pop ambient 2019

Kompakt’s next Pop Ambient compilation, curated by Wolfgang Voigt, comes out on November 30th, 2018. My friend Yui Onodera, who’s working on the soundtrack of the cage I’m currently producing, has also contributed a track.

Here’s Voigt’s statement: “When a record label thrives after 25 years thanks to a focus of what was expected to be a short-lived music phenomenon called techno, then it stands to prove two things; that techno has taken its place amongst ‘serious’ genres. KOMPAKT has never been only for techno, but stands as a broad-minded entity that has set out to cross-pollinatewithin the realm of electronic music. Through its course, KOMPAKT has sent all kinds of sub-genres, and crossover adventures based on the non-negotiable 4/4 beat around the world. The 100% kick drum-free Pop Ambient series is the most endearing and enduring concept that I have had the pleasure to curate. I felt there was a strong need to add a certain elegance — ensouled by discourse as much as hedonism — to a sound that was recognized as ‘chill out’ music that could be heard in back rooms and forgotten festival areas. Over the years, I like to imagine that Pop Ambient has crystallized into musical universe of its own. I put together this year’s edition by plowing through an ocean of sonic jewelry from all over the world. For this special edition, I create a homogenous experience that would both appeal to our followers and continue our tradition while integrating new micro-facets from neighboring musical universes as much as possible. The headline ‘Ambient’ might sound a little too humble but it still helps as a necessary means of orientation in the best possible sense. Same goes for another dear tradition: Veronika Unland’s abstract-floral cover design that keeps on pleasing our sore eyes year after year. Although every Pop Ambient edition doesn’t shy away from diving into the relevant question of ‘What is contemporary discourse music’, in the end it boils down to that elevated moment where all theory dissolves into ambient air, into a higher state of cosmic bliss. Pop Ambient is sacral music for non-believers.”

Tracklist
A1 Thore Pfeiffer – Alles Wird
A2 Coupler – A Plain Of
A3 The Black Frame – The Uncertainty Principle
B1 Kenneth James Gibson – Gone Too Soon
B2 Morgen Wurde – Schien Immer feat. Maria Estrella
C1 Gregor Schwellenbach – Rot 2
C2 Last Train To Brooklyn – Bluebird
C3 Max Würden feat. Luis Reichard – Zweitens
C4 Thomas Fehlmann – Karenina
D1 Leandro Fresco – Araña De Vidrio
D2 Yui Onodera – Cromo 3
D3 Triola – Adren
D4 Max Würden – Core

political-communication

 

Place: International University Centre (IUC), Dubrovnik, Croatia

Address: Don Frana Bulicá 4 HR – 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dates: May 29th –31th, 2019

Theme: The conference committee invites contributions, which analyse and discuss political communication based on Niklas Luhmann’s perspective on systems theory. The overall theme of the conference is to promote a better understanding of how political communication codes various areas of contemporary society.

We welcome contributions from scholars who practice and study political communication at all levels of society. The conference is relevant for theoretical and empirical studies in politics, aesthetics, sociology, theology, history, economics, health, psychology, ecology and organization. Contributions are not limited to studies focusing solely on political systems, but may also include politically coded communication in other areas of society. Analytically, systems theory is empirically open. As it turns out, new semantics, different codes, and changing forms transform and develop structures at varying and opposed levels. As such, contributions could, for example, focus on how the media of power is formed; how the code government/opposition informs communication; how double contingency is handled within politically coded communication; which paradoxes emerge in conjunction with political coding and how they unfold. The conference aims to gather scholars working with theoretical and methodological clarifications, as well as empirical studies. Furthermore, contributions are welcome that compare or combine system analysis with other forms of analysis or aim at developing systems theory by including thoughts from other traditions (e.g. Foucault, Bourdieu, Deleuze, analysis of discourse, ANT, STS).

Abstracts of no more than 400 – 800 words should be send to the conference organisers by March 1, 2019 – full papers should be circulated prior to the conference.

Course directors:

Klaus Laursen, Aarhus University, Denmark klausb.laursen@mgmt.au.dk

Steffen Roth, La Rochelle Business School/Yerevan State University, France strot@me.com

Markus Heidingsfelder, Habib University, Pakistan heidingsfelder@googlemail.com

Gorm Harste, Aarhus University, Denmark

Gina Atzeni, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany

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Z: Congratulations to your latest publication on Trump in the Journal of European Studies.

M: Thank you.

Z:  Tell us about your paper! What was your motivation to do research on Donald Trump?

M: Well, you can’t escape him, can you? So far, the mass media controls the Trump discourse, and they do it by using moralistic distinctions, by demonizing him, and placing themselves on the other side as the ‘good guys’, using this whole idea of the press as the fourth estate. I think it’s amazing that the Washington Post changed their slogan to ‘Democracy dies in darkness’ – this is clearly a Trump effect. But what they are actually saying is of course: We won’t let that happen, we’re here to shine a light, to ‘enlighten’ the world.

Z: But wait – so you agree to his thesis that they are organizing a ‘witch hunt’ against him?

M: (laughs) No, of course not. It’s not that simple. But he kind of has a point here. It’s a hunt for information and from the perspective of communication theory, information is anything that surprises you. Anything new. And he gives them that – another breaking of norms, another attack on a political opponents or on the press, another funny or mysterious tweet, more embarrassing behaviour – they’re complicit in this – also in making Trump bigger than he actually is. Especially as one of their main selection mechanisms is conflict, and as you know, Trump is a master of conflict ceremony. It is his favourite communication strategy for a number of reasons. But I think the biggest problem is the mass media’s interest in persons, in heroes and in villains. They overestimate the importance of individual actions. So that’s the deficit I tried to compensate – to point out the structures that are at the heart of all those conflicts. And by doing that, live up to our social responsibility as scientists.

Z: Which is?

M: I would say to ‘tell the truth’. Sounds pathetic, doesn’t it?

Z: Indeed!

M: Well, you have to take it with a grain of salt – it is not ‘the’ truth of course. But that’s our social monopoly – we have the license to distinguish between fake and real, between what is true and what isn’t. Which is why I find it amazing that the mass media try to claim this as their main function these days. And why do they do that? Because Trump says they’re spreading fake news. So again, they are just reacting to him, they’re playing his game. He calls them the enemy of the people, and what do they do? They create this strange kind of ‘functional movement’, led by the Boston Globe, appealing to the people: ‘Please listen to us, we are not your enemy!’

Z: I heard you already have a contract for a book on Trump. Is that fake news? And if it’s not, how does that relate to your article, will it be a part of it?

M: No, that’s actually true. The book looks systematically at Trump, relating the phenomenon to the different areas of society, like politics, economy, the law, the mass media, etc. Whereas the article compares Trump to the AfD (Alternative for Germany) –

Z: Which is this new German party.

M: Right. Dr. Tasneem, who is one of the editors of the Journal of European Studies asked me to contribute something to their latest issue of radicalization, so I kind of extended my Trump research and looked at this German equivalent. I consider both as a part of a bigger trend I call the crisis of politics.

Z: In one sentence, how do you define that crisis?

M: In one sentence: Politics has lost its claim to make generally valid decisions for the whole of society. Can I have two more please?

Z: Just two!

M: Well, normally the AfD or Trump or the right-wing movement in general are seen as problems. What I do is, I’m inverting this perspective. They are there for some reason, right? So I see them as solutions. They solve something. And my job is to construct this something, this problem.

Z: And this problem is the crisis of politics?

M: Yes, the mistrust on politics, the mistrust in the ‘political class’ if you like, in the political elite. From that perspective, the people didn’t vote so much for Trump or the AfD – they voted against politics, against that class.

Z: And what can we do about the rise of populism and right wing-ideology?

M: Well, I can only answer that as a researcher: we need to carefully observe these things – and offer our observations to society. I disagree with Marx, in that it’s not enough to simply describe things, that it is our job to change them. And even the Marxists don’t agree with me here, at least someone like Manuel Castells does.

Z: What is Castells saying?

M: Basically that trying to frame political practice with social theory is a dead end. That our task is to free people from uncritical adherence to ideology, that we should not tell them what to do, but offer them different interpretations of what is going on. That’s what I try to do with my Trump research – offer a different interpretation of the phenomenon.

Z: Thank you very much for this interview. And please keep us posted about your Trump research.

M: I will.

Z: One last question – do you think he will be impeached?

M: Absolutely no idea. So far it doesn’t look like it. But I’m not a prophet. The future is uncertain, that is its exact definition.

Link: https://habib.edu.pk/HU-news/donald-trump-and-alternative-fur-deutshland-afd-the-crisis-of-politics-dr-markus-heidingsfelders-paper-published-by-the-journal-of-european-studies/

Images: SPIEGEL-Cover by Edel Rodriguez

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“Stories for a more-than-human world” is a group exhibition with a series of talks and tours. The invited positions for the exhibition range from sculptures, drawings and video, to installations with electronics or living bio-matter. The main selection criteria was that the works emphasize a non-anthropocentric viewpoint and critically or playfully investigate understandings of being human, being machine, being hybrid in a present where the impact of technology – be it on the environment or on our own bodies – is ubiquitous.
The theme of the event is a reaction to recent discussions between humanities and natural sciences about new approaches to thinking about, looking at, working with, and being inside nature. It draws references from fields of posthuman theory, new materialism, cybernetics and science and technology studies.

Artists & speakers:
Christian Faubel & Wolfgang Spahn, Benjamin Grosser, Désirée Förster, ℌEXOℜℭℑSMOS, Bianca Kennedy & Felix Kraus, reiner maria matysik, Margherita Pevere, Alexandra R. Toland.

Opening 5. July 19:00
Talks 6. July 17:00+, Film-Screening 20:15

Museum Kesselhaus Herzberge*
*Herzbergstr. 79, Haus 29

More info here: www.morethanhuman.info

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Guided Tour by Dr. Markus Heidingsfelder, Assistant Professor, Communication and Design at Habib University, through the German part of Outsiders: Geniale Dilletanten.

The guided tour takes place on Friday 23rd of April, from 3pm-4pm. The exhibition is open from 11am to 5 pm (except for Sundays) until 30th of April.
 
The Goethe-Institut Pakistan, in collaboration with Amin Gulgee Gallery is thrilled to present Outsiders, a curated event series that showcases the intense flurry of cultural activity that was the ‘Brilliant Dilletantes’ (or Geniale Dilletanten) subculture in 1980s Berlin and across Germany, curated by Mathilde Weh and Leonhard Emmerling.
 
It is an international touring exhibition which is accompanied by live performances, film screenings and panel discussions in featuring revered artists and experimental musicians. Since the early 1980s particularly Berlin has been a magnet and inspiration for international artists such as Nick Cave, The Necks, David Bowie, and Brian Eno.
 
Geniale Dilletanten was the term used to announce a concert held in Berlin’s Tempodrom in 1981. The deliberately misspelled title has become synonymous with an era of artistic upheaval in Germany that brought the country’s edgy artistic scene international recognition. Exploding from its roots in German art schools, punk rock and Dada, the movement represented a radical departure from the mainstream, marked by cross-genre experimentation, the use of new electronic equipment, and adopting German rather than English as language. It portrays seven key experimental bands – Einstürzende Neubauten, Die Tödliche Doris, Der Plan, Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle (F.S.K.), Palais Schaumburg, Ornament und Verbrechen, and Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (D.A.F.) – as well as visual artists, filmmakers and designers from West and East Germany. The exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of the 1980s German subculture to date, incorporating a rich array of video and photographic material, interview films, audio samples, magazines, posters and other artefacts capturing the bold and daring scene, exploring the simultaneous rapid and rebellious developments in art, film, fashion and design.
 
The Pakistani counterpart is curated by Amin Gulgee, Zarmeene Shah and Zeerak Ahmed. Posed as a response to the German exhibition, the Pakistani segment explores notions of sub/counter-culture in the country, investigating myriad forms of this from the 1970s to present day. By no means a definitive survey, the exhibition in fact attempts to prompt a series of questions that investigate the idea of counter culture in the Pakistani.
 
What can you expect (take your time to explore the exhibition):
 
Photos, posters, vinyl covers, texts and songs from the early 80s.
A wealth of audiovisual content including audio tracks on iPads by all the seven featured bands.
Films about these bands:
•           Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft/ D.A.F. (20:24)
•           Ornament und Verbrechen (06:41)
•           Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle/ F.S.K. (24:16)
•           Der Plan (22:00)
•           Palais Schaumburg (14:58)
A film about subcultures in the GDR (German Democratic Republic): Memories of a Happening/ Spuren des Performativen – Intermedia I in Coswig 1985. A film by Thomas Claus (45:00)
Interviewfilm 1 and 2 (23:23/48:56) with eyewitnesses and musicians from the time
A selection of experimental art films, curated by Florian Wüst (60:00)
A film on fashion and art (55:26)
 
For registration please contact Zoya Ahmed: Zoya.Ahmed@goethe.de
 
Address:
Amin Gulgee Gallery, ST-2A, Clifton Block 3, Karachi (next to South City Hospital)
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CALL FOR IDEAS:

Forum on European Culture invites you to contribute to:

Eurolab – New ideas to communicate the EU

In the run-up to the European elections in May 2019 artists, writers and creatives who feel passionate about the European project come together during the Forum on European Culture in Amsterdam from May 31- June 3. During the 4-day Eurolab, they examine what has gone wrong in the communication of, and about the EU and how to make a new and powerful beginning.

In an increasingly interconnected world voices that create division between people and peoples, have gathered momentum and try to unravel the achievements of cooperation and solidarity. Europeans in particular are challenged by nationalist and divisive language from outside and from within the EU.

Eurolab is a fact-finding mission of what went well and what went wrong in the last 25 years of communicating Europe. In workshops and interview sessions we aim to compile a comprehensive toolbox of arguments, strategies, and ideas that can be applied to campaigns across different demographics and used by different professional groups (e.g. ‘Teachers for Europe’ ‘Scientists for Europe’ ‘Farmers for Europe’). Eurolab wants to collect ideas about how cooperation and solidarity can be spoken for in a fresh and compelling way to large audiences. How can the European Union be valued by its citizens and be recognized as a force for good, rather than as a faceless bureaucracy?

We understand that the EU is not perfect and that some of its problems are of its own making. However we are convinced that today’s Europe is the best there ever was, and that the European Project should be protected in these unstable times.

The brief for this open-call is to send us proposals for communicating the advantages of cooperation and friendship amongst people and nations. Please send drafts, designs, photos, poems, words and short film scripts that can be developed and contribute to a clear yet multi-faceted campaign. Across all media. We need messages, how the Union works and how life would be without it; – how it was without it. And we need ideas how to challenge the organisation itself, how to make it better. Alert us of the failings of the EU. Alert us of the successes of the EU. Also welcome are ideas that are not focused on the EU itself, but on its values, and how they play out amongst people in everyday life in non-political ways.

Each entry will be considered by a panel chaired by Rem Koolhaas and Wolfgang Tillmans, and will contribute to the pool of ideas to re-brand Europe. Eurolab operates on an open source model and we are not looking for one ‘winning’ idea. We don’t want to ‘sell’ anything. We believe the idea of the EU is good, and want to present it clear and open. Eurolab aims at building a network across the EU member nations from South to North, from East to West. We will stay in touch with you should your ideas be taken further.

We look forward to inviting a selected number of contributors to Amsterdam in June to investigate Europe’s potential and to find new language and visuals for it. The ambition of the workshop in Amsterdam is to further develop the proposals together with communication and media experts, and turn them into a real and effective campaign.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions in our mailbox info@cultureforum.eu as soon as possible and no later than April 18. Please send files as PDF, maximum 15mB, with files named as ‘Surname_Name_Eurolab2018’. For more information on the Forum on European Culture, click here.

Eurolab respects the intellectual property rights on the contents of the submissions of the participants. You will retain the rights to it, however you agree that they will become part of larger body of work and broader community and not exclusively yours. At any stage you will be given opportunity to ensure you are correctly represented in the larger framework of the project.

About the Forum on European Culture:
After a successful edition in 2016, De Balie and DutchCulture organize the second edition of the Forum on European Culture from May 31st until the 3rd of June 2018. During this 4-day festival, leading international artists and philosophers will come together at various locations in Amsterdam to share their ideas about the future of Europe. The second edition of the Forum is titled ‘Act for Democracy!’ More info on www.cultureforum.eu. Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook

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Gilles Deleuze hatte mit seiner Metapher des Rhizoms nicht zuletzt eine Alternative zu den alten, in Schulen organisierten gesellschaftlichen Strukturen aufgezeigt, in deren Mittelpunkt das Subjekt des Autors stand, von dem – als einer Art ‚Zentralsonne’ – alles seinen Ausgang nahm, und zu dem alle Wege hinführten – „jede hat ihren Papst, ihre Manifeste, ihre Repräsentanten … ihre Tribunale und Exkommunikationen“. Seine Vorstellung eines ‚Dramas sich überkreuzender Linien‘, der kollektiven Äußerungsverkettung, die an deren Stelle treten sollte, hatten sich die enthusiastischen Netzdenker für ihre Zwecke zu eigen gemacht, die im Internet jene Infrastruktur erblickten, die diese schöpferischen Funktionen gleichsam würde freisetzen können – denn was anderes als eine gigantische, weltumspannende Struktur von ‚Treff-Punkten‘ stellt es dar? In diesem Sinne sollte es zu einem Instrument der Befreiung werden.

Für Deleuze war nicht so sehr die ‚Sterilisierung‘ der Adepten und Schüler das Problem, sondern die Engstirnigkeit, die das, was anderswo geschah – außerhalb der Schulen – zu ‚ersticken‘ suchte. Doch was die Adepten von Deleuze übersahen, ihn gleichsam selbst sterilisierend, war sein Hinweis auf das Marketing, das seiner Ansicht nach als „düstere Organisation“ an die Stelle der Schulen trat und zuletzt eine Rekonstituierung der Autorfunktion ermöglichte. Seine Forderung: die „von jener immer wieder neu sich formierenden Autorfunktion befreiten produktiven, schöpferischen Funktionen wieder zu erfinden und zu entwickeln“.

Aus dieser Perspektive erscheint die Forderung Geert Lovinks, der das Internet reparieren möchte, weil es ‚kaputt’ sei – sprich: den ihm zugemuteten Idealen der Befreiung und Gleichberechtigung nicht nachkommt – als ein solcher Versuch der Planierung. Lovink gehört – genau wie Nicholas Carr – zu einer Schule der Kritik, deren Repräsentant er ist. Würde er versuchen, seinen eigenen Forderungen gerecht zu werden, müßte er auf seine Tätigkeit als Buchautor verzichten und Teil einer jener Produktionsgruppen werden, die Verbindungen zwischen schöpferischen Funktionen durchsetzt und lebendige Interaktion herstellt, „gebrochene Linien zieht“, anstatt einen Ausgangspunkt zu konstituieren (das  Postulat des ‚guten‘ Netzes als Instrument zur Konstruktion einer positiv konnotierten Weltgesellschaft), von dem alle seine Aussagen abhängen. Gegen dieses Netzideal schneidet die Netzwirklichkeit natürlich nicht besonders gut ab. Und genau darum geht es, denn erst das Ideal, nicht die Wirklichkeit, ermöglicht seine Kritik. Es bildet den blinden Fleck eines Denkens, das Kommunikation mit Technologie identifiziert (‘verwechselt’), und die von ihm beobachteten Defekte des Internet – und damit der Gesellschaft – für behebbar hält. Der Gedanke, dass die Kritik ‚kaputt’ sein könnte, kommt ihm nicht.

Lovink sieht, was wir angeblich nicht sehen: dass die IT-Unternehmen uns mit dem Begriff der ‚Plattform’ ein X für ein U vormachen, mit diesem neutralen Begriff ihre Profitinteressen tarnen, und zudem die „Kollision von Privatsphäre und Überwachungsaktivitäten, Gemeinschafts- und Werbeinvestitionen“ ermöglichen. Er ist, wie es die Rolle des Kritikers vorsieht, ein kompetenter Beobachter. Genau wie Carr und Lanier versucht er sich als Ratgeber, schließlich weiß er es besser, formuliert also Handlungsansätze für den einzelnen User und fordert von der Wissenschaft – ganz so, als ließe diese sich addressieren – das Beobachten aufzugeben und zur Tat zu schreiten, die da lautet: helfen, den Computer als „Instrument der menschlichen Befreiung“ wiederzuentdecken. Mit einem Wort, sein Buch kreiert eine contradictio in adiecto: gutmeinende Forschung.

Illustration: Florian Meisenberg 2017, Screenshot from OF DEFECTIVE GODS & LUCID DREAMS (THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATION), Courtesy Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Oslo, ICA, Philadelphia and Florian Meisenberg