Traces AIR Antwerpen

The Living Room: Encore (SCJF)

8, 15, 22, 29 August 2018, 17 - 21 h

Speed Core Jour Fixes (SCJF)

Wednesday evenings in The Living Room
presenting IS IT DARK?

Represented by Merle Vorwald (DE) and Tea Palmelund (DE), ENCORE takes part in a 3-months residency at AIR Antwerpen dedicated to IS IT DARK?

In August ENCORE will present parts of their work and process in 4 performative Speed Core Jour Fixes (SCJF) in The Living Room at AIR Antwerpen.

All works will come together in an exposition at Het Bos
September 27th – 30th.

IS IT DARK? is investigating strategies to deal with personal experiences of fear through the sonic. In this case, the sonic in speedcore music, an extreme form of hardcore electronic music that developed in the 1990’s at the fringes of youth culture in Europe. LizaNEliaz was a transgender speedcore dj and producer based in Antwerp. Through their person, aspects of sonic extremism and identity politics in rave culture will be investigated. By revisiting the past- a geographical, emotional and historical- and bringing it into the present, the group seeks to initiate a dialogue between past and future.
The research material will be collected in an archival architecture (ENCORE Explorer – EE) on physical and digital site. ENCORE + the collective SEXES will produce works based on the EE archive. This will include a cyber experience of medical vegetation, a hyperventilating video sculpture, an algorithmic play, an offsite performance and a virtual/material screen installation.

Further ENCORE is invited by Waldburger Wouters to present DARKITIS?, a collateral event during Brussels Gallery Weekend as element of current stages of works of ENCORE and SEXES.

ENCORE produces works with interdisciplinary efforts around topics of hardcore electronic music. Initiated by the artist Henrike Naumann, ENCORE already produced works investigating Gabber, Rotterdam and early roots of NDW (neue Deutsche Welle). This time, the ENCORE members Henrike Naumann, Tea Palmelund and Merle Vorwald initiated the project IS IT DARK? based on LizaNEliaz.

SEXES seeks to map the relations between identity and power.
Culture is the medium in which humankind communicates with itself. SEXES provides a platform for radical contributions to this discourse. It is run by a collective residing in the interweb.

Ekaterina Burlyga (DE)
Johannes Büttner (DE)
Bastian Hagedorn (DE)
Bianca Ludewig (DE/AUT)
Henrike Naumann (DE)
Tea Palmelund (DK)
Merle Vorwald (DE)

Marco Buetikofer (CH)
Lotte Meret Effinger (DE)
Florian Meyer (DE)