Tickets für Driftmachine Quadrature, Nicolas Bernier 12.10.19 in Berlin, silent green Betonhalle
Tickets – Driftmachine Berlin
What does the future sound like? Future Soundscapes invites you to an audiovisual journey through time: Over four festival days, artists from the fields of music, media art and sound art will explore the past and present of science fiction sound between pop culture, music and cinema.
transfert (299 792 458 m/s)
transfert (299 792 458 m/s) is marking a shift from Nicolas Bernier’s previous conceptual and rather minimal series, frequencies. From the white scientific background explored with frequencies various audio-visual performances and installations between 2012 to 2016, Bernier is now visiting science fiction and the oversweet 80s pop culture. The piece is driven by loads layered synthesizers recalling sci-fi soundtracks that are animating colored neons at the speed of light. Somewhere between the spacetime travel light beams or the spaceship control panels and corridors, the 3 scenographic structures are moved by the artist, altering the perception of light and space.
The work is a hyperbolic, artificial science fiction scene.
Nicolas Bernier creates audiovisual performances and installations aiming to carve a dialogue between sound and tangible matter. Shaped by his work within the fields of cinema, literature, dance and theatre companies, his own language blend together elements of music, photography, design, science, video art, architecture, light design and scenography. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sources and digital processing.
Quadrature’s artistic research focuses on data and physical experiments. The Berlin artist collective uses new technologies and scientific findings as inspiration as well as raw material. They pursue a transdisciplinary approach, using various media such as time-based performance and installation as well as classical sculptural and two-dimensional works.
For some years, the artists have been focusing specifically on the methods and tools for exploring the cosmos. For Quadrature the universe represents an intangible but very real place for their reflections, evoking both the most elemental emotions and the most advanced scientific theories. The boundaries and limitations the human mind and its physical representations encounter resonates in all their work.
The members of the Berliner Künstlerkollektiv Juliane Götz, Sebastian Neitsch and formerly Jan Bernstein (until 2016), have won several awards and scholarships for their artistic practice, including recognition by the Prix Ars Electronica in 2015 and 2018, scholarships from the Kunstfonds Bonn, Akademie Schloss Solitude and LaBecque, as well as a fellowship from PODIUM Esslingen and the Hertz-lab of the ZKM Karlsruhe(Centre of Art and Media). Their work is shown around the world in festivals and exhibitions.
Modular synth duo Driftmachine started as a workshop where Andreas Gerth and Florian Zimmer, producers of an extensive back-catalog of records and projects, focused on synth exploration and search for a new approach for groove and bass-driven music.The project steadily evolved and the duo ended up releasing several albums on the acclaimed Mexico-based experimental imprint Umor Rex, labels like Hallow Ground & Ongehoord. The duo also produced sound montages for several exhibitions of fine arts, e.g. for Riga International Biennial RIBOCA and for the artist Moritz Götze.
Driftmachine’s third member during live acts is the vid- eo artist Mika Shkurat: a member of Nisantashi Primary School who explores classical video feedback techniques using an analogue LZX-based video-synth combined with a screen and live camera footage.