Transartfest Highlights

Transartfest Highlights

Location: Supermarkt Creative Resource Centre, Brunnenstrasse 64,  Berlin
Events are free and open to the public.

TRANS – WHAT?
SYMPOSIUM 

Full Program  

12.00 – 20.00, Sunday 28 July 2013
Francisco Javier Fernández Gallardo – Talking Dirty Workshop and Cocktail-book
My research project, building on the cultural and political analysis of wine, has been developing an alternative source of information about wine as a platform for experimentation. Tentatively entitled “Talking Dirty: tasting soil, ecosystems, diverse network of organisms (including humans) and politics through mixologies”, it builds descriptions of taste in a participatory manner and accounting for diverse species involved in this; a platform that can make meaningful soil conditions, air quality and species interactions. I am working in platforms that can change the politics of taste production, transparency, and accountability. Furthermore one that can extrapolate data readily available from the larger environment to personal and individual experience that wine provides. These taste-related evidences, produced and distributed by collective sense-making processes, aims to allow citizens to enter into environmental and political engagements and requires a discussion about what environment exactly means in institutional agency. This platform is intended to recognize that humans and non-humans are solving the same problems: we learn from each other and have similar conceptual resources. Drawn on DIY-DIWO and instructables culture, I am proposing to develop a “trans-species” tasting event and a small Cocktail-book for the former call I am redefining as “trans-species taste”. Both will constitute an alternative source of information that engages taste as a platform for environmental experimentation. I will hold a workshop, tentatively titled the Talking Dirty Workshop and Cocktail-book. There, I will develop (and document alongside participants) soft-drinks, cocktails, infusions and other delicious recipes that promote environmental health on humans and non-humans. One example for this cocktails is the: Soil Cola, which is based on prior Open Source Cola experiments—in which consumer chooses sugar derived sources, content of CO2, water dwelling sources, cola flavored extracts, etc. Soil-Cola will be brewed with the Rough variant NCTC 11659 strain of Mycobacterium Vaccae vastly present in healthy soils of parks and backyards. This strain is well studied for its interaction with serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine receptors in humans and mice. Dr Chris Lowry from Bristol University has documented that ingestion of this bacteria alive or heat-killed reinforces brain learning processes and relieves anxiety, constituting a keystone organism for cross-species interaction with Soil: one of the slowest renewable resources humans share.

PERFECT HOTEL
ENSEMBLE XENON CONCERT

Full Program

Margarete Huber
Perfect Hotel  (2013)
for ensemble and participating audience

Ensemble Xenon
Free Improvisation

Markus Wettstein
MA KE FOGU HA MI SURI  (2005)
for children’s instruments and four performersMusicians/Composers:

Margarete Huber – soprano
Kathrin von Kieseritzky – saxophone, children’s instruments
Matthias Müller – trombone
Markus Wettstein – metal objects and melodica, children’s instruments
Henriette Scheytt – violin
Mike Flemming – viola, children’s instruments
Christopher Williams – double bass
Michael Turnbull – children’s instruments

Ensemble Xenon, formed in Berlin in 2009, is a composer-performer ensemble straddling the fence between free and noted music. Central to their work are the compositions and concepts of the members of the ensemble as well as free improvisation, sometimes including other genres like dance, installation or video. The ensemble also performs a repertoire of new music of composers that relates to the its working style.