INSTINCT is a film that germinated in 2013 and was finally completed in 2019, a collaborative project between Mad Kate, Adrienne Teicher, Marit Ostberg, Ester Martin Bergsmark and Jasco Viefhues. INSTINCT is about the queer imaginary; a queer love/crusing story where possibilities emerge for imagining our own bodies differently, sharing bodies, and exploring bodies that we might only be in our fantasies. In these dreams we find possibilities to connect with each other beyond bodies and see in each others’ bodies our fluidities and our queerness.
INSTINCT premiered at the 14th Annual Berlin Porn Film Festival between 22 October and 27 October 2019 at Moviemento Theater.
Against societal trends to dismiss the body in favour of automation, AI, and digital existence, KNOWBODY investigates the presence and absence of the body and the knowledge contained therein. The investigation is done through the performance of the body and the presence of the body in performance. “A performance” asks that bodies are present; as performer, as audience, as active interlocutor. The assembling of bodies together for the purpose of performance – and the proximity of those bodies to experience or create together – allows us to rediscover the immanent territory of the flesh.
Five queer Berliners of different generations and backgrounds take the audience on a performative journey through Berlin’s queer history between Pankow and Schöneberg, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, Mahlsdorf and Charlottenburg.
In search for the intersections of queer identities in a collective consciousness, they liquefy time, space, body and gender and connect with ancestors and future generations. The performers have been living in Berlin for generations or have recently moved here. They will channel their icons, ex-lovers and former selves to draw a political-personal portrait of queer Berlin between East and West.
It is in mountains that the deep history of the world reveals itself, and it is in the play of sediments that the consciousness of minerals reveals itself. This consciousness mirrors in some ways the parasympathetic nervous system of human life, with its long neural pathways and preference for homeostasis: we are closer to rocks than we realise.
At this time, patterns of migration once again are compelling Europe to face once again the deadly paranoid mechanisms of othering by which it constructs its sense of self. The slow dance of rocks across generations is an encounter of entities that resists being subsumed by the hyperventilation of fear produced by a crisis mindset.
This damp and amphibious track extrapolates from field recordings of an immense network of stuttering frogs, which we encountered on Yorta Yorta country in South-Eastern Australia. The frogs reacted to their presence and movement by altering the intensity and volume of their vocalizations, creating an organic techno. The singular texture of PROXIMITY is the result of this collaboration with wetland wildlife.
Techniques for Auditory Resistance is a sound art workshop and collaborative laboratory facilitated by HYENAZ, given by HYENAZ in October 2017 at the betOnest artist residency. Using a variety of tools, with an emphasis on free and open source software, we explored a variety of approaches to creating sound in an electronic music context, including the manipulation of field recordings through sampling, digital synthesis and vocal recordings. We explored techniques of arrangement to create sonic landscapes from the sounds that emerged and began to think about how we can develop sound art that responds to the experiences of those who gathered as well our context at betOnest.
Critical Magic 비평 적 마술 is a mixed reality immersive performance based in physical contact, somatic labor, sound and movement to break physical and mental isolation and to spark discourse that is both critical and utopian.
The Berlin Refugee Movement is an organisation set up by a diverse group of refugees “who chose not to accept their disfranchisement by the German state any more and are carrying out a self-organized protest.” It was set up following the suicide of an Iranian refugee several years ago, and aims to solve the problems that the Government will not.
In aid of the movement, Berlin-based band HYENAZ have remixed Paula Temple’s “Gegen” (the German word for “against”). On top of the original cut, they have added angry, punk vocals, trying to get across the message that freedom of movement isn’t granted for everyone.
On the matter, Temple explained that “this edit is on sale. As a small gesture, every sale Hyenaz and I will personally double and the whole amount will go to the Berlin Refugee Movement,” as “they are in constant need of resources and money to pay lawyers fees, run education tours, or provide food and activities for mental health relief.”