EAVESDROP uniquely brings together a group of adventurous composer/performer/artists that share a common practice in electronic sound composition whilst spanning a diversity of inter-related contemporary tendencies. Whether its composing music with plants and animals (Plants and Animalia), exploring the cognitive feedback between humans and technology (Caterina Barbieri), deforming techno culture through the distortion of time and space (EVOL), or the sonification of celebrities’ Twitter feeds (Jasmine Guffond).
Sound installations throughout the festival by Jasmine Guffond, Helen Heß and Silje Nes.
‘Dear Voyeur, meet Flâneur… Sincerely, Social Media’ by Jasmine Guffond, sonifies the meta-data from the twitter accounts of well-known public entities: Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, YouTube, CNN, the BBC. By translating twitter meta-data into sound in real time, the work questions what it means, via the logic of data extraction, to be reduced to streams of data. By abstracting human bodies into data flows, online surveillance networks createprofiles of the subjects of such surveillance - our data doubles. Considering the extent to which we watch each other via social media, personal identity becomes a commodity and our humanness itself is increasingly defined by our data-selves. Within a culture of permanent online connectivity, who are we to these ubiquitous algorithms?
Silje Nes creates a generative sound environment that investigates how something non-living can grow organic traits. Taking interest in an increasingly blurred line, both socially and technically, between life and non-life her installation will play with the phenomena that complex patterns of life like character can materialise from a large amount of fundamentally simple operations.
EAVESDROP full line up:
Caterina Barbieri (IT), Jessica Ekomane (FR), EVOL (ES), Jasmine Guffond (AU/DE), JD Zazie (IT), Hacklander / Hatam (USA), PareiDolia, (USA, IT), Plants and Animalia (AT/AU) Biblo (TR), Silje Nes (NO), Helen Heß (DE), DJ’s Jacob Eriksen (DK) & Lukas Grundmann (DE).
EAVESDROP Festival is located at the Musikbrauerei, one of the last authentic locations in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin. The 120 year old Schneider Brewery is tucked away between Greifswalder Strasse and Volkspark Friedrichshain and is a rare building to remain unspoiled by gentrification.
Curated by Jasmine Guffond
Funded by Musikfonds | Media Partners: Digital in Berlin, Exberliner, Groove
Supported by Uton