, gaze, perception and communication. Repeat. Look. Repeat. Watch closely. Repeat again.
YUKIHIRO TAGUCHI is a medium. He creates installations and interventions based on the inspiration he gets from each specific site, mostly working with stop-motion video. This approach
results in visual feedback loops enhancing the experience of everyone present in the given space at the given time.
CARLY FISCHER is a sculptural installation artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her practice explores the precariousness of place and cultural identity in an increasingly globalised
contemporary reality. She fabricates paper sculptures and cardboard environments that inhabit an ambiguously hybrid and fascinating space.
MIEKO SUZUKI & ARA are the hosts of the bi-monthly KOOKOO nights, events establishing a dialogue between electronic music and visual art, between the amazing space at OHM Gallery in
Berlin-Mitte and a very dedicated audience.
10. Juli 2015: 6 years of KOOKOO @ OHM Berlin mit AQNIKA, MIEKO SUZUKI & ARA
Wir feiern Geburtstag: KOOKOO wird 6! Stargästin am 10. Juli in der OHM Gallery ist aus diesem Anlass ANIKA, bekannt durch ihre Veröffentlichungen auf den Labels Invada und Stones Throw.
ANIKA (Greta / Invada / Stones Throw)
MIEKO SUZUKI (Kookoo)
NAOMI TAKAKI (drawings)
HUMATIC (audio-visual installation)
YUKIHIRO TAGUCHI (stop motion projections)
CARLY FISCHER (light box & flyer artwork)
Friday, July 10, 10pm
OHM Gallery – Köpenicker Straße 70, 10179 Berlin
It is hard to gain, easy to lose. Are you under it or beyond it? Do you want to get out of it? Defy it? Exercise it? You could regain it, retain it, or relax it. We’re talking about: regulating, operating, navigating, moderating, checking, surveiling. We’re talking about control.
And we’re talking about ANIKA. The way the German-British musician and DJ deals with control is fascinating. Her music makes tightly controlled use of creative tailspins, her songs and her live appearances reflect the joys of moving in a fixed framework – and then just losing it. When in the studio, ANIKA records live – three takes on tape, that’s it. On stage, her performance is minimalist and mesmerizing, thus enhancing the mystery that surrounds her.
Since ANIKA released her debut album in 2010, backed by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and his band Beak>, her name stands for some of the most exciting music between dub and dance, between no wave influences and Nico timbre you could think of. For the KOOKOO night on July 10 at OHM Gallery, ANIKA will prepare a special DJ set of (un)controlled aloofness, strict laxity, and alluring wimpishness.
We’re talking about control here. And about the art of letting go… up to a point where you can’t be sure if there ever was something like focus, countenance, self-control – you just don’t know anymore because you’re so immersed into experiencing the here and now. Quite like the »Lady Scarface« Lydia Lunch tells us about on her famous Queen Of Siam record from 1980: if i had control i didn’t feel any yet…
1.5.2015 KOOKOO MAY DAY @ OHM feat. STEFAN GOLDMANN
Imagine someone finding himself in front of a blank record. So there’s a vinyl disc without any musical information on it, no tones, no beats, no sound waves at all? Fine, let’s just cut everything from scratch then, right here right now! That’s exactly what STEFAN GOLDMANN would do. That’s what he actually did with Ghost Hemiola, an album consisting of two vinyl records of empty loops, ready to be manipulated with
knives or razor blades, ready to let the music grow under your own hands. Now think about the same principle, just the other way around. So there’s an entire sound palette at one’s disposal, perfect down to the last detail? Fine, let’s start working with that then! Most producers would try to avoid that. But STEFAN GOLDMANN did just that for his Industry project, an in-depth examination of musical presets that resulted in a record and a book. 0% sound design, 100% presets.
These two works alone would make of STEFAN GOLDMANN one of the most daring and innovative protagonists of Germany’s electronic music scene. But there’s more of course: his inception of the Elektroakustischer Salon events at Berghain that bridge the gap between classical and electronic music, his record label Macro and Victoriaville, his scores for ballet or his remix of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre Du Printemps, not to mention his club hits like »The Maze« and »Lunatic Fridge«. Imagine what such a headstrong artist would imagine a DJ set to be like – the perfect mix of a preset of certain settings (two turntables, a mixing desk, an audience…) and a sonic blank canvas ready to be used in any imaginable way.
»A dance floor is a place where you can watch brains grow.« States STEFAN GOLDMANN in the column he writes regularly for Berlin’s club institution Berghain. Could we have put it any better? Of course not. That’s exactly what we want to do on this KOOKOO May Day 2015. Watch brains grow…
SARAH LÜDEMANN is a fine artist based in Berlin. Her work is based on life cycles, birth, death and rebirth, on repetition, patterns, destruction, construction and resurrection, on polar opposites and their motion forces, like gender, gaze, perception and communication. Repeat. Look. Repeat.
look again. Watch closely. Repeat again.
YUKIHIRO TAGUCHI is a medium. He creates installations and interventions based on the inspiration he gets from each specific site, mostly working with stop-motion video works. This results in visual feedback loops enhancing the experience of everyone present in the given space at the given time.
CARLY FISCHER is a sculptural installation artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her practice explores the precariousness of place and cultural identity in an increasingly globalised contemporary reality. She fabricates paper replica environments that inhabit an ambiguously hybrid and fascinating space.
6.06.2014 KOOKOO 5 YEARS ANNIVERSARY @ OHM
MIEKO SUZUKI (kookoo)
special anniversary b2b set all night long
SARAH LÜDEMANN (video installation)
YUKIHIRO TAGUCHI (video installation)
CARLY FISCHER (flyer artwork, light box)
INK AGOP (video installation)
Did you know that it takes about 43,824 hours to create an overnight sensation? And that oysters change their sex during their lives and, before that, it takes them roughly 1,826 days to get rid of puberty? Are you aware of the fact that an estimated 117,213 new records have been released in the last 60 months, in Germany alone? You might want to ask yourself how many times your life has completely changed during that same period, wheter you finally survived adolescence, how many songs you’ve danced to and how many crazy nights out you may have experienced. Just in case none of those nights should have been really KOOKOO, we think it’s about time you discovered an overnight sensation, 43,824 hours in the making and now finally happening on June 6th at Ohm Gallery. You’ve already guessed it of course.
43,824 hours equals 1,826 days equals five years. That’s exactly how long Mieko Suzuki’s & Ara’s brain child KOOKOO has been around. And, let’s finally sum it up, it’s time to celebrate! Get your magic birthday candles ready for the fifth anniversary of KOOKOO! Kicking off in the summer of 2009 at Farbfernseher in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Kookoo created a unique and intimate underground party vibe, gathering a strong and dedicated following. The special atmosphere at Kookoo events is created through a constant dialogue of the artists responding to each other, a dialogue with the space at the venue – now the Ohm Gallery inside an immense defunct power plant building in Köpenicker Straße, Berlin-Mitte – and, most of all, a dialogue with the audience. From early on, the hosts Mieko Suzuki & Ara focused on collaborations with visual artists. The fifth anniversary sees a very special appearance of SARAH LÜDEMANN. Her art is based on life cycles, birth, death and rebirth, on repetition, patterns, destruction, construction and resurrection, on polar opposites and their motion forces, like gender, gaze, perception and communication. All of which predestines her to trigger one of those unforgettable KOOKOO dialogues.
Japanese artists YUKIHIRO TAGUCHI and INK AGOP are both regular contributors to the overall KOOKOO experience. A night at Ohm can hardly be imagined without their video projections and ever changing stop and go animations that, to a great extent, are created live on the spot for everyone to see and immediately become part of it. Australian artist CARLY FISCHER, over the years, has created, arranged and photographed an entire body of work of her paper sculptures specifically for KOOKOO’s flyer and poster artworks. Carly’s great five year anniversary piece will be presented in a special light box in the entrance area at Ohm. Last but not least, MIEKO SUZUKI & ARA will play a back to back DJ set all the night through, spinning all their favourites and beloved classics of those past 43,824 hours that have been kookoo indeed. Five years. A very special age. As we’re sure our lovely patroness Sheila E would put it: 2 young 2 know better, 2 old 2 refuse…