Sat, Mar 2, 2019
8pm: Plants & Animalia (C.E.S. and Felicity Mangan)
9pm: Pantha du Prince: Conference of Trees
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Sun, Mar 3, 2019
6pm: Additional show with Pantha du Prince
Trees do communicate: Stories told for millennia in countless narratives are now confirmed by scientific research. For the seventh edition of Technosphärenklänge, a series conceived jointly by HKW and CTM Festival, Pantha du Prince translates this cellular “conversation” into an audio-visual composition of avant-garde music and electronic club sounds, visual poetry, and speculative science. The duo Plants & Animalia will open the evening with soundscapes of animal voices and sonic impulses of biochemical processes.
The new project Conference of Trees by Hendrik Weber, better known as Pantha du Prince, has its Berlin premiere at HKW. The musician and producer will be accompanied by a percussion ensemble consisting of Håkon Stene and Bendik Kjeldsberg along with Messer’s drummer Manuel Chittka as well as jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist Friedrich Paravicini. Using projections and costumes, they visualize the human transformation of nature spirits and trees, thus linking scientific findings with myths. On hand-crafted percussion and string instruments made of wood as well as vibraphone and hurdy-gurdy, they make the tonal characteristics of different types of wood audible in an immersive spatial setting. The various instruments enter into a dialog like trees in a forest.
Plants & Animalia transform plant biochemistry into electro-acoustic compositions: Christina Ertl-Shirley alias C.E.S. and Felicity Mangan explore the sound phenomena produced by plants and animals. Using synthesizers and samplers, they combine modified field recordings of animal voices with the sonic impulses of biochemical processes of underwater plants thus creating virtually bio-acoustical environments.
Technosphärenklänge #7 is part of 100 Years of Now and a cooperation with the Berlin CTM Festival. 100 Years of Now is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling by the German Bundestag. Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Federal Foreign Office.