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Mensch Meier Club, a Critique

This is the translated version of an older text about Mensch Meier club in Berlin, German version below. The same snouts that were biting your face in About Blank club, sitting between runway-floor and toilet-ressort, are now sitting in the corner floo...

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Babylon Berlin: Note on the use of Ruttmann’s abstract movies

The TV series Babylon Berlin, which portrays the criminal, economical and political milieus of Berlin at the end of the 1920s, uses abstract cinema from the early 1920s for its closing credits. The material is by Walter Ruttmann, who also showed it in ...

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A new rave writing term for “driving”

  Some common techno writing attributes just make you shake your head, words like “driving” to describe the flow of a track. With a track like the one above by Henning Baer you can hear a big drum and a dark net, and a machinic rubbing...

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The ideological foundations of the European Club Night

In Berlin this weekend 27 Clubs, funded each 3000 euros by the Federal Foreign Office, are celebrating the Fall of the Wall as well as Freedom of Movement in Europe. Of course this has generated debates, for example the artist Elliver has criticized th...

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RMB City vs. Bananas on a Boat vs. Battle of Mosul on Facebook Live

Juxtaposition: RMB City vs. Bananas on a Boat. Watch on Youtube Doubler. What does it mean? This does not mean anything yet, it is a note in the form of a juxtaposition. But of course it has meaning to you when you watch it? Starting from the visual si...

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Hyperreality Review

The year is 2029, we are sitting in front of the prestigious cultural centre owned since some years by the Hyperreality Festival Foundation and we think back to the year 2019, when the first independent issue of the festival was held in the Austrian ou...

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Review: Bianca Ludewig, Utopie und Apokalypse in der Popmusik. Gabber und Breakcore in Berlin. Wien 2018

German version below The cover of Bianca Ludewig‘s book shows a T-shirt at the hardcore-techno parade called “Fuckparade” in Berlin. The t-shirt says “200 BPM”, i.e. 200 beats per minute. Music that many people find pleasa...

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Shituationism: Essential Texts

The shituationist tendency of the global general sublation (aka the Shituationist Institute) runs a website on electronic dance music, contemporary art and critical theory since around 10 years. Our basic position is: we don’t think that a life only fu...

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Fragmentary Notes on the Role of Love and Rave in the Plan of a General Sublation – 10 Years of Shituationism, the Annual Birthday Speech

There is no history we could write outside the concrete devastated desert of the financialized mechanics of gaze and groin, of grunts and grins. The smoke of a million burned cigarettes never sets on the plains of freedom of the dirty floor, the dirty ...

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Experimental music festivals in Austria. Part I: DONAUFESTIVAL

In Austria there are plenty of festivals that showcase experimental and (post-)club music. Plus something else. In the following series I will discuss three of them. They happen in springtime: donaufestival (Krems), Hyperreality (Vienna) and the Heart ...

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Unstoppable? An image of the 2010s in Berlin

A commercial wholetrain, with an adhesive design of the urban artist Shepard ‘Obey’ Fairey, who recycles socialist movement graphics from the past for his succesful imagery. “Unstoppable”: The powerful arrogance of urban art in ...

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