29 Apr 23
7:00 pm

4X4

4×4 is a new festival format that takes place on the last weekend in April parallel to Gallery Weekend at panke.gallery and Panke Club. It brings together 40 artists from the Berlin art scene in an experimental festival of music, performance and club culture in 10 new bands randomly assembled for 4×4.

The panke.gallery, located in panke club, connects different social and cultural circles of Berlin’s pop culture and art scene. It connects music culture, visual, performative and media arts.

The last two (pandemic) years have been characterized by a mélange of artistic isolation and precarious situation, from which anxiety and often physical overload have developed. With the festival 4×4 we counteract this and create the framework for a career-free artistic work in a safe social space. The invited artists know each other from many encounters at exhibition openings, panel discussions, screenings, performances or sound nights that we have organized in recent years. In 4×4 we use calculated chance as a formative force by selecting 40 artists from the 196 artists of the panke.gallery and the more than 300 artists of the Panke Club to collaborate in 10 randomly assembled band projects since January. Thus, the project is of course also a social experiment. Beyond the two working months and the two event days, the project will lead to “intimate” connections between the individual artists. As curators, we consider these relationships to be extremely important, especially today, as they lay the foundation for solidary, political action and often make it possible in the first place.

During the one day of the festival, the 10 band projects will present works created in these new constellations, which include diverse media forms such as net art, sound art, media, video and performance art.

Curators: !Mediengruppe Bitnik, DJ SchluchT, Lucie Freynhagen and Sakrowski

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4×4 ist ein neues Festivalformat, das am letzen April Wochendende parallel zum Gallery Weekend in der panke.gallery und panke club stattfindet. Es bringt 40 Künstler*innen aus der Berliner Kunstszene zu einem experimentellen Festival aus Musik, Performance und Clubkultur in 10 neuen zufällig für 4×4 zusammengestellten Bands zusammen.

Die panke.gallery, die sich in Panke Club verortet, vernetzt unterschiedliche soziale und kulturelle Kreise der Berliner Popkultur und Kunstszene. Sie verbindet Musikkultur, bildende-, performative- und Medienkünste.

Die letzten zwei (Pandemie) Jahre waren geprägt von einer Mélange aus künstlerischer Isolation und präkeren Lage, aus der sich Ängste und oft körperliche Überlastungen entwickelt haben. Mit dem dem Festival 4×4 wirken wir dem entgegen und schaffen den Rahmen für ein karrierefreies künstlerisches Arbeiten in einem sicheren sozialen Raum. Die eingeladenen KünstlerInnen kennen sich von vielen Begegnungen auf Ausstellungseröffnungen, Paneldiskussionen, Screenings, Performances oder Sound Nights, die wir in den letzten Jahren veranstaltet haben. In 4×4 nutzen wir den kalkulierten Zufall als gestaltende Kraft, indem wir aus den 196 KünstlerInnen der panke.gallery und der mehr als 300 KünstlerInnen des Panke Clubs 40 ausgewählt haben, die seit Januar in 10 zufällig zusammengestellten Band-Projekten zusammenarbeiten. Damit ist das Projekt natürlich auch ein soziales Experiment. Das Projekt wird über die zwei Arbeitsmonate und die zwei Eventtage hinaus zu “innigen” Verbindungen zwischen den einzelnen Künstler*innen führen. Diese Beziehungen halten wir als Kuratoren gerade heute für extrem wichtig, da sie die Grundlage legen für ein solidarisches, politisches Handeln und es oft erst ermöglichen.

An dem Festival Tag präsentieren die 10 Bandprojekte in diesen neunen Konstellationen enstandenen Arbeiten, die diverse Medienformen wie die der Netzkunst, Sound Art, Medien-, Video- und Performancekunst einschließen.

Kurator*innen: !Mediengruppe Bitnik, DJ SchluchT, Lucie Freynhagen und Sakrowski

4X4 BANDS AND ARTISTS
➠ com com com

Brendan Howell is an artist and a reluctant engineer. He has spent much time teaching as well as creating various interactive artworks and inventions. He lives in Berlin, Germany but can often be found walking in wooded areas of Northern Europe.

FAB According to Artfacts.net: ultra-contemporary artist. Patrick Fabian Panetta is a gambian non-male artist. Patrick Fabian Panetta is ranked among the Top 100,000 globally, and among the Top 10 in Gambia. Panetta’s best rank was in 2017, with the most dramatic change in 2010.

chootka is an american media artist living in berlin. I study the internet, teach, and organize events.

h4x0r is an independent software and hardware designer, hacker, and artist based in Stockholm and Berlin with roots in the Atari demo scene.

➠ Gallery Level

Lukas Grundmann works with sound and experimental electronic music in installations, performances and compositions in contexts of music, art, theatre and radio. He is a board member of Cashmere Radio and teaches in the M.A. program Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at the University of the Arts in Berlin.

Frau Regel is an artist, actress, author, director and live-kamera women, who performs within the collective NIE Theater and at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz.

Jowita Kepa Born in Lodz, raised in Toronto, lives in Berlin. A interdisciplinary artist working between video, new media, design and film.

➠ Pet View

Evan Roth Visual artist.

Simon Weckert was born (1989) in Chemnitz, Germany studied New Media Art at Berlin University of Art in Digital Media Class. He likes to share knowledge on a wide range of fields from generative design to physical computing. His focus is the digital world – including everything related to code and electronics under the reflection on current social aspects,ranging from technology oriented examinations to the discussion of current social issues. His artworks have been presented and honoured at the 24th Japan New Media Arts Festival Tokyo, the Ars Electronica Festival Linz, Transmediale Berlin, Chi K11 artspace Shanghai, Lincoln Center NewYork, Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rheine, Micro Wave Festival Hong Kong, Museum Gunzenhauser Chemnitz, Löwenbräukunst Zurich, Möllerei Luxembourg, and EDF Foundation Paris, among others.

➠ Paris Hilton Condition

Yara Mekawei has performed and shown her work internationally, to mention a few, DAAD Galerie (Berlin, 2022), SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin, 2021), Liverpool Arab festival (Liverpool, 2021), SHUBBAK festival (London, 2021), Rote Fabrik (Zürich, 2019), MEMPHIS Gallery (Linz, 2019), Halle14 (Leipzig, 2019), Dakar Biennial (Dakar, 2018), FAK’UGESI African Digital Innovation Festival (Johannesburg, 2018), Cairotronica festival (2018), Lagos Biennial (Lagos, 2017), Art El Lewa Art Space (Cairo, 2014), Darb 1718 (Cairo, 2015), Biennale Méditerranéenne d’art Contemporain d’Oran (Oran, 2014).

DJ Puddle Living la vida loca

Tommaso Cappelletti

Franziska Von Guten is just a Badass Internectual

➠ Paris Hilton Packinglist

Xena Vectra is a synth witch who conjures smooth sounds for whales, bats and snakes

Bamboo plays nice pads and supersaws here and there

Sebastian Schmieg lives and works in Berlin where he graduated from the University of the Arts.

Pitt Wenninger 1989, Ruhr area

➠ PHD season

Marcel Schwittlick is an artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. He is examining the cybernetic aspects of generative systems and modern technology with his work. In addition, he is interested in digital culture, its influence on society, and chances for alternative kinds of communication. Finally, he is connecting to various practices, forging a relationship between physical and digital media, traditional and modern approaches. Marcel Schwittlick works with multiple media, including digital images, material and interactive installations, generative poetry, and conceptual video.

BeachBall is an inflatable water device who makes dances songs videos and rarely participated in competitive team sports.

➠ phd season [OG]

Joachim Blank born in Aachen, lives in Berlin is a visual artist who works with various media, materials and formats. In the 90ies he was one of the founding members of the genre Net Art and works now in the field of Expanded Sculpture, Installation, 3D and AR. He is a Professor of Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig.

Eric Bauer arbeitet seit 2014 vorwiegend mit analoger modularer Synthese und erweiterten Spieltechniken. Zu nennen wäre die Verwendung von Samplern, Tonbändern, Gummibändern und weiteren Objekten, wie dem double wind wand bullroarer oder Snaredrum. Fokussierte sich die Arbeit der Anfangsjahre ausschließlich auf Kompositionen, arbeitet er seit 2016 auch verstärkt in der improvisierten Musik, vorzugsweise zusammen mit akustischen Instrumenten.

Lola Göller In 2012 she graduated at the University of Arts Berlin as a master student of Professor Gregor Schneider. Her works are shown in various exhibitions worldwide, e.g. Kunstverein Wagenhallen Stuttgart, Staatstheater Kassel, Pyramida Contemporary Art Center – Haifa, Israel, Doza Gallery- Sofia Bulgaria. In 2021, she was selected for the e.on Foundation’s artist-in-residence grant “Visit” and is currently working on a new piece related to a 22-metre-high pyramid near the Aksarayskiy gas condensate field of the energy company Gazprom in Russia.

➠ S01E05 Sculpture

Brenda Lien Filmmaker and music producer Brenda Lien´s works screened at festivals like Berlinale Shorts and ISFF Oberhausen and received multiple awards. “Call of Cuteness” was long-listed for the “Short Animation”-Oscars 2018 and “Call of Comfort” won the German Short Film Award. Her graduation film “First Work, Then Play” received the Saxony film fund award.

Kathrin Hunze is a media artist, studied communication/sound design, has a Meisterschüler in Art and Media, board member of the Medienkunstverein Berlin, board member of the German electronic shepherd dog association.

baeiou

➠ sculpture DB

jpgs *I’m Juan Pablo García Sossa / JPGS (Bogotá, COL) and I’m a Designer, Researcher and Artist fascinated by the clash between emerging technologies and grass-root popular culture in tropical territories. My practice explores the development of cultures, visions, realities and worlds through the remix and reappropriation of technologies from a Tropikós perspective (Tropics as Region and Mindset). JPGS has been part of diverse research institutions and design studios and currently is a design research member at SAVVY Contemporary The Laboratory of Form-Ideas’ Design Department in Berlin and Co-Director of Estación Terrena a space for Arts, Research and Technologies in Bogotá. JPGS is a 2020 Fellow at EYEBEAM, 2021 Web Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude and a 2022 Prince Clause CAREC fellow. In 2021 JPGS initiated Futura Trōpica Netroots an InterTropical Net of Grass-Root Local Networks connecting communities and nets of support and affection in Bogotá Colombia, Kinshasa DR Congo, and Bengaluru India. In 2022 Kampala Uganda, Manila Philippines and Martinique joined the network. It is meant for the lateral exchange of other forms of knowledges, nets and technologies from a Tropikós perspective. In 2022 JPGS developed the curatorial research & netting project Magical Hackerism or The Elasticity of Resilience at SAVVY Contemporary Berlin.

k0a1a Since 1999 k0a1a has been involved in computer-technology events, media-art exhibitions and seminars around the world. He has received a number of awards and mentions at Ars Electronica, Japan Media Art Festival, and Transmediale, among others.

Eleni Poulou

➠ w/ union

Jee Sim is an artist currently based in Berlin. Sim has exhibited and performed at institutions including Seoul Museum of Art – Nanji residency, Symphony in the Flint Hills in Kansas, Der Projektraum Schneeeule, panke.gallery, and HAU 2 in Berlin, Museum of Fine Arts Galerija Umjetnina in Split, Arti et Amicitae in Amsterdam, the 4th Anyang Public Art Project in Anyang, Overgaden Institut in Copenhagen, the Center of Contemporary Art in Lagos, Real Fine Arts and Brooklyn Museum in New York. Sim released her music in collaboration with Jee Day on DFA records and Beats in Space records.

KSEN. works in the field of sound. She collages soundscapes and creates musical journeys. Her art is directly bounded to her personal life and development, taking on impulses, reacting to echoes in the moment and reflecting on spectrum of emotions.

Clemens Schöll ist Medienkünstler, -theoretiker und Softwareentwickler. Er studierte Informatik und Kunst in Leipzig, Lissabon und Berlin. Er kuratierte die Ausstellung In VR we trust, ist Mitbegründer des Medienkunstkollektivs THIS IS FAKE sowie des Förderverein Palast der Republik e.V.

Nadja Buttendorf The works and workshops of Nadja Buttendorf were shown at the HKW Berlin, Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund, Kunsthalle Bremen, La Gaîté Lyrique Paris, MU Eindhoven, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Halle 14 – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, D21 Leipzig, Musem der bildenden Künste Leipzig, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst Berlin and the panke.gallery Berlin. She has also given lecture performances at Re:publica, the CCC, Creamcake and the nGbK Berlin. Nadja Buttendorf is a trained goldsmith and studied fine arts at the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle (Saale).

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