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Bei uns hier in Neukölln gibt’s so ein Spiel, das spielen wir jedes Wochenende mit 30, 40 Jungs. Einer ist der Fänger und die anderen laufen weg. Und wenn er einen gefangen hat, darf er ihm 30 Sekunden lang Todesschläge geben und der darf sich nicht mal wehren. Danach ist er auch Fänger und darf seine Wut an den anderen auslassen. Einer bleibt am Ende übrig, der beste. Der, den sie nicht gekriegt haben. Und das ist dann der Gangsterläufer.

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Peter Kirn


CDM and yours truly team up with Berlin arts collective Mindpirates next week for a learning event we hope will be a little different than most. The idea behind the gathering is to combine learning in some new ways. The evenings begin with more traditional instruction, as I cover, step-by-step, how you’d assemble beat machines, instruments, effects, and video mixers using free software (Pure Data and Processing).

But, we’ll go a little further, opening up sessions to hacking and jamming, finally using the event space at Mindpirates to try out ideas on the PA and projectors. By the last night, we’ll all get to play together for the public before opening things up to a party at night. I know when I’ve personally gotten to do this, I’ve gotten more out of a learning experience. Getting to do it with the aim of creating useful instruments and beats and visuals here, then, I think makes perfect sense.

Working with free software in this case means that anyone can participate, without the need for special software or even the latest computers. (What we’re doing will work on Raspberry Pi, for instance, or old netbooks, perfect for turning small and inexpensive hardware into a drum machine.) No previous experience is required: everyone will get to brush up on the basics, with beginning users getting the essentials and more advanced users able to try out other possibilities in the hack sessions.

If you’re in easyJet distance of Berlin, of course, we’d love to see you and jam with you. In trying to keep this affordable for Berliners, we’ve made this 40 € total for three nights including a meal each evening and a guest list spot on the Saturday night party.

But I hope this is the sort of format we can try out elsewhere, too. If you have ideas of what you’d like to see in this kind of instruction – in-person events being ideal, but also perhaps in online tutorials – let us know.

Create Digital Music + Mindpirates present: Laptops on Acid
Facebook event

Pre-registration required; spots limited – Eventbrite
Register while spots are still available!

(fellow European residents, I’m as annoyed at the absence of bank transfer/EC payment at Eventbrite as you are – we’re working on an alternative, so you should email elisabeth (at) mindpirates [dot] org to register if you don’t want to use that credit card system!)

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Lucas Gutierrez (AR), Silo Sessions.

Lucas Gutierrez (AR), Silo Sessions.

Electronic music, once the exclusive domain of secluded art laboratories, has now made the connection to clubs inseparable. The rhythms of dance music draw a line from popular to research; the software and gear marketed for dance musicians cross-pollinating with more experimental tools, as music styles, textures, and timbres mix, as well. But now, finding a way out of that club context and its restrictions may be as vital as the emergence from the lab years ago.

Making connections between Argentina and Germany, across an international collective of audiovisual artists, FxLD’s latest project invades a disused grain silo in Berlin. Literally in the shadow of Kreuzberg’s famed techno haven Watergate, the base of the silo is a narrow, concrete cave, broad-shouldered beams criss-crossing the space.

We get to listen to the fruits of the Silo Series performances, realized live and retaining their rough edges and improvised forms. And you can see some of the flickers, too, via filmmaker (and now CDM collaborator) Kevin Klein.

Danish artist Vectral, aka Søren Lyngsø, paints cinematic portraits in sound, rhythms throbbing underneath digital textures, all interwoven into a narrative of grooves and shadowy noises. Argentinian Lucas Gutierrez is an industrial designer and visual artist, but his music is a kind of dance of tribal glitches.

SILO SESSIONS from Mindpirates e.V. on Vimeo.

We have full-length music mixes here:




Resembling nothing if not Plato’s famous allegory, audiovisual shows in the silo echo on those cold post-industrial surfaces and dance on the walls. Listening to the results, you’ll hear traces of dance grooves as they’re fragmented into glitchy textures, the computers sounding a little bit as though they’re about to scream under the strain. (Having been floating around academia for about twenty years now, I remember how frequent complaints used to be about “beat-driven” music. For a time, academics were as afraid of recognizable rhythm as they were of tonality in the post-war era. I think more enlightened openness has prevailed – a good thing, too, as I wouldn’t want to have to drop Beethoven for his four-on-the-floor time signatures.)

I’m honored to get to play as part of this series tomorrow, Friday, using software I’ve built in Pd and Processing. (I hope to share those patches, once they’re cleaned up.) But I’m equally pleased to share the work that’s come before, as I’m thoroughly enjoying listening to it. And while we can’t entirely replicate the experience, I loved the feeling of being close with other listeners, in a space that wasn’t a concert but wasn’t a club, either – shoulder to shoulder with music lovers, sounds and light slightly different from each vantage point.

More of Lucas – LUCAS GUTIERREZ . Ascendente LiveAct – PANORAMICA 2012 (Buenos Aires, Argentina – actually, 2013′s installment is next weekend if you’re in that neighborhood!)

If you are in Berlin, come say hi. More on the series, and the ideas behind it:


Mindpirates open the doors of their silo, in collaboration with FxLD, to make way for experimentation with a series of concerts exploring the relationship between audio and visual concepts. This event takes its name from the location where the event will be executed, an old grain silo in the heart of Kreuzberg. The unique space is characterized by its geometric architecture ideal to create an introspective atmosphere.
Seeking to promote a state of connection that goes beyond the limits of reason, guest artists will work image and sound simultaneously using non-conventional structures to compose and execute in real time.

Mindpirates is an artist group that works on aspects and issues of contemporary culture, sociology and ecology. The group has the approach to work independently and interdisciplinary. They combine challenging aesthetics, substantial examination and experiment with new forms of distribution, exposition and cooperation.

Mindpirates e.V. is a member based network. The e.V. is building and developing a community that supports ideas and projects with the Mindpirates.

Mindpirates Vereinsheim is organized by the Mindpirates e.V. based in Berlin. The space follows the tradition of an artist run center and is used by its members as a platform for mutual exchange and public presentation.

The Mindpirates Projektraum is an independent art space and a curatorial platform for the collaborative production and presentation of artistic projects, exhibitions and critical research work. It is a meeting place for the exchange of thoughts and impulses through which to forge relationships with the guest artists and the public.


Is an artistic collective based between Berlin and Buenos Aires. Has the aim of serve as a platform for research, experimentation and promotion of Digital Art and Generative Art and to give them a place in the consolidated circle of art. FxLD believes that they are forms of Fine Arts that can respond to the most deep inquires of the spirit. And defends that the computers and informatic languages expand the barriers of creation to make way to a new aesthetical and conceptual paradigm in art.

VECTRAL (DK) ( Silo Sessions I )

Behind the pseudonym Vectral, Søren Lyngsø, producer/composer/computer-programmer and visual-artist with a master degree in electronic music-composition from the Royal Academy of Music, explores the interplay between electronic compositions and audio-reactive visuals with concerts leading the audience through his sensory labyrinth step by step. His stubborn sounds-capes and crackling sound structures consist of electronically arranged material from everyday life heard through homemade software. The visual part consists of live generated 3D graphics using 3D control points to create dynamic colors and shapes.

LUCAS GUTIERREZ (ARG) ( Silo Sessions II )

Digital Artist and Industrial Designer and native of Belen City in the province of Catamarca, Argentina. He specializes in video-art and real time video session projects pushing limits and blending influences from Motion Graphics and Graphic Design. He strives to achieve simplicity in its work while playing with blurred visuals and blending together the variations of two styles. The design studio coalesces its influences to create a variety of audio/visual projects for creative professionals in the art and media world.

Lucas has exhibited his works in well-known national and international festivals such as: Offf-Post-Digital Creation Culture, Panoramica / Tiempo Visual Panorama Real 2010 & 2012 (Bs As, Argentina), Getset Festival 2012 (Porto, Portugal), Cccartaxo 2010/12 (Portugal), Fuga Jurasica & Sincroba 2009 (Bs As – Argentina), Videofest 2008/9 (Cordoba, Argentina) among others. Lucas Gutierrez became a well-known Visual Artist and participates as resident VJ in a number of shows and events, fusing primarily electronic music with art.
He is currently a member of: fungo_project collective (Lisbo, Portugal) and undertones (Argentina). “A chaotic style that permeates his works with motion graphics. Seeks simplicity while running with the limits of the blurred image”.

Finally, from Vorspiel (which runs prior to the Transmediale and CTM festivals), here’s a murky jam of artists in the silo space — good stuff, good times (again, including recent CDM collaborators Easton West and Kevin Klein):

Mindpirates & P2P Vorspiel: Plutonic Frequencies from Mindpirates e.V. on Vimeo.

Details of what’s going on there:

On the occasion of CTM Vorspiel, Mindpirates will channel the ancient knowledge of the lost tribes of Pluto through vibrational frequencies. This cosmic learning experience will take place in the secret Silo space located at Mindpirates.
This very special event was part of P2P Vorspiel, a pre-festival weekend preceding the opening of transmediale 2013 BWPWAP – Back When Pluto Was a Planet and CTM.13 – THE GOLDEN AGE through a dissemination of projects including exhibition openings, workshops, talks, performances and parties outside the main venues of either festival.
Participating Artists:
Pauline Doutreluingne
Cy Iurinic
Kevin Klein
Emmanuel Pidré
Owen Roberts
Dylan Warn
Easton West

Philipp Wenning
Kevin Klein

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In a Berlin courtroom earlier today, the Technoviking met his maker. The star of one of the most emblematic Internet cultural phenomenons of the past decade issuing the artist who surreptitiously filmed him, claiming he stole his image and profited from the results. Fritsch let the video collect dust on his personal website for six years, until he finally uploaded it to YouTube in 2006, where it continued to exist in obscurity for months. It took until 2007 for it to really take off. Fritsch has traced the origins of its viral path to an obscure Central American porn site. From there it jumped to Web communities and humor blogs, and at one point racked up 2 million views in a single night. In 2009, the star of the video, whose real identity is still a mystery, hit Fritsch with a legal notice asking him to stop using the video and all derivations of it.

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Protest gegen Neonazi-Aufmarsch in Berlin

Bundestagsvizepräsident Wolfgang Thierse (SPD) hat das alltägliche Zusammenleben mit zugezogenen Schwaben in dem Berliner Stadtteil Prenzlauer Berg als mitunter “strapaziös” bezeichnet. “Ich wünsche mir, dass die Schwaben begreifen, dass sie jetzt in Berlin sind – und nicht mehr in ihrer Kleinstadt mit Kehrwoche”. Thierse konkretisierte, er ärgere sich, wenn er etwa beim Bäcker erfahre, dass es keine Schrippen gebe, sondern Wecken. “Da sage ich: In Berlin sagt man Schrippen, daran könnten sich selbst Schwaben gewöhnen.” Ebenso störe es ihn, wenn ihm in Geschäften “Pflaumendatschi” angeboten würden. “Was soll das? In Berlin heißt es Pflaumenkuchen”, sagte Thierse der Zeitung.

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Die ersten paar Jahre war die Bar 25 noch ein ziemlich entspannter Ort mit peaciger Tür, trotzdem war der Laden der reine Rave-Alb, denn hier lag das Epizentrum der Miminalpest, die in den ersten Jahren des neuen Jahrtausends Angst und Schrecken über die Tanzflächen brachte: Unverdünnte Langeweile zu vershuffelt ausgebremsten Rhythmen. In der Bar tuckerte die Einfallslosigkeit in bassfreier Kofferradioqualität oft tagelang traurig vor sich hin, ohne dabei groß aufzufallen, vielleicht weil die Bar-25-Crowd durchs Musikhören über schepprige Laptoplautsprecher abgestumpft war, bestimmt weil es in diesem Club sowieso nicht um die Musik oder ums Raven ging, sondern um alberne Verkleidungen, schultheaterhafte Rollenspielchen und multitoxische Hirnerweichung, egal was, egal wie, Hauptsache mal die banale Tristesse der real existierenden Kreativklasse verdrängen. Weshalb die Unendlichkeit der Bar-25-Wochenenden, die sich gerne zäh und lustlos in den Dienstag schleppten, auch kein Ausdruck überbordender Lebensfreude waren, sondern kollektive Realitätsverweigerung mit Konfetti, Glitzer und Verstand im Ketamin-Erdloch ersäufen.

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“Prenzlauer Berg – Begegnungen zwischen dem 1. Mai und dem 1. Juli 1990″ liefert Bilder aus dem Leben der Kiez-Bewohner in den letzten Monaten vor der Währungsunion. “We need revolution” singt “Herbst in Peking” aus dem Prenzlauer Berg in den Trümmern der Mauer am Rande ihres Stadtbezirks. Dabei ist im Mai ’90 schon fast alles gelaufen. Im “Prater” schwooft Knatter-Karl mit seiner Freundin. Frieda und Gerda im “Hackepeter” sind erschüttert; denn gleich nach dem Fall der Mauer wurde im Tierpark ein Papagei gestohlen. Die Polizei jagt bewaffnete Männer, während Näherinnen erklären, warum die Vietnamesen zuerst entlassen werden. Ein einsamer Gast aus dem “Wiener Cafe” singt zum Abschied das Lied von der Heimat, während die rumänische Combo zum Balkan-Express zurückeilt. Die Hausbesetzer träumen von Anarchie und Frau Ziervogel, Inhaberin von Berlins berühmtester Würstchenbude, segnet das erste Westgeld. Der Tag der Währungsunion ist da. Filipp Moritz besetzt den Prenzlauer Berg.

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Tonight I went to the opening of ‘Impetus and Movement‘, the 3rd Ars Electronica exhibition at the Volkswagen Automobil Forum Unter den Linden in Berlin.
I was very eager to go because I knew that the installation ‘Particles‘ by Daito Manabe & Motoi Ishibashi would be there. ‘Particles’ is an illumination installation of seemingly floating lights. It’s actually a quite complex installation. Just watch the video and you’ll understand why I wanted to see it.
Unfortunately, it didn’t really work at the exhibition. I can imagine that this isn’t the easiest installation to build up.
Anyhow, there’re 11 other installations and 6 video artworks at the exhibition which make it definitely worth it. You can go and see it till September 16th and it’s free!

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About two weeks ago we published Berlin based fashion photographer Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo's first story for Ben Trovato. Today we're unveiling Lukasz' second story for us, and this time the story is put to Hamburg and its famous red light district Reeperbahn. "We just want to do some colorful funny story of a girl around this hood. She is the girl to watch," Lukasz tells us, adding "She's a new eye-catcher with more importance than the lights, sex shops and dollhouses around her."

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In Prenzlauer Berg eskaliert der Streit um die Öffnungszeiten der Spätverkaufsläden: Ein 58-jähriger Bauarbeiter hat nach eigenen Angaben 48 Geschäfte ausfindig gemacht, die sonntags bis in die Nacht ihre Lebensmittel, Alkoholika und Zigaretten, Zeitschriften und Haushaltswaren verkaufen. Die Adressenliste ging dem Ordnungsamt und dem Gewerbeaußendienst beim Landeskriminalamt (LKA) zu. Der Bauarbeiter betont, ihm gehe es um „Gerechtigkeit“. Die Verstöße habe er bei Fahrradtouren notiert. Der Laden „Kollwitz 66“ in der Kollwitzstraße startete eine Gegenkampagne: „Wir bedauern, dass die bisherige liberale Praxis gegenüber ,Spätis‘ in Berlin dank einer Einzelperson offenbar beendet werden soll“, stand auf einem Aushang im Schaufenster. Dieser enthielt auch den Namen des Beschwerdeführers samt Telefonnummer, obwohl diese nicht im Telefonbuch steht. Ein Foto des Aushangs gelangte ins Online-Netzwerk Facebook. Seitdem „klingelt die ganze Nacht das Telefon“, beklagt G., der die Polizei alarmierte. Das Protestschreiben wurde aus dem Schaufenster entfernt, kursiert aber noch immer im Internet.

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