⧉ aƒ22 ⧉ is structured around a live performance by Powell, Michael Amstad and Marte Eknæs that took place in London and Berlin in the summer of 2020. it represents the culmination of various ↯ virtual entanglement ↯ sessions conducted prior to, and during, lockdown in which music and film would be streamed back and forth and collected live as a single finished product or performance. the film below is an audiovisual document of the final session, held at 180 Strand, London, as part of FACT's live series in the summer of 2020. Amstad/Eknæs were in Berlin in a black paddling pool of water and dry ice ⬄ Powell was in London with FACT, a PA and two projectors.
↑ images by amstad/eknæs from performance in Berlin
op ➜ 'the cat. number is aƒ22 and the name of the folder is virtual entanglement. even before lockdown we had been working on remote performance ideas and recording quite a few extended sessions [see below] in which we’d both just feel out how this arrangement of streaming back and forth to one another could work. we started to collect these visual recordings. when we were then invited to perform by FACT, we felt it would be crazy for Micha and Marte to come to London for it, so it became a good opportunity to try and distill some of the things we’d been playing with. there are so many limitations when working like this, but those limitations can sometimes open up new ways of looking/listening that you might not explore when at full tech capacity.'
↓ a virtual entanglement session from april, 2020
new folders ⬂
Powell has been in self-isolation since late 2017. Prior to that, he released a √olley of deviant rhythm music on his own Diagonal Records and, in 2018, collaborated with Wolfgang Tillmans ↰ he used to tour LIVE all over the world, both as solo artist and in collaboration with Tillmans, Russell Haswell [Mute, Warp, Diagonal, Editions Mego] and Lorenzo Senni [Editions Mego, Warp] ⨳ He hopes to tour again soon.
Marte Eknæs [marteeknaes.info] is a Norwegian visual artist. Her practice spans a wide range of expressions including sculpture, digital collage, text and video. She has exhibited widely internationally, completed several large scale public commissions and works in different collaborative constellations. Some of her recent and upcoming exhibitions include Kunsthall Oslo; Between Bridges, London; What Pipeline and Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit; Trondheim Kunstmuseum; and Kunsthall Stavanger. In 2019, she founded the web platform formsofflexibility.space which is a continuously growing cross disciplinary network of contributions. Together with Michael Amstad she has developed a distinct form of moving imagery, which is reflected in several music videos and the video works 5/4 CITY and People Mover, which was screened at UKS, Oslo; Volksbühne, Berlin; Kölnischer Kunstverein; The Kitchen, NYC, Cobo, Detroit, and now has found a liaison in a ƒolder.
Michael Amstad [error.vision] is a Swiss filmmaker, video designer and animator based in Berlin, who operates in different constellations in art, music and film. Through a wide range of collaborations, he in equal measures adapts and shapes visual languages. He has recently and currently worked with Wolfgang Tillmans, Not Waving, Powell, Hito Steyerl, Armin Lorenz Gerold and Mark Soo. As part of Hylas Film, he has for the last 10 years developed and created the stop motion animation series Circus, which might finally be completed in 2022 or 2032. Together with Marte Eknæs he has developed a distinct form of moving imagery, which is reflected in several music videos and the video works 5/4 CITY and People Mover, which was screened at UKS, Oslo; Volksbühne, Berlin; Kölnischer Kunstverein; The Kitchen, NYC, Cobo, Detroit, and now has found a liaison in a ƒolder.
Mathias Gmachl [loop.ph] is a trans-disciplinary artist, researcher and design thinker. He is director of studio Loop.pH founded in 2003 to form an entirely new creative practice that reaches beyond specialist boundaries by facilitating collaborative spaces, mediating between digital and biological media and intervening at an urban scale to re-imagine life in the city. He is also a founding member of farmersmanual, a self-supporting meme since 1996 that is run as a lazily self-organised enterprise by a set of committed individuals. From its original purpose as a brand for doped-out electronic tunes and music, it has evolved into a subsurface auto poetic process with occasional overt activity of unique quality, consistently transmitting fun, pathology and beauty from the bow-wave of mainstream aesthetics.