Hyenaz x Yusuph Suso: Ex Situ

The interactive sculpture is NOW LIVE. Click below to add your voice to this evolving soundscape.


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WHEN: Dec 1-4, 2021, 12:00-21:00 / WHERE: EXIT, Wienerstrasse 32 Berlin Map Facebook / SAFETY: 2G rules apply (vaccinated / recovered), wear a mask

Team

TEXT + VOCALS: Yusuph Suso / SCULPTURE DESIGN: Hyenaz (Kathryn Fischer + Adrienne Teicher / Lau Bau / COMPOSITION: Hyenaz / VIDEO: Yusuph Suso / VIDEO EDIT: Hyenaz / CREATIVE CODE: Rodrigo Frenk


Ex Situ – a collaboration between Hyenaz & Yusuph Suso – is a multimedia performance, interactive sonic sculpture and audiovisual work which explores how human beings can exist in past, current and future homeland(s), simultaneously and the fragile technological threads on which this multidimensional existence is suspended.

The work is partly inspired by Maxine Burkett’s notion of a “Nation Ex-Situ” – a nation of stateless people no longer able to live in their physical homelands – highlights the growing number of people who have lost the physical location of their former home but maintain bonds despite living in disparate location(s) and home(s).

The origins of this sculpture lie on a dusty road leading to an immigration detention centre on the outskirts of Trapani in Sicily where the artists Hyenaz and Yusuph Suso first encountered each other.
As part of their Foreign Bodies project, Hyenaz were attempting to map the physical and intellectual structures that manifest around the phenomenon of human bodies in motion and migration and the countervailing attempts of governments and other actors to regulate, instrumentalise and profit from this phenomenon.

Yusuph on the other hand was acting as an interpreter for migrants navigating the bureaucratic and legal intricacies of the Italian migration system, a system that he had himself navigated a few years earlier.

In the few minutes that he could spare, Yusuph explained a little of his journey from Gambia, and that he was a singer from a long line of court musicians stretching back to the ancient kingdom of Mali. A week later the three artists met in Palermo and made a set of recordings – both interviews in English and vocals in Mandinka. In the months that followed, Yusuph sent a set of videos from a visit home to Gambia that he made on his phone.

Hyenaz remediated this archive of video and audio recordings into a levitating sound sculpture. The sculpture is comprised of a network of scratched and damaged mobile phones, counterbalanced against one another in space. Each phone loops a sound and visual element at random intervals to generate a sonic artwork that is never the same in any given moment.

Visitors are able to contribute their own stories of movement, motion and migration through a web interface accessible by smartphone or computer and their words are musically transformed and integrated into the sculpture.

By drawing us into a hive of dreams and memories Ex Situ reminds us of the importance of connection even as human lifeworlds sink, dissolve, or are displaced.

Along with the gallery installation and launch of the web interface, Ex Situ also manifests as a video and EP, with a remix by Sky Deep.


Team

TEXT + VOCALSYusuph Suso
SCULPTURE DESIGNHyenaz
Lau Bau
COMPOSITIONHyenaz
VIDEOYusuph Suso
VIDEO EDITHyenaz
CREATIVE CODERodrigo Frenk

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Adrienne Teicher – Insecure

As smoke from Siberian wildfires filtered into the north pole for the very first time in recorded history, Adrienne Teicher – producer, composer and somatic performance artist – wondered what art could achieve on a planet that is readying itself to cast off humanity like a coat of fleas.

Adrienne’s first solo release INSECURE explores the encounter with these roaming dangers of covid and climate change from the perspective of isolation. In lockdown, she created four A/V works documenting the anxiety she experienced in her body, while also attempting a personal and systemic critique, in the hope of performing an alchemical transformation from a body in isolation into a subject in solidarity with others.

The title track INSECURE, a video in which a monstrous humanoid face laments and writhes to a relentless techno beat. Along with DEPRAVITY, this work was the result of Adrienne picking up a camera and filming herself before spending manipulating the video material until the solitary figure became a hallucinogenic avatar.

As well as the body, Adrienne reached for other material that was close to hand and worked with stock footage for NATURE and UNPRODUCTIVE COMPLEXITY.

“For NATURE it was all drone footage, which I sliced and collaged. I wanted to touch the horror that is produced from watching human life approach a civilisational singularity, where we either enslave or destroy all other forms of life, and ultimately ourselves.”

The source of many of her aesthetic and conceptual frames is HYENAZ – a long term collaboration with fellow producer Kathryn Fischer. As well as their own performative rituals, the pair have developed and performed choreographies for electroclash performance artist PEACHES, and created sound designs for writer/directors Sivan Ben Yishai and Sasha Marianna Salzmann, at Kampnagel, Münchner Kammerspiele, Maxim Gorki Theatre and Royal Festival Hall.

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HYENAZ – Perimeter

Perimeter is the latest a/v work by HYENAZ, in collaboration with performers Mmakgosi Kgabi, Martini Cherry Furter, and Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, artistic director Yeorg Kronnagel and cinematography by Robert Mleczko. Perimeter is the third audio-visual work and performative intervention in the HYENAZ Foreign Bodies series, and is supported with generous funding by Musicboard Berlin. The EP and Video will be released on June 3rd, 2021 on Freudian/Slit Records Berlin, and includes remixes by IXA and Maya Postepski aka Princess Century.

Radio Sendung: HYENAZ picks Perimeter Themed Radio on Underground Institute https://www.facebook.com/undergroundinstitute/

Radio Sendung: HYENAZ present Foreign Bodies on Obskur Radio https://soundcloud.com/obskurtechno

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EKU EKU EKU (a call to death)

Goethe-Institut Virtual Partnership Residency

HYENAZ and crazinisT artisT paired up during the month of April 2021 to explore the theme of death through a simultaneous deep listening journey in their respective homes (Kumasi, Ghana and Berlin, Germany). After the deep listening, field recording and filming (with the help of Sally Dige in Berlin and Ohsoh Edward in Kumasi) they created a new audio visual work. Funded by Goethe-Institut and supported by EXP__, this is an opportunity for artists to collaborate together across distance, perspectives, and contexts.

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HYENAZ – Born From Death (Bad Conscience Remix)

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HYENAZ are known for pushing their forward thinking electronic music and confrontational performances into fully realized artistic expressions. On “Born from the Death” the two use snippets of conversation and the experience of working on music at a queer collective on the outskirts of Berlin to build the basis for the heavily rhythmic, House inflected track which Teicher’s Bad Conscience gleefully breaks down.

From Tometotheweathermachine

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Unsere Stadt aus Vogelaugen / Eine Blutung im Dunkeln

14.06.2020: 22:00 / TD Berlin
15.06.2020: 22:00 / TD Berlin
https://td.berlin/stuecke/unsere-stadt-aus-vogelaugen-eine-blutung-im-dunkeln
25.10.2020: 17:00 / Münchner Kammerspiele
https://www.tdjml.org/event/tdjml-2020-meets-munchen

Am 3. Oktober 1938, nur kurz vor der Progromnacht, verfügte die Stadt Dortmund den Abriss der Großen Synagoge. Diese Anordnung wurde im Dezember 1938 umgesetzt. In einer besonderen Zusammenarbeit mit HYENAZ, stellt die Schriftstellerin Sivan Ben Yishai ihren Text: “Unsere Stadt aus Vogelaugen/ Eine Blutung im Dunkeln” vor. Die performative, musikalische Lesung ist auch eine Meditation über die 35 Tage der Reue, die zwischen dem 3. Oktober und dem 9. November liegen.

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HYENAZ x Jova Lynne: Beyond Possible

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Beyond Possible is the outcome of a collaboration between installation and performance artist Jova Lynne and HYENAZ. Field recordings and visuals were gathered in Berlin, Germany and Detroit, Michigan in August 2020 with the intention of finding and creating sanctuary. These materials were carefully assembled into an audio-visual artwork by HYENAZ.

Goethe-Institut Virtual Partnership Residency
EXP Award: Goethe-Institut Chicago

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Annies: ein gesangliches Konzert

Die Droste Lectures entstehen 2020 im Dialog zwischen zwei Autorinnen: Sivan Ben Yishai und Maren Kames. Zwei der kraftvollsten Schriftstellerinnen der jüngeren Generation sprechen mit uns und Droste über Krieg und Frieden durch die Jahrhunderte und in der Sprache. Produziert von und mit den Sounddesignerinnen und Filmemacherinnen HYENAZ.

https://www.burg-huelshoff.de/medien/mediathek/droste-festival-2020-believe-in-us/sivan-ben-yishai-maren-kames-hyenaz-performance-droste-lectures-2020-annies-ein-gesangliches-konzert

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HYENAZ – Columns

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Lines That Maintain a violent order / Lines that distinguish a violent event / Those lines do not hold / The forest floor / Leaves like our bodies / Scattered in time

Our nostrils full of earth / Leaves decay / White lines / Feet march / Lines our bodies form / Are scattered by time / Day is gone / Its heat Is gone / Its sounds gone / As all things return / To stillness

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