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 outback of the Vienna forest Wienerwald, up in a rural holiday…

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 pleasant is in the range of 100 to 120 BPM, i.e. 2 beats per second, with the wearer of the…

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 full of techno parties is a joyful life but we trust in the power of art…

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 ceiling and the very dirty four walls of the favorite bar…

Sound Get Mashup: Enregistrements Du Cavage 23.6.2017

Special Broadcast about the Label Cavage & Gorki Plubakter aka Saoulaterre aka UHT. Cavage: The first experimental French brokenbeat label with a large variety of artists on each release. Cavage also released a 360 pages book about the label’s basement, the underground abandoned quarries, so called catacombs, of the city of Paris. Intro: …

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 of Noise festival (Innsbruck). If you like cutting edge electronic and experimental music mixed with art or performance…

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 alliance with money. This is an advertising for a semi-private museum about urban art in Berlin: Urban Nation. The museum is…

Between Kickstarter Communism and Queer Net Critique: Transmediale 2018 shituanalytic art review

Between all the content and all the critique and all the performativity and transmediality, between the comfort and discomfort, the noise and the tension, two experiences may serve very well to illustrate Transmediale festival 2018 in Berlin. There was Jonathan Beller trying to recuperate the blockchain euphoria from the capitalist tech bros in the Keynote…

Workshop this Saturday in Berlin: Reclaim your Club

This Saturday the rave scientist Lukas Fakegruber of the Shituationist Institute will hold a seminar about the emancipatory potentials of club culture: Reclaim your Club Reclaim Club Culture is a network reflecting on the conditions of hosting raves, asking how party organizers can position themselves face to face with structures of power and exploitation in…

Data breaches are not the problem, the app cult is the problem

We have said it before, the app cult has to be stopped. So how is the current discussion about facebook data breaches connected to this? To summ up the privacy problem of social media: Users give access to their data and to the data of their “friends” by using all these little tests and games,…

New essay on time and value in the digital sphere

After Artistic value in digital communication (2016), here’s a new essay over at Shades Magazine on value in the digital sphere, on the economy of the free* services (*paid for by the digital labour performed by the users). Excerpt: how to organise the users that are facing the most powerful treat: things that cost somethings…

Shituationist Institute Los Angeles Detour

We are in LA for an investigation of the plaque tournante that this city is, freeway fearology and hermetic non-derive with the uberiat, historiography: number 19 at Langer’s in the territory of the 18th st gang, and next the spraypaint capsule for the curvew mood: see you tonight on the dancefloor of Station 1640 (fb)…