– symbiotic perspectives in sound, art and nature
FIREFLY asks how musical projects can face nature from a current perspective. With sound installations, concerts of experimental, electronic music and a garden radio, the artists explore the extraordinary rainwater retention basin of the former Tempelhof airfield at Floating
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13 – 19h
Felicity Mangan: Amphi’theater
Ana Maria Rodriguez: Only for one day
Stefanie Loveday: Landfall, Collapse (video installation)
17 – 21h
Datscha Radio: Fluctuations
19:30h JD Zazie:
Goldilocks Zone (turntable, CD)
20:30h Pascal Arnold, Christoph Brünggel & Benny Jaberg:
Still und Dunkel
Felicity Mangan: Amphi’theater (sound installation)
Felicity Mangan is an Australian artist and composer based in Berlin, Germany since 2008. In different situations such as solo performance, collaborative projects with other musicians or installation, Felicity plays her found native Australian wildlife archive and other field recordings, either through a stereophonic system or often via hand-made speakers made with piezo transducers and found objects – exploring the timbre and forms of found and self-recorded animal voices while mimicking biophonic patterns to create minimal quasi-bioacoustic environments. Felicity has recently played in collaborative projects Native Instrument (Shelter Press, Entr’acte) presenting electro-acoustic bug beats with vocalist Stine Janvin Joh and Plants and Animalia with Christina Ehrl Shirley – grafting live and pre-recorded drones produced by remnants of plant biochemistry together with modified animal voices. Felicity has also released a solo publication on Longform Editions titled Stereo’frog’ic, a play on the word stereophonic – presenting a sound piece, crafted from found recordings of frogs, insects and other ‘vocal’ animals wavering about in a stereo field. Felicity has presented projects in many different settings from galleries, gardens, clubs and festivals throughout Europe. Including National Gallery Denmark, Technosphärenklänge CTM/HKW and Sonic Act Academy 2020.
Ana Maria Rodriguez: Only for one day (sound installation, new work)
Ana Maria Rodriguez is a composer that links the spontaneity of improvisation with fully composed scores. She studied composition, piano, history, and philosophy in Buenos Aires. She moved to Barcelona to study electronic music and algorithmic composition at Phonos Studios. In 1993 the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Germany) invited her to develop several audio projects for its Artificial Intelligence faculty. Since this time Rodriguez has composed many pieces, concert installations, mixed media, or music theater works for a wide range of instruments using live-electronics and computer technology. In 2005 she founded the women-only ensemble Les Femmes Savantes in which Ana Maria performs as an object-, keyboard, and laptop player. She collaborated with many artists from different genres like Melita Dahl, Andreas Köpnick, Joanna Rajkowska (video), and the poet Ron Winkler. Since 2015 she has been developping a music theatre installation called ‘The Stereoscope City’ in close cooperation with the Belgian director Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski and the American stage designer Fred Pommerehn. Ana Maria Rodiguez’s works have been performed at major festivals throughout Europe and abroad including: Berlin in Lights (Carnegie Hall NYC), Brückenmusik Köln, Chiffren‑Biennale Kiel, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Foro International de Música Nueva Mexico City, Forum Neuer Musik (DLF Köln), and Heroines of Sound Festival Berlin. Ana Maria Rodriguez lives and works in Berlin.
Stefanie Loveday: Landfall, Collapse (video installation)
Stefanie Loveday is a Swiss-Canadian visual and media artist working in Berlin, Germany. Her works use abstraction and fragmentation as tools to reimagine landscapes. Exploring conjunctions between simulated and real environments, she combines fictional geological artifacts with natural and constructed terrains. These new territories question our perception of them and point at sociological, environmental and political conflicts, such as in her recent work »Landfall, Collapse«, which was shot in an open pit coal mine in the Ruhr area of Germany. Stefanie Loveday obtained her Bachelor of Media Art from Emily Carr University and her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, USA in 2011. She received several awards (The Leon and Thea Koerner Award in Fine and Performing Arts and the Helen Pitt Award) and artist residencies (Goethe Institut Macedonia, Programa Red de Residencies Artísticas LOCAL Colombia and Xenoform Labs San Francisco, USA).
Datscha Radio: Fluctuations (radio programme)
The radio artists Gabi Schaffner, Helen Thein, Kate Donovan and Niki Matita investigate the Firefly festival and the unusual biotopes of the Floating University in radiophonic expeditions. Through interventions on-site and in conversation with the artists, Datscha Radio explores the ways of life and survival strategies of nature in a world shaped by humans. At times an idyllic lake, a dried up wasteland, a swampland the size of a football field - the water retention basin of Tempelhofer Feld fluctuates between effective area and dreamscape, biomass and place of retreat. The programme can be heard from 5 – 9 pm, at on-site listening stations or on the internet.
JD ZAZIE: Goldilocks Zone (live concert, new work)
Valeria Merlini aka JD ZAZIE is a sound artist, experimental turntablist, and DJ, living between Berlin and Bolzano. Coming from a DJ and a radiophonic background, JD Zazie has explored over the years different approaches to real-time manipulation of fixed recorded sound. In her work she redefines DJ and electroacoustic activities. As a solo performer, in small groups, or large ensembles, she moves in an area which is constantly stretching the borders of what is supposed to be DJ mixing, free improvisation, or composed music.
Intended as music instruments turntables, CDJs, and mixer are her tools for mixing the specific sound-sources she plays (mostly electronic music, electroacoustic music, musique concrète, field recordings, and improvised music).
The typology of the sound sources varies from already existing audio publications and sound effects to self-recorded audio files (as live-set and field recordings) to selected pre-mixed material. Juxtaposition, decontextualization, fragmentation, repetition, sonic texture, scratch, and error are elements of the grammar adopted to relate, organize, and rearrange the sound material. In her sound installations she explores everyday life, refers to urbanism, and relates to sound atmospheres. She is the art director of »MuseRuole – women in experimental music« festival and member of the Burp Enterprise collective. She also broadcasts monthly on Cola Bora Dio and on Reboot.fm. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and events including Simultan festival (RU) and Berlin Atonal (DE).
Benny Jaberg, Christoph Brünggel & Pascal Arnold: Still und Dunkel
(audiovisual live concert)
Benny Jaberg, Christoph Brünggel and Pascal Arnold explore the aura of empty factories, orphaned hospitals or abandoned civil protection cellars in their audiovisual live concert »Still und Dunkel« (Silent and Dark). Threatened by their superfluity for society, such places have a specific transformative quality. Conceived in a precarious, continuous state of change, they are doomed to die, but they remain in a fleeting stagnation for some time. They examine the abandoned buildings and their phenomenological appearance on their potential to save time. It is their suggestive calm that radiates upon them, causing them to pause to trace the present, to remember the past, or to imagine it, and to paint a future. Before each performance, the trio explores and documents a human-made place that has been untouched for some time, creating a distinctive, ever-expanding audiovisual archive of deserted buildings that has been sprawling over the years. After working on-site, acoustic field recordings are incorporated into electronic music specially composed for the project, and newly filmed material is combined with material from the archive. During each live performance, they create a unique, expansive, unstable and dark room from recordings of various provenance and different buildings.
Having being closed off to the public for over 60 years, a diverse range of animals, plants and algae have taken root and given birth to a unique landscape of the rainwater retention basin near Tempelhof airport: a man-made environment reclaimed by nature, forming a natureculture or a third landscape.
Discover the terrain and bring your rubber boots or borrow some on site!
Lilienthalstr. 32, 10965 Berlin
U7 Südstern (+ 5 min walk)