KOOKOO @ OHM feat. JAURES (Die Orakel) Friday, September 5th, 2014
you can be someone if you grow with me…
On July 31st, 1914, a young fanatic nationalist assassinated Jean Jaurès in Paris. The youngster believed that Jaurès, who was one of the most prominent socialist activists of the time, and his strong devotion to pacifism would play into the hands of the German Reich in the war that was just about to start.
One hundred years later, once again in belligerent times, we can finally celebrate the return of JAURES. This time, convictions and aspirations take on the form of richly textured sounds rising from the fumes of history: Tsoyberbarg, an EP full of sonic predictions that has just been released on Live At Robert Johnson’s sublabel Die Orakel.
The two enigmatic figures responsible for JAURES’s resurrection, self-professed ingenious dilettantes, like to keep a low profile. They might have learned a lesson from history or two… Still, their music has already resonated prominently on a mix CD Roman Flügel put together exclusively for Groove Magazine as well as on a Resident Advisor podcast by Oliver Hafenbauer. KOOKOO is very proud to present one of the first ever reappearances of JAURES, on September 5th at OHM Gallery in Berlin.
If you want to find out more about JAURES’s history and destiny you could probably still migrate to Delphi and consult the most famous oracle of ancient times – or you choose to experience their convictions and aspirations first-hand at KOOKOO, along with DJ sets by the hosts MIEKO SUZUKI & ARA as well as some amazing art created uniquely for this evening.
Through a specially developed light sculpture, visual artist NAOMI TAKAKI from Osaka will transform all the sonic inputs of this KOOKOO night into dots glowing in space, continuously blazing up and blown out just like the endless succession of unique moments in time we have learned to call history.
NAOMI TAKAKI will be joined by VESSELIN ATANASSOV from Bulgaria and YUKIHIRO TAGUCHI from Japan, both presenting video installations that in part will be created live on the spot. The paper scultpure shown on the flyer is the work of CARLY FISCHER from Melbourne and will also be presented in a big light box at OHM Gallery.
Oracles are thought to be portals through which entities from some other world speak directly to the people. In 1983, French duo Deux spoke and sang as follows: You can be someone if you grow with me…
KOOKOO @ OHM
you can be someone if you grow with me…
JAURES (Die Orakel) MIEKO SUZUKI (Kookoo) // www.soundcloud.com/mieko ARA (Kookoo) // www.mixcloud.com/houseis
NAOMI TAKAKI (light sculpture) // www.naomitakaki.com VESSELIN ATANASSOV (video installation) // www.vesselinatanassov.comYUKIHIRO TAGUCHI (video installation) // https://yukihirotaguchi.wordpress.com CARLY FISCHER (flyer artwork) // www.carlyfischer.com
Friday, September 5th, 10pm OHM Gallery – Köpenicker Straße 70, 10179 Berlin http://www.ohmberlin.com
KOOKOO http://www.mixcloud.com/Kookoo/ http://www.facebook.com/groups/kookooberlin/
Kookoo is a monthly multidisciplinary collaboration led by Japanese sound artist Mieko Suzuki and Ara alias Arno Raffeiner, editor at Spex Magazine. Kookoo nights are built on electronic music and include visual art and conceptual image design, all of which are based on a carefully chosen song quote that sets a different mood and provides a fitting motto each time.
The special atmosphere at Kookoo events is created through a constant dialogue of the artists responding to each other, a dialogue with the space at the venue – the Ohm Gallery inside an immense defunct power plant building in Köpenicker Straße, Berlin-Mitte – and, most of all, a dialogue with the audience.
Kicking off in the summer of 2009 as a monthly event at Farbfernseher in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Kookoo created a unique and intimate underground party vibe, gathering a strong and dedicated following. From early on, the hosts Mieko Suzuki & Ara focused on collaborations with, among others, Australian artist Carly Fischer, Japanese painter Yuki Mori, dance performer Nobuhiro Mitani or video artists Yukihiro Taguchi, Ink Agop and Aiko Okamoto. Kookoo quickly became one of the favoured hot spots in Berlin’s notoriously nocturnal music and art scenes.
Over the last five years, Kookoo was graced by performances by the likes of Barnt (Magazine / Mule Musiq / Cómeme, Cologne), Electric Indigo (female:pressure, Vienna), Errorsmith (MMM / Smith N Hack, Berlin), Clara Moto (Infiné, Berlin / Lyon), Buzz Goree (Underground Resistance / Mixworks, Detroit / Berlin), Andy Vaz (Yore Records, Cologne), Elbee Bad (Nu Groove, La Rhone, New York / Berlin), Finn Johannsen (Macro / Hardwax, Berlin), Kihira Naoki (Social Infection, Osaka), DJ Glow (Trust, Vienna / Berlin), Crato (Magazine, Berlin), Bill Robin (Tempa, Rebel HiFi, London / Berlin), and many more.
Are you ready to go Kookoo, too? It’s your world, 4 a little while…