PHUONG-DAN

18.11.16  IMMERSION – SCHULE DER DISTANZ NO.1 / MARTIN-GROPIUS-BAU / BERLIN


IMMERSION

 

ONE CENTRAL ASPECT OF EXPERIENCING IMMERSION IS A SHIFT FROM BEING A DISTANCED OBSERVER TO BECOMING A CO-PRODUCER IN THE SITUATION. HABITUAL SAFETY GAPS DISAPPEAR; MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, ART CAN BE TOUCHED, SHAPED AND INFLUENCED. AND ALL THIS IN SETTINGS CREATED BY ARTISTS – SETTINGS WHICH THE AUDIENCE CAN ENTER AND MAKE THEIR OWN.

BUT IMMERSION IS NOT CONFINED TO EXPERIENCING ART; IT ALSO DESCRIBES A WAY OF PERCEIVING THE WORLD IN AN ERA WHERE OUR ENVIRONMENT IS INCREASINGLY DIGITALISED. DIGITAL DATA, IMAGES AND SOUNDS SURROUND OUR LIVES, STRUCTURING OUR EVERYDAY RULES TO AN EVER GREATER EXTENT. IN THE AGE OF BIG DATA, HOWEVER, WE ARE NO LONGER USERS; INSTEAD, WE ARE USED BY THE DATA ITSELF. ALGORITHMS ORGANISE OUR LIVES AND KNOW WHAT WE WANT EVEN BEFORE WE HAVE GIVEN IT ANY THOUGHT.

FOR SCHULE DER DISTANZ NO.1, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT MARTIN-GROPIUS-BAU FROM 18 TO 20 NOVEMBER 2016, ARTISTS AND ACADEMICS WILL DEVELOP NEW INPUT ON ISSUES OF PROXIMITY AND DISTANCE IN IMMERSIVE TIMES. THEY RENDER VISIBLE WHAT USUALLY REMAINS CONCEALED. THEY MODIFY SEEMINGLY INALTERABLE RULES. AND THEY CREATE SPACES FOR DIVERGENT THOUGHT. SCHULE DER DISTANZ THUS BECOMES A VENUE FOR SHARED TIME, WHERE PERFORMANCES, LECTURES, FILMS AND INSTALLATIONS ALLOW FOR PROCESSES OF REALISATION.

 

I CAN`T TURN AROUND

THERE IS NO PLACE FOR ELIMINATING DISTANCES QUITE LIKE DANCE FLOORS IN CLUBS. FOR DECADES, AND NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, DJS HAVE BEEN PLAYING MUSIC, CREATING IMMERSIVE SPACES AND TEMPORARY COMMUNITIES. FOR “SCHULE DER DISTANZ”, THREE DJS WILL TAKE ON THE ROLE OF ARCHEOLOGISTS: EXAMINING VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL CLUB SCENES, THEY WILL RECONSTRUCT AND INTERPRET PLAYLISTS OF HISTORICALLY RELEVANT DJ LUMINARIES LIKE RON HARDY, DJ ALFREDO AND MIXMASTER MORRIS IN A SETTING FOR LISTENING.

18.11.16  FINN JOHANNSEN: DJ RON HARDY 1985 (MUZIK BOX, CHICAGO)

19.11.16  ALEXIS LE-TAN: DJ ALFREDO 1988 (AMNESIA, IBIZA)

20.11.16  GWEN JAMOIS: MIXMASTER MORRIS 1993 (TELEPATHIC FISH, LONDON)

 

CO-CURATED BY NGUYỄN PHƯƠNG-ĐAN

 

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