The Berlin based duo consisting of Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard and Bror Sander Berg Størseth constantly serve up fresh perspectives on the world, tongue in cheek, jaws scraping off the ground. The objects produced by the duo are caught in between form and function, art and design, discourse and disgust. Aurora Sander reacts to the intrinsic structures of the art world, of socialization, distribution, value creation, judgement, and accruement, to turn some tables, but making sure the tables look damned good on the way round.
Dambi Kim is the host of Meditative Sounds (冥想曲) delivering the serenity and transience of life through tea, incense, words and audio. By playing a Korean traditional black zither, called the geomungo, Kim was first introduced to the way of tea in 2014. Philosopher Sen Rikyu’s wabi-cha teaching was a major inspiration when she fell in love with Chinese tea during a sojourn in Europe, which she now studies along with incense under a Chinese tea Master.
DJ Paypal is one of juke and footwork’s most fascinating figures: The elusive producer, affiliated with Chicago’s Teklife-Crew, his own Mall Music collective, Glasgow underground leaders LuckyMe, and most recently, Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint, has built a family through online footwork forums, SoulSeek mining, and countless tracks shared across the globe. Ever since, he’s been spinning footwork in novel directions, highlighting the genre’s undervalued sense of playfulness in the process.
Emamouse has been recognized as one of the most unique figures in Tokyo’s underground experimental music scene. Her playful sounds often combine “denpa”, a type of Japanese music that features off-key vocals, nonsensical lyrics and an over-the-top tune, and warped MIDI pop songs that recall classic Japanese video game aesthetics. Always hiding behind her signature felt mask, she emerges herself in games and virtual spaces to escape reality.
食品まつり a.k.a Foodman is an electronic music producer and visual artist based in Tokyo. His renaissance-like take on and knowledge of music is probably the most positively disconcerting trait of his work. He negotiates various song forms and combines diverse genres – ranging from techno, house, pop, raw electronic percussion to concretism, footwork, and ambient – with an incredibly creative, musical, and wild take on melody, harmony, timbre and syncopation.
Francesco Cavaliere is known for the sensitivity with which he combines sounds, materials and space, showing a highly particular taste for the most diverse forms of exoticism. His works are capable of enlivening his listeners’ inner states in an imaginative journey populated by ephemeral presences, phenomena generated by glass, minerals and voices recorded using analogue technologies.
Francesco Cavaliere and Tomoko Sauvage re-interpret the work by the fluxus artist and composer Henning Christiansen. For their installation and performance, the duo plays green sculptures and instruments combining mineral, glass, plants and painted synthesizers.
Takahashi is an architect and composer born in Tokyo. DIY at the core, Takahashi produces with simplicity – shredding all unnecessary steps. Composed in GarageBand on an iPhone, Takahashi’s characteristically ambient works have been released by labels such as Where To Now? (UK) and Constellation Tatsu (US). He also composes for an ambient unit, Unknown Me.
Hitoyo is a hive mind which is based on the data from the Twitter account “SAZAE BOT” or an anonymous virtual artist who calls oneself “A time traveler from 2061”.
Jenna Sutela’s installations, text and sound performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, often in relation to technology. Most recently, she has been exploring exceedingly complex biological and computational systems, ultimately unknowable and in a constant state of becoming. Sutela has exhibited her work at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, The Institute of Contemporary Arts London, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, among others.
Johanna Odersky is a Frankfurt-based artist who currently studying Fine Arts at Städelschule. In her sculptural work, Odersky is interested in the silhouettes separating the inside from the outside, and the mechanisms emerging from them: inclusion, exclusion and domestication. Thinking of exteriority as a form of resistance to contemporary claustrophobia, she simultaneously tries to build up and to break thoughts and their borders. A circular movement, in which one does not get closer to an exact definition, but instead is led to inexhaustible regress.
Larry is a DJ from the underground music scene in Berlin dedicated to discovering new sounds and music cultures on the Internet. Her sets are clearly intended for an experience – without any loyalty towards a certain BPM or genre. In 2011, Larry co-founded platforms such as the party and label Creamcake, interdisciplinary music and art event 3hd Festival and インフラ INFRA.
Lars TCF Holdhus
TCF is the project of the Berlin-based Norwegian artist and producer Lars Holdhus. Shifting between art exhibitions and musical performance, TCF’s work explores themes of code, cryptography, and musical composition through the use of visual, sonic, built, and written concepts. His gravity-free compositions create a suspended n-dimensional space whose structure often comes under frenetic attack, creating stress so intense that it threatens to tear the sonic fabric.
Lilium Kobayashi is an artist who lives in Tokyo, and is part of the Pink Queendom collective.
Lyra is a singer, composer, and performance artist. She studied classical music in upstate New York, and has called Berlin home for the last three years. In her solo work and collaborations, she embodies the search for sensual mysticism and transcendent emergence of the self within the emotional confines of global capitalism and our ever-more-heavily corporatized digital realms. In both her practices, Lyra commits to feeling, empathy, and listening as the central pathways to self-actualization as well as any affirmative, collective action.
Makoto Taniguchi is a Tokyo based artist who finished his studies in intermedia art at Tokyo University of the Arts. His work is based on the imagery of girls in Japan as they appear as characters in comics and anime, and as heartthrobs and idols. These images of girls, passed down steadily to Taniguchi since his youth in the 1980s, are acknowledged as a common, general occurrence within contemporary Japanese society.
Nile Koetting is an artist who works with a diverse range of media including text, film, performance, sound, and installation. His work has been presented at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, and Maison Hermes Foundation in Tokyo amongst others. He is the co-founder of sound gallery EBM(T) and co-founder of インフラ INFRA.
Nobukazu Takemura is a Japanese artist and a composer with a child’s sensibility. He’s been active since the early 90s, focusing his activities on order formation and its processes, quests, and spontaneity through play and affect. Takemura has occupied a unique space between post-rock, electronica and modern experimental music, producing albums Child and Magic, Songbook and Zeitraum. He has broadened his creative output from music into video, installation, painting, poetry, and theater from the turn of the millennium.
Nozomu Matsumoto is a sound artist based in Tokyo, co-founder of the sound gallery EBM(T) and co-founder of インフラ INFRA. His work has been presented at galleries such as Yamamoto Gendai and Talion Gallery. Matsumoto has done sound design for many projects including Nile Koetting’s “Sustainable Hours” at Maison Hermés in Tokyo and Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishisawa / SANAA’s lnujima “Landscape Project” during Architecture Biennale in Venice 2016.
Shana Moulton is a media artist who explores contemporary anxieties through her filmic alter ego, Cynthia. Moulton has had solo exhibitions and performances at The New Museum, SFMOMA, MoMA P.S.1, Performa 2009, The Kitchen, Electronic Arts Intermix, Art in General, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Migros Museum in Zurich, The Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Times Museum in Guangzhou. Moulton’s work has been reviewed in the Village Voice, Artforum, the Brooklyn Rail, the New York Times, Artnet Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Art Review, Artpress and Flash Art. She is a featured artist at Electronic Arts Intermix and Art21.
Toiret Status is a musician who compares his production to excretion, and works with the theme “mizu ni nagasu”, which is a Japanese expression that literally translates to “let flow in the water”. He creates music on simple applications and tools such as GarageBand, iPhone and iPad. 2015, in a collaboration with DJWWWW, Toiret Status released “YamaGucci” on Wasabi Tapes. 2016, “◎ omaru ◎” was released from Orange Milk Records.
Tomoko Sauvage, Japanese musician and artist, investigates the sculpturality of sound and improvisation in relation to the environment. Mainly known for a musical / visual research about ‘natural synthesizer’ of her invention, composed with diverse fluid, bowls, ceramic, light and underwater amplification, Sauvage’s approach is attached to questions of alchemy, meditation and balance between hazard and mastery. Under the form of performances, installations and musical compositions, her work is regularly presented in Europe, Asia and America.
Y.Ohashi is a Japanese producer who gets inspiration from sceneries and phenomena experienced when in solitude. Placing pieces of collected recordings, Ohashi replays broken pieces of nostalgia. Between 2015 and 2016, he has released four albums through his own Bandcamp. In 2016, ein Nebelhaftes Zimmer was released through Wasabi Tapes.
ALMA is an artist/performer living and working in Tokyo. She is an ordinary girl, a child of bad revolution, and a sweetie. She is also part of the Pink Queendom collective.
DJWWWW’s unique style has been often described as the sound of the internet. Raised in Yamaguchi, he is co-founder of the blog SIM and the label Wasabi Tapes. His album “U.S.M!” released in 2015 has been cited as the best work of the year from The Wire. His cassette album Arigato, released on Orange Milk Records, was selected in Tiny Mix Tapes as one of 2016’s favorite 50 music releases.
Johanna Odersky a.k.a IKU is a Frankfurt-based artist whose interests and music is circulated around the aesthetic form of recursion. Currently studying Fine Arts at Städelschule, she uses this approach as a loose structure for creating, as well as erasing, mood and meaning. Recontextualization and self-reference are used to bring to mind different time frames and an alternative space to our linear histories and understanding of being.