Jose Macabra + Sz.Berlin + Am Not : Wed 17 May | £9 on the door / 6 conc.
Sz.Berlin (Schmerzzentrum Berlin) is a London based sound, performance and installation project. It draws inspiration from the history and iconography of the DDR, plus related German and European historical, cultural & ideological sources. It takes particular inspiration from the hidden history of electronic music research in the DDR, as well as from East German design culture.
Following several London performances, in May 2011 the group created sound and text installations and carried out a live action in the former Yugoslav nuclear command bunker at Konjic, Bosnia. The main work, 25kt is permanently installed in the blast tunnel of the bunker and is a sonic simulation of a nuclear detonation created using the sounds of the bunker. Sz. Berlin’s work at Konjic was featured on BBC Radio 4 and in Art Monthly.
Am Not aka Tamon Miyakita is a London-based producer of post-industrial sound and video.
A Spanish native, Jose moved to London to study Sound Design at London College Of Communications. It was here he was introduced to the city’s vibrant electronic scene. As a result he’s played at countless underground parties, but his popularity has seen him take his sound “overground” across Europe, touching down in techno institutions. He’s had residencies at legendary parties and is held in high regard by promoters throughout the continent. He has been an integral part of the teams behind nights such as Behind Bars and Antagony.
Deviance is at the heart of everything Jose does. And “everything he does” turns out to be quite a lot. You see Jose is not only extremely talented but also something of a Renaissance man: as well as his storming club sets, he’s also a performance artist, sound designer, improvised noise creator, producer and a beguiling solo live act. It’s this interest in performance that’s seen Jose receive commissions for galleries, artist collaborations and more, with his work performed in art establishment venues including The Barbican, Tate Modern , BFI and The Photographer’s Gallery. Works involving Jose’s sound design have toured major festivals in Madrid, Berlin, Athens, Brussels, Milan, Barcelona and other cultural centres.