Errant Bodies project space is dedicated to experimental work in sound, performance, voice and spatial practices. Through residencies, workshops, events and exhibitions, Errant Bodies emphasizes an engagement with process and dialogue, encouraging a dynamic and diverse approach to the sound arts. As a project space, it also intends to foster social and public activities, contributing to the creative scene in Berlin. It is organized and developed through its working group comprised of Berlin-based sound artists and researchers.

30.11.15

four and one / Stefan Thut

four and one
Intervention in the installation Rhythms Of Presence by invited guest Stefan Thut
From 5.12. – 7.12. 2015, between 15:00 – 18:00 daily

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin

four and one (2015)
Stefan Thut’s intervening activities within Tao Vrhovec Sambolec’s installation at Errant Bodies Project Space involve recording, playback and walking inside the gallery space, mirroring inherent themes of the installation itself. Each one of four sectors of the space is recorded through the resonance of an acoustic instrument evoked by the Rhythms Of Presence. The recordings obtained are played back at four positions via plates of cardboard. The performing activity is to turn the devices on and off resp. to set them into a state of "0" resp. "1". Going from one position to the other equals the change from one state to another within a 4-digit gray-code arranged on a so-called "Karnaugh-map", a complete cycle encompassing 16 states. The cadence regarding the change within the pattern is reciprocally dependent on the uncontrollable Rhythms Of Presence: in reality Thut’s activity is controlled by the unknown passersby. The secondary sound-installation is driven by and derived from the primary setting at Errant Bodies Project Space echoing previous moments in time and producing a bodily inhabitation/intervention.

As a composer Stefan Thut is interested in processes and scores being relatively determined but still unpredictable in their sonic results. Instead of instrumenting in traditional ways phonographies as well as everyday material serve as components in his work. Notably cardboard and paper play a role in his latest series of scores begun with "two strings and boxes". Whereas in the latter the box is used as table and vehicle, in subsequent works its functionality as space and resonator for recorded sound gained the composer’s attention.


25.11.15

Local Sound Art Scenes / in collaboration with DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and Deutschlandradio Kultur

Local Sound Art Scenes
Cairo – Cork – Beirut – Ljubljana/Bergen
Presentation, Panel, Live-Performance

Monday, 30.11.2015, 19:00

Errant Bodies 
Kollwitzstraße 97
10435 Berlin

Magdi Mostafa, Cairo: Presentation of works
Panel with Mazen Kerbaj, Beirut, Karen Power, Cork, Magdi Mostafa, Cairo and Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, Ljubljana/Bergen
Moderation: Marcus Gammel
Live-Performance by Karen Power (electronics) und Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet)

The evening is dedicated to the question of how one can describe local scenes of sound art concerning its formation of members, their artistic background, artistic interactions/collaborations, sound aesthetics. How big are the local scenes and how and where do they show their work? How is the resonance of the audience?

But also we want to exchange thoughts on how sound art is reflecting the local and incorporating it in a sound memory through the use of site specific recordings or semantic references in works. Three sound artists from different countries (Karen Power/Cork, Magdi Mostafa/Cairo, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec/Ljubljana/Bergen) and the experimental musician Mazen Kerbaj from Beirut will talk about the scenes of their home cities.

This evening is part of a continuous discussion on global sound art by the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and Deutschlandradio Kultur
In cooperation with Errant Bodies

















14.11.15

Rhythms Of Presence / Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec


Rhythms Of Presence (2015)
Installation by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec
Artist in residence at Errant Bodies Project Space, Berlin

Opening: Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 19:00 – 21:00
Exhibition from 20.11.2015 – 19.12.2015
Opening times: Thursday to Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00 and by appointment (contact: eb(at)errantbodies.org)
Intervention by Stefan Thut: 5.12 – 7.12. 2015, times TBA

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin
www.errantbodies.org

The installation Rhythms of Presence is comprised of two large floor surfaces. One is discretely installed at an undisclosed location and the other in the exhibition space. They are identical in size and shape. The floor surface at the undisclosed location is sensing human steps, transmitting their temporal and spatial information to the exhibition space, where a grid of mechanical knockers is invisibly tapping the rhythms of the remotely detected steps and following their paths from below the floor surface. Focusing solely on rhythms and paths of everyday walking, the installation Rhythms Of Presence aims to capture the invisible aspects of walking and investigate how they contribute to constituting presence, subjectivity, temporality and spatiality.

Displacing and superimposing the walking rhythms and paths of one place to those of another, the installation creates a hybrid and asymmetrical space where two simultaneous present times and presences interfere. A floor that becomes unknowingly performative and a floor that echoes steps from an unknown origin together form an open unsitely space that is both here, somewhere else and at the same instance nowhere and in-between. Stepping in this space one inhabits a concrete, yet un-mappable and disoriented territory.

During the exhibition at Errant Bodies Project Space artists, dancers, thinkers, writers and musicians will be invited to inhabit, question, activate, investigate, interpret and together imagine this space in becoming.

The installation Rhythms Of Presence is part of the three-year artistic research project (2013-2016) carried out under the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway.

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (SI/NL/NO) is an artist and musician working with invisible ephemeral phenomena and the notion of space. His artistic practice is a poetic exploration of relationships between transitory and temporal phenomena like sound, weather and human activities and built environment and social spaces they inhabit. In his installations, he makes architecture sensitive to its immediate ephemeral surroundings and creating situations where the outside and inside, the unpredictable and constructed, the permanent and temporal converse. His works encompass interdisciplinary and mixed media installations, sound interventions and electro acoustic music. Tao is currently research fellow at the Bergen Academy of Arts and Design (KHiB), within the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. He has shown and performed in various museums, project spaces, galleries and festivals internationally.

Software and hardware development: Mr. Stock Interfaces
Carpenters: Seamus Cater, Bill Earwaker

Co-produced by:
Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and Bergen Academy of Art and Design
Zavod SPLOH, Ljubljana - Slovenia
Zavod Projekt Atol, Ljubljana – Slovenia
Španski Borci

Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia

Sponsored by:
Future-Shape GmbH
Tremba GmbH
Showbots Engineering GmbH – BERLIN

Thanks to James Beckett





1.11.15

What is the sound of protest?


What is the sound of protest?
A performative evening and temporary exhibition
Curated by Joseph Young

6-8th November 2015

Vernissage 6-9pm on Friday 6th November
performances and talks start at 7.30 sharp

Continues 11-5pm, 7th & 8th November

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
Berlin 10435
www.errantbodies.org

Does the sound of a coffee machine in a an artisan coffee shop signal a resistance towards the globalisation of the high street and is the sound of birdsong a protest against urban development?

Brighton (UK) and Berlin based artist Joseph Young continues his investigation into artistic utopias, revolutionary moments and social struggle to uncover some of the unlikely forms that the sound of protest might take.

Via invitation and an open call Joseph has selected a number of artists to collaborate with him in this short investigation; starting with a field recording and workshop weekend and ending in a temporary exhibition and performance event.

Featuring contributions by:
Raghed Barakat/ Helgard Müller/ Nicodemus/ Thomas Stern, Vincent Chomaz, Israel Martinez, Sybella Perry, Harry Ross, Stan Back & The Noise Glam, Lorenzo Tripodi, Symeon Yovev, Fred Dewey, Janine Eisenächer, Troy Mighty, Lars Müller, Michelle-Marie Letelier & Maria Verónica Troncoso, Erik Smith, Linda Weiss.

More details at www.artofnoises.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1494094090919780/






12.10.15

Errant Bodies Celebrates!


Errant Bodies Celebrates!

Please join us in celebration of our 5-year anniversary as a project space, 20 years as a publisher, and for the launch of Free Berlin No. 2

Saturday, October 10th, 2015 – 19:00

With works by:
Riccardo Benassi, Alessandra Eramo, fliegende Teilchen, Erik Göngrich, Heimo Lattner & Annette Maechtel with Stephanie Kloss and Judith Laub

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin
www.errantbodies.org

Errant Bodies is an independent press and project space. It has been developing publishing projects since 1995, initially in Los Angeles and since 2007 in Berlin. Since this time, it has been dedicated to supporting diverse discourses and projects in the fields of sonic and spatial practices, auditory culture and performativity, experimental writing and critical thought. Its publishing activities are developed through a number of series: Critical Ear – on sound and media art, Doormats – on experimental modes of being-political, Surface Tension – on sited work and the built environment, among others.

Errant Bodies further aims to engage the relation between cultural work and its local context through site-based research, collaborative projects, and through its project space. Opened in 2010, the project space fosters local community and international exchange on contemporary artistic topics, with an emphasis on sonic work and engaged listening. Through workshops, presentations and exhibitions, the project space is geared toward experimental research culture and the cross-over between art and social life.

The project space is managed by the Errant Bodies working group, a collective of Berlin-based artists and academics.
http://www.errantbodies.org/soundartspace.html

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Free Berlin No. 2
With contributions from: Mario Asef, Riccardo Benassi, Alessandra Eramo, Erik Göngrich, Heimo Lattner & Annette Maechtel, Matteo Pasquinelli, Allegra Solitude

Free Berlin – free newspaper on the politics of creativity
Published by Errant Bodies Press, Berlin

The publication aims to contend with current debates on the topic of "the creative city" and specifically how "the artist" contributes to the cultural value of Berlin. With the steady intensification of "the Berlin phenomenon" this cultural value both fuels an extremely dynamic social milieu while lending to a political and urban apparatus geared toward economic development. The instrumentalization of creativity as a currency in the city of Berlin (and elsewhere) thus raises complex and important questions as to the role of artistic expression.

The publication considers these current debates around city politics and how creative practice may negotiate (or not) the social and economic consequences. How to deal with such a situation? Is there a way to produce without being complicit in the capitalization of creative expression? What type of critical position is possible? Are there possibilities for strategies of resistance, re-appropriation or withdrawal? What responsibilities (or not) do artists have for the city? And importantly, what are the historical agents that have made Berlin possible as a place of creative action and assembly?

By questioning the ways in which the artist performs as part of the creative city, the newspaper is envisioned as a creative base for diverse perspectives, and in support of free culture. It assembles together articles, expressions and materials from practitioners and thinkers working in Berlin, to bring forward reflections, historical references, and creative interventions.

Available at various locations, including Pro-QM, KunstWerke, Do you read me, and Errant Bodies Project Space.

No. 1, July 2015
With contributions from: Jeremiah Day, Jennifer Davy, Fred Dewey, Erik Göngrich, Brandon LaBelle, Janet Merkel, Marguerite van Sandick, Steffi Weismann

No. 2, October 2015
With contributions from: Mario Asef, Riccardo Benassi, Alessandra Eramo, Erik Göngrich, Heimo Lattner & Annette Maechtel, Matteo Pasquinelli, Allegra Solitude

No. 3 due out January 2016.

16.9.15

Sanne Krogh Groth / Politics and Aesthetics in Electronic Music


Book launch and presentation with:
Sanne Krogh Groth

author of Politics and Aesthetics in Electronic Music. A Study of EMS - Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm, 1964-79 (Kehrer 2014)

with guests Isabel Thomson & Vinyl, terror & horror

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 19:00h

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin
www.errantbodies.org

Politics and Aesthetics in Electronic Music. A Study of EMS - Elektronmusikstudion Stockholm, 1964-79

This book explores the history of the Swedish electronic music studio EMS. EMS was established in 1964 with the intent to create an international centre for research in sound and sound perception, and to build one of the world’s most advanced hybrid studios. The principal creators of the studio were rooted in Swedish modernism, and had the EMS-project shaped in accordance to the social democratic cultural policy of the time. This enabled the project to achieve continuous financial support, as well as to stay at the forefront of technological advances.

EMS is one of the most significant electronic music studios, and for over 50 years it has operated as a place for innovation in the sonic arts, in particular acting as a platform for the development of text sound compositions in the 1960s and 70s. Today, it maintains an active program, and under the leadership of Mats Lindström supports ongoing productions in the field of auditory studies and electronics. The publication by Sanne Krogh Groth captures the history of this amazing place, and tells the important story of its pioneers.

The publication is supported by Statens Musikverk and ZKM, Karlsruhe.
http://www.artbooksheidelberg.de/html/detail/en/sanne-krogh-groth-978-3-86828-582-6.html

Sanne Krogh Groth (DK, 1975) is MA in Musicology and Theatre studies (2003) with a thesis on Sound Art, and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Copenhagen (2010, Kehrer 2014). She is currently affiliated at the Royal Library in Copenhagen, conducting the research project “Composers on Stage” concerning 21st century composers. She is also part time lecture at the University of Copenhagen and editor-in-chief of the online journal Seismograf/DMT (seismograf.org). She has published internationally and occasionally co-curated at events and exhibitions.

Isabel Thomson has been familiar with Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm since the 1990s and worked there for seven years as the international coordinator, from 2004 to 2011. During this time, the studio underwent big changes, under the artistic and administrative leadership of Mats Lindström.

Vinyl, terror & horror is a collaboration between Camilla Sørensen (b.1978) and Greta Christensen (b. 1977), both graduated from the Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen in 2007/2008. The project is focused on the relationship between objects and sound and is presented in different situations as installation, sculpture, composition work or as live concerts. The work - whether it is a presented as an installation or a concert - uses sound to create a narrative that always directly refer to the medium playing it or the situation it is presented in. The sculptural work includes amounts of various materials where the live concert focuses exclusively on LP-records and turntables.

With support from Statens Musikverk, Sverige and The Swedish Embassy, Berlin.



9.9.15

Hearing Trouble / Sarah Lappin & Gascia Ouzounian


Hearing Trouble
Sarah Lappin / Gascia Ouzounian

Wednesday, September 16 – 19:30h

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin
www.errantbodies.org

You are warmly invited to a presentation and reception with architect Sarah Lappin and musicologist/sound artist Gascia Ouzounian. Sarah and Gascia are co-directors of the research group Recomposing the City: Sound Art and Urban Architectures at Queen's University Belfast. This group brings together sound artists, architects and planners in collaborative projects around the topic of sound and the built environment.

From September through November 2015, Gascia and Sarah will be based in Berlin to conduct research for their project Hearing Trouble. For this project, they are keen to interview sound artists, architects, planners, curators and community activists who have been involved with sound art, soundscape and sound studies communities in Berlin. The event will be an informal opportunity to meet Gascia and Sarah, who will give a short presentation on their project followed by a reception.
All are warmly invited.

The Hearing Trouble project is generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK.

For more information on Recomposing the City, please visit: www.recomposingthecity.org.