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Event: ‘Dynamic Nodes’, January 23 at STATE Studio Berlin

Text by CLOT Magazine

Curated by CLOT Magazine’s editors Meritxell Rosell and Lula Criado, CLOT Magazine presents a one-day event with video installations, panel discussion and AV performances on how networks repeat and perpetuate in different planes of our existence at STATE Studio in Berlin. 

Inspired by this year’s transmediale – festival for art and digital culture Berlin’s theme and taking as a starting point the theories of the Philosophy of Networks by Christopher Vitale and the Deleuzian concept of the Rhizome, Dynamic Nodes will explore how we live in a networked universe and invite the audience to imagine new terrains of existence through new relationships to networks. From global capitalism to artificial minds, evolutionary biology to quantum physics, networks have evolved throughout time and space and are “present” more than ever in our digital societies.

Keeping in line with our inspiration, we have invited artists who are close to CLOT Magazine and with whom we have interacted and exchanged knowledge and ideas. Dynamic Nodes sits in the framework of Vorspiel, the transmediale & CTM  parallel program of distributed partner events in the field of digital art and culture and experimental sound and music. 


6:15-7:00 pm: Open Doors and Bar
7:00-8:15 pm: Panel discussion (Kim Albrecht, Lou Drago and Sofía Crespo. Moderated by Lula Criado and Meritxell Rosell)
8:30-9:00 pm: An Trinse
9:15-10:00 pm: Broshuda
10:00-11:00 pm: Jacobo García Dj set 

Audiovisual installations and artworks by Kim Albrecht, Rosana Antolí and Sofia Crespo will be exhibited all day. 

The event is FREE. No RSVP is necessary.

Kim Albrecht is a German artist based in Berlin. He visualises cultural, technological, and scientific forms of knowledge. His diagrams are meant to unfold and question the structures of representation and explore the aesthetic of the intermingling of technology and society through the sensual knowledge of tracing information. For Dynamic Nodes he is presenting 3 projects in the format of prints and a video installation: Billionaires (print), a visualisation of all humans with capital over dollar; Trump Connections (print) is a visualisation of 1.500 individuals and organisations connected directly and indirectly to Donald Trump and Cosmic Web (installation), which explores the concept viewing the universe as a set of discrete galaxies held together by gravity, with data from 24,000 galaxies interactive visualisations give insight into the structure of the universe.

Rosana Antolí is a Spanish-born, London-based artist. She works across drawing, sculpture, video and performance to interact with and observe our movements, creating patterns from ordinary human actions. Her practice examines the role of social choreography and movement in relation to art. Repetition, politics and everyday choreographed poetics are the axis of her work. Virtual Choreography
(video) is an open database of movements, a ‘world gesture map’ that allows the audience to visualise and upload several recorded motions created by themselves. Through the dissemination of the recorded videos, a network of created gestures is highlighted.

Lou Drago is an artist, curator, writer and radio producer/ DJ working in the field of queer, feminist and gender theories. Drago is a founding member of collective XenoEntities Network in Berlin, a collective that focuses their research on queer, gender and feminist studies and their interactions with digital and technological cultures.

Drago’s recent work ruminates on ways to unite all those who fail to fit a neoliberal, capitalist mould, and they have been thinking about how to engage and unite what we have witnessed to be an increasingly fractured Left. Perpetually frustrated with the futility of binaries, Drago aims to prove the complexities of any given situation and to avoid reductive binary approaches. Their work with XEN will open a discussion about complexity in relation to de-binarising gender, and looking towards complexity within social structures and community-based networks as a way to circumvent classic capitalist structures, as well as developments in social communications globally within internet culture and various social platforms. Lou Drago is one of the panellists of ‘Dynamic Nodes’.

Sofía Crespo is an artist working with a huge interest in biology-inspired technologies. One of her main focuses is how organic life uses artificial mechanisms to simulate itself and evolve, implying that technologies are a biased product. Neural Zoo (video) is an exploration of how creativity works through AI and neural networks: the recombination of known elements into novel ones. Routines in an artificial neural network become responsible for authorship and the human artist (with non-artificial neurons) acts as the muse. Can art be reduced to the remapping of data absorbed through sensory processes?

Broshuda’s music incorporates elements of sound art, electroacoustic techniques, chopped spoken word dissections and field-recorded material, and more rhythmically oriented and noise-heavy excursions, cross-pollinating a wide textural range of influences, pursuing a strong Fluxus-inspired interdisciplinary ethos in his artistic output. The same attitude is applied to his audio works, resulting in detailed sketches which at the same time, show and disguise their inner logic while transporting a diverse range of carefully distilled feelings and emotions. His performance at Dynamic Nodes will feature excerpts from an ongoing collaboration with Polish Video artist Wiktor Podgórski which is forthcoming on Where to Now?

An Trinse is Northern Irish artist Stephen Mclaughlin. Based in London, his music deals with the uneasy atmospheres and silences left in the Irish psyche in the aftermath of colonial and religious repression. For Dynamic Nodes, he will be presenting a new AV show based on research undertaken around his coming split EP with Sardinian artist ‘Il Santo Bevitore’, looking into ancient connections between Ireland and Sardinia. Those investigations pointed to a global prehistoric society with advanced manufacturing technology that was destroyed by some apocalyptic event leaving few clues to their origin. Imagining the interfaces of these lost technologies coupled with megalith expert Julian Cope’s Sardinian road novel ‘131’ where the protagonist finds he can travel to the ancient past through prodigious use of psychedelics, it led to a visual language based on ancient sites rendered in 3D being mentally examined and dissolved by an imagined archaeological traveller.

Jacobo García López de Araujo is a tireless record collector, DJ, programmer, promoter and cultural innovator. He’s been active in the scene for the last eight years and well known for his cultural agitation activities around the city of Madrid. His latest project moves to the net: Lush Fades is a series of mixes revolving a concept: animal sounds in records, erotism, a poem, etc. Each mix is accompanied by illustrations and original texts from local artists. He also is part of Self Care, a new collective running cultural events in Madrid. For Dynamic Nodes, Jacobo will dig his collection for a cosmic ambient DJ set inspired by the event’s theme (with the likes of Geoffrey Chandler, Jon Hasell, Brian Eno, and Michel Huygen…) 

(The event is supported by the Spanish Embassy in Germany, and the artwork is by CLOT Magazine’s digital editor Stephen Mclaughlin)
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