Love Cult & Alina Filippova "Nada" / Buttechno

Part of CTM 2016


Northwest Russia’s goth-jungle, gloom-worshipping duo Love Cult and the like-minded filmmaker Alina Filippova premiere a new audiovisual concert project. Love Cult, who make murky, esoteric music as an outlet “for worries and fears”, are tastemakers in a flourishing Russian music underground. “Nada” utilizes a kind of “instant filmmaking”; Filippova edits b-rolls live and compiles ad-lib sequences of images from her footage archive as the musicians play a combination of improvised soundscapes and pre-composed material in parallel. Most of the images were shot in Filippova’s own small, sleepy hometown of Lebedyan and explore themes of ennui and intergenerational tension.

Boredom, frustration, anger and latent aggression are also themes in the evening’s second audiovisual performance. With abstract sounds and very straightforward images of his own home surroundings, fellow Russian and CTM Siberia artist Buttechno offers another incisive look onto current moods and worlds of Russian youth. Announced earlier this week, Love Cult also appear for a more beat-oriented DJ se tat the CTM x Red Bull Music Academy Afterparty at Watergate, while Buttechno also plays a b2b DJ-set with Low808 at Panorama Bar (see below).

CTM Festival returns to HAU Hebbel am Ufer from 30 January to 7 February. The 17th edition’s music programme is elaborated through intensive collaboration with guest co-curator Rabih Beaini, while the exhibition and discourse programme is created in close collaboration with Swiss-based Norient. Special projects and commissions, as well as artists and sound cultures emanating from less familiar countries and localities and often operating on the fringes of the electronic circuit are featured in greater numbers than ever before. Under the shadow of a global conflict centered on increasingly radical disputes over drawing or dissolving borders, the festival’s “New Geographies” theme aims to explore music and sound practices that respond to these developments, and to provide the conceptual tools needed to approach the complexities of a polycentric, polychromatic, and increasingly hybrid (music) world with greater openness.

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CTM 2016 is funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, the Musicboard Berlin and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. In collaboration with transmediale, Kulturprojekte Berlin, SHAPE and SoCCoS.


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    Mon 1.2.2016, 20:30 / HAU2


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