Friday, March 6th

soothe my mind and set me free…

It happened 40 years ago today. Two people fell in love … with love.

When you’re laying so close to me
There’s no place I’d rather you be than with me, uh

Do it to me again and again
You put me in such a awful spin, in a spin, in uh

Lay your head down real close to me
Soothe my mind and set me free, set me free, uh

Ahaaw, I love to love you, baby Ahaaw, I love to love you, baby Ahaaw, I love to love you, baby Ahaaw, I love to love you, baby

The year was 1975. The two people were Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder. And they would name their child Disco.

On the 6th of March, the KOOKOO hosts MIEKO SUZUKI & ARA want to celebrate this child of love with a very special night at OHM Gallery, presenting some of their most loved DJs and fine artists.

ERRORSMITH is dedicated to the expansion of sonic horizons through digital sound synthesis and his infectious DJ sets. Since the mid 90’s, he produces club music in the broadest sense of the word, be it as part of the duos MMM (together with Berghain resident DJ Fiedel) or Smith n Hack (with Soundstream a.k.a. Soundhack) or in collaborations with the likes of Mouse On Mars.

CRATO is one of the founders of Magazine, running the label with his long-time friends Barnt and Popnoname. He is part of the electro kraut supergroup Cologne Tape and, as a graphic designer, responsible for the visual appearance of releases on Kompakt and for the artwork that turns every Magazine record into a unique collector’s item. Have we mentioned that he’s a great DJ as well?

AIKO OKAMOTO is using cliché and naïveté as a weapon. She has been active in the fields of visual art and club culture since 2003, working as resident VJ at Harry Klein in Munich and for the female:pressure network as well as running her own artist platform Tokoma.

CARLY FISCHER is a sculptural installation artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her practice explores the precariousness of place and cultural identity in an increasingly globalised contemporary reality. She fabricates paper replica environments that inhabit an ambiguously hybrid and fascinating space.

YUKIHIRO TAGUCHI is a medium. He creates installations and interventions based on the inspiration he gets from each specific site, mostly working with stop-motion video works. This results in visual feedback loops enhancing the experience of everyone present in the given space at the given time.

VESSELIN ATANASSOV is an amazingly big-hearted guy. And we bet you’ll love to love his art, too.


soothe my mind and set me free…

:: music

ERRORSMITH (MMM) // www.errorsmith.de
CRATO (Magazine) // www.magazine.mu
MIEKO SUZUKI (Kookoo) // www.mixcloud.com/mieko ARA (Kookoo) // www.mixcloud.com/houseis

:: art

AIKO OKAMOTO (video installation) // vimeo.com/okamotoaiko 

VESSELIN ATANASSOV (video installation) // www.vesselinatanassov.com 

YUKIHIRO TAGUCHI (stop motion) // https://yukihirotaguchi.wordpress.com/ 

CARLY FISCHER (light box & flyer artwork) // www.carlyfischer.com

Friday, March 6th, 10pm

OHM Gallery – Köpenicker Straße 70, 10179 Berlin www.ohmberlin.com



www.facebook.com/groups/kookooberlin/ www.mixcloud.com/Kookoo/

Kookoo is a monthly multidisciplinary collaboration led by Japanese sound artist Mieko Suzuki and Ara alias Arno Raffeiner, editor at Spex Magazine. Kookoo events focus on electronic music and its connections to visual art and conceptual image design, all of these elements being based on a carefully chosen song quote that sets a different mood and provides a fitting motto for each night.

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 musical 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… 

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