/// Live Performances
We're excited to present these talented artists performing at Signals Festival 2021 - live from the Funkhaus and online. Friday 17:00 - 23:00 and Saturday 17:00 - 02:00.
Festival tickets and programme available here >>> Signals Festival 2021 Tickets
Friday 15th performances
Gina Lo & Felipe Vareschi present 'A Temple in Space'
Solving Mazes (live)
Ytotiany & Shoro (live)
GhostRaum (performative live show)
Sarah Kivi (live)
BORA, ROMEO & HELLION (live)
BoLs/sLoB presents 'THE SLOB SHOW'
Saturday 16th performances
Richard Scott & Eliad Vagner (modular live)
Emme (AV live show)
GhostRaum (performative live show)
Imaginaria + Alessandro Adriani present 'IGNES FATUI'
MISTICA (DJ set)
DJ SAFSUFA (DJ set)
Appleblim (DJ set)
Alys (DJ set)
KOKO FONIC (DJ set)
The uncharted chaos of the mind is the (non)foundation of alys' work. By exploring the common ground between experimental, club and pop music, she crafts a dynamic approach to her music and DJ sets.
Brazil-born, now Berlin based, she has performed in venues such as Tresor (DE), Griessmuehle (DE), Razzmatazz (ES), OHM (DE) as well as in some of the notorious Brazilian parties such as Mamba Negra (BR).
Labels affiliated with: short attention span, DRY
Laurie Osborne aka Appleblim has been releasing records for 16 years on some of underground dance music’s most respected & influential labels, such as Skull Disco, Tempa, Aus Music, R&S Records & now Sneaker Social Club.
His work incorporates elements of dub, bass music, techno, electro, house, garage, breakbeat hardcore, ambient & drone.
BORA, ROMEO & HELLION
BORA is a French-born multidimensional artist whose practice spans animation, performance, music, sculpture and painting. The worlds she creates are an expansion of her inner space – they shape and figure her emotions when words sometimes cannot. Her universe is an immersion into an organic process, where you can hear a human being and its inner bodily and mental ﬂuctuations. Through her audiovisual universe she explores layers of identity, captures ﬂesh, its core and unconscious mechanisms. Her quest is to create and unravel a safe space for digital intimacy. BORA is a ritual, an attempt on existence.
ROMEO & HELLION is a collaborative performance project by Slovak artists Miriama Kardosova and Jan Vincent Durina. After a long-term collaboration, the artists started working as a duo in 2019 and premiered their epic audiovisual piece "Additional Feel" this summer. ROMEO & HELLION serves them as a platform for experimentation, collective exploration, connection and creation. Their surreal audiovisual pieces, performances and happenings combine sound, music, movement, costumes, photography, video and drawing.
BORA, ROMEO & HELLION will perform an immersive live show with costumes.
presents 'THE SLOB SHOW'
Come and join THE SLOB SHOW by BoLs/sLoB. Prepare yourself for a mix of high thrill bangers and atmospheric tracks played, mixed and sung by the Prague’s up and coming artist live! BoLs/sLoB’s use of voice modulation and PC music, glitch, hyper-pop and post club inspired tracks will definitely lift you up and make you wanna rave! The musician played already in clubs around Prague and Czech Republic but now he’s coming to Berlin to destroy and conquer! The expression "Blood, sweat and tears..." is in this case literal because you can bet that BoLs will be moving the crowd left, right and center. So come and see it for yourself, it's gonna be a real SLOB SHOW!
elisanyhm is a DJ and sound artist currently living in Berlin. After completing a Diploma in Electronic Music Production at Catalyst Berlin, she studied Sound Arts at the Bern University of the Arts in Switzerland. elisanyhm’s DJ sets are a blend of different genres such as experimental, electronica and ambient, mostly influenced by artists such as Yves Tumor, Broshuda, aircode, ssaliva and Bendik Giske. Alongside her project called elisanyhm, she is working on techno under the alias Puma. She is also curating techno podcasts under the name Laranja, a project with which she created and co-edited a one-time magazine issue.
elisanyhm presents a hybrid DJ set using Ableton Live to merge her own sounds and samples with existing tracks. Increasing possibilities with musical experimentation, she will create a certain time-space, a mood: to offer tenderness, a refuge, or confrontation.
Emme Moises is a composer and live performer of electronic music, avid reader of science fiction and proud plant-mother. Hailing from Argentina and currently living in Berlin, the musician explores the deep sonic soundscapes of the universe through the use of synthesizers and experimentation.
Emme Moises delights us with a live audiovisual ambient set.
Gina Lo & Felipe Vareschi
present 'A Temple in Space'
A Temple in Space is an electroacoustic improvisation that explores the musical dialogue between the tangible and the invisible, the dynamic of the leading and the following, an open invitation to the audiences to enter another dimension with the artist. Designed and performed by Gina Lo and Felipe Vareschi, the performance reflects upon gestures associated with everyday tangible items, like water, straws, containers and grains. The artists elevate these recognizable yet often neglected sounds through a continuous dialogue with a series of electronic instruments with sound healing ingredients. The final result is a hypnotic and otherworldly soundscape that shifts from percussive gestures to interwoven noisy textures and fragile harmonies.
Gina Lo is a Berlin-based experimental sound artist, musician and performer. Her live set is made of electroacoustic improvisation with a blend of field recording, modular synth, microphones and abstract vocals. Aside from producing and performing, her atmospheric sound design has also led her to score soundtracks for short films this year, some of which will soon be released.
Felipe Vareschi is an experimental electronic musician and performer currently based in Berlin. Their music explores the relationship between people and objects, with a particular focus on the interactions between individuals, technology and nature.
GhostRaum defines itself as a versatile artist collective engaged in various research fields, for the exploration of new visual languages and technologies. Installations and performances involve technical and sculptural characteristics, creating journeys or passages into 'other worlds', and inviting visitors to feel their own multidimensionality.
The technical approach often engages bending physics and human perception to encounter a doorway, where one slides out of the known logic. The digital realm and the physical performance, the organic and the virtual, are combined in order to offer a place where we leave the world of intellectual perspective for a dive into new territories.
For Signals Festival 2021, GhostRaum will present a performative installation with choreographer and dancer Marlee Weinberg and visual artist Matthieu Schmit. During this journey, through embodiment(s), matter and abstraction, we visit states of life, harmony, cosmos, and void.
IMAGINARIA + Alessandro Adriani
present 'IGNES FATUI'
Ignes Fatui is the audio-visual project of Alessandro Adriani (music) and Imaginaria (Paulina Greta). The Ignis Fatuus or will-o'-the-wisp, are faint lights floating above a swamp or a bog. The lights are due to a chemical reaction induced by an organic decay. In myths and legends those illusory ghost lights resemble lanterns that misleads travellers from the safe path.
Alessandro Adriani is a Berlin-based music producer, DJ and director of the record label Mannequin Records. Since moving to Berlin in 2013, he has introduced an array of obscure techno, electro and experimental records through his own releases, becoming resident DJ and curator of the bi-monthly Mannequin Records Nacht at Berghain / Panorama Bar. He has worked and collaborated with the most important music platforms such as Boiler Room, Resident Advisor, Dekmantel, NTS Radio, FACT and many more.
Paulina Greta is a Berlin-based artist and creative director focused on interactive storytelling and its declinations between gaming and non-linear narratives. Her practice spans installation, performance, film direction, augmented and virtual reality. Her works have been featured at international venues and multimedia festivals such as Atonal Berlin, LCF at Macro (Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome), Milan Design and Fashion Weeks, festivals in the Netherlands, Cile, Russia. She is a lecturer in different European academies.
With a focus on groove, momentum and rhythmic variation, Koko Fonic aims to deliver flow filled moments of cinematic, sonic drama. You can expect a fine selection of tracks, mixed together to instil an experience of connection.
Labels affiliated with: Laranja, Helical Scan
Lithium is a Berlin-based, Beijing-born musician and composer. Coming from a classical music background and being introduced to the electronic music world later on, her musical creations focus primarily on harmonic and melodic composition for electroacoustic arrangements. Keeping an emotional and expressive feeling within her solo piano pieces, her musical practice involves experimental electronic elements like drone, noise or glitch. She is passionate about digging into hardware synthesizers for their more original sound and playful technique.
Lithium presents a piano-based performance, focusing on letting the discordant notes interact with multiple samples.
Rhythmic, rough and dark scenarios identify their art, and psychological twists are at the base of their performances. Interdisciplinary artist and Dry Berlin co-founder MISTICA seeks a clear vision of the limbo between life and death, using a ritualistic way of liberating the soul from anxiety by aiming for a positive disintegration.
MISTICA introduces 'Frame of Perception' - a layered, distorted and futuristic experimental DJ set, with the intention of blurring the lines between reality and the virtual world.
Richard Scott & Eliad Wagner
Richard Scott is a composer and improvisor residing in Berlin, who has been navigating the nether regions of improvisation, jazz and avant-garde composition for some four decades. For the last few years he has been mostly focussed on developing a personal and quite visceral approach to the compositional and improvisational possibilities of modular synthesis, working with collaborators including Audrey Chen, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, Jon Rose, Shelley Hirsch, Thomas Lehn, Michael Vorfeld, Ute Wassermann, Jan Croonenbroeck and the Seicento Vocale choir, Trio Abstrakt, Richard Barrett, Evan Parker and Frank Gratkowski.
Eliad Wagner (b. 1979) is a composer, performer, sound artist and lecturer. A classically trained musician, holding academic degrees in physics and music, his activities explore the meeting point of composition and performance in electronic music while addressing thoughts on the vocabulary of electronic music, autonomous processes, intention and attention in audio culture, and people’s natural relationship with technology. Notable publications and presentations include Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), Guggenheim New York, Q-O2, Steim (NL), Rotterdam Film Festival, TU Berlin, UDK Berlin, Aarhus academy of music amongst others.
Richard Scott & Eliad Wagner present a free and abstract modular synthesizer duet performance.
Sarah Kivi is a Finnish-Iranian singer, producer, and ever-captivating performer who seamlessly mixes playfulness and vulnerability in her work. She is known for merging together various styles of music, from light pop, to distorted break beats with dusty and soulful vocals as she is constantly creating her own multi-genre space keeping her work fresh, impactful and unique. 'Honor thy error as a hidden intention' is a concept Sarah has embraced as part of her creative process. As an artist, Sarah consistently demonstrates that she is not afraid to take risks - her experimental and genre-defying style is in constant evolution, and it’s clear that her power lies in not only being an enchanting vocalist and performer, but an independent composer who is not beholden to anyone’s expectations.
Sarah Kivi performs a set of old and new unreleased experimental electronic pop with vocals.
SAFSUFA is a multi-genre DJ who mixes electronic Arab beats, and sounds of Bedouin Dahiya with House, Techno, Acid and some Hip-Hop. SAFSUFA comes from a Bedouin-Palestinian family and grew up in the south of Israel. He started his DJing journey in the Jerusalem club scene, where he was inspired to transcribe his different backgrounds and identities into music. For SAFSUFA music is a political act; giving space to traditional music he grew up with; focusing on bringing people together; as a protest against segregation and prejudice.
SAFSUFA presents a DJ SET that will reflect a conversation between the past and the future, and will present the mesmerizing color range of the unknown. A conversation that never happened, but takes place every day with the guidance of beautiful souls that surround SAFSUFA every day on earth and from above in the sky.
Solving Mazes is a duo of Konrad Daszczyński and Artur Pasco. In their music and improvisations they openly refer to being inspired by the heritage of jazz, fusion and progressive rock. Maze solving is the activity of finding your way through a maze from start to finish. Likewise, intricate compositions based on many time signature changes and extended harmonies are a kind of musical puzzle which the musicians face on stage. This stimulating struggle with their own limits is the basic motivation for the existence of this musical project.
Artur Pasco is a drummer from Gdańsk, graduate of the Academy of Music, Jazz and Stage Music Faculty, winner of the main prize in the XIX Gdynia Ucho National Competition of Young Jazz Bands. He took lessons with such masters as Greg Hutchinson, Kendrick Scott, Thomas Stronen, Mike Moreno, John Escreet, Matt Penman. He is currently a student at Catalyst, majoring in Creative Music Production.
Konrad Daszczyński is a Guitar player from Gdańsk, Poland. Starting to play at the age of 15 years old, he was heavily influenced by classic rock era guitar heroes like Jimmy Page, David Gilmour or Jimi Hendrix. During the past years he was an active musician around Gdańsk, taking part in local musical projects, running weekly jam sessions and working as a guitar teacher.
Ytotiany & Shoro
Ytotiany & Shoro perform a live show that combines traditional Mexican instruments, looping and singing with electronic beats. The result is reminiscent of the acoustic minimalism, rhythmic lyricism and unapologetic emotion of décima poets of Mexico and the Caribbean, reinterpreted through electronic music resources, with beats that could belong in a 90s reggaeton album and looping dynamics that are sure to get you off your feet and into the dance-floor. Both tongue-in-cheek and melancholic, you can recognize in their music the strong Mexican roots and attachment to the singer-songwriter tradition of the Latin American Continent, infused with the energy of a Berlin dance party.
Itotiani is a musician, writer and filmmaker born in Veracruz, Mexico. They started playing son jarocho (traditional Mexican) music and writing lyrics as a coping mechanism in their teenage years. Over time, they created a sound of their own: Mixing elements of cumbia, acoustic reggaeton and traditional Mexican poetry with R&B, hip-hop and contemporary Latin-American rhythms.
Shoro is a musician, producer, and audio programmer born in Chicago, USA. They work with various hardware and software and enjoy experimenting with synths, resampling, and other elements of electronic music; overlapping samples and effects to create otherworldly yet funky textures that adapt to various genres.
/// About Signals Festival
Exploring art and technology, Signals Festival is an annual showcase of Catalyst Berlin’s emerging and diverse creative communities. A non-profit, educational event with live performances, installations, screenings, workshops and in-depth dialogue
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