Sound Systems 2020 – Acoustic Perspectives in the year of Covid-19

The Installation Sound Systems 2020 refers sonically to the past months of 2020. Not only concert halls, but also the city quieted down, while the private interiors became more livelier. The heart of the exhibition is a multi-channel sound installation at the “Stellwerk” in Kassel, which presents all artists sound pieces/audio testimonies in a loop.

Involved in this project are students and faculty members of Kunsthochschule Kassel, London College of CommunicationHochschule für Musik MainzEdinburgh College of Art and Columbia University in the City of New York 

Curated and Conceptualised by Joshua Weitzel, Cat Woywod and Samuel Nerl as part of a cooperation project by Konzept-Verein, Stellwerk and Galerie Feiertag

Presented Artists (Installation):

Nicola Hein 

Nicol Parkinson


Wingel Mendoza

Cat Woywod 

Joshua Weitzel

2020, Collaboration, Installation, Sound

Sound Systems 2020 – KW 36

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Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic this Exhibition was in hiatus since March 2020, and thanks to the effort of many people the exhibition was finalised in a virtual form and in a restricted physical form.

awes-somebody website was build by Bo Biallas, works by Bo Biallas, Lucine S. Moschref, Adina Schinauer and Cat Woywod

2020, Collaboration, Installation, Interactive, Sound

“_somebody” Online Exhibit for LSKH Frankfurt a.M.

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2020, Performance, Sound

Local Online Radio R:EIN Radio, hosted by Radio Rasclat, opened up their channel for the reimagined annual exhibitions of Kunsthochschule Kassel and the Architecture Department of University Kassel and asked me to do a live broadcasted experimental performance in July 2020

https://radio-rasclat.com/broadcasts/live-cat-woywood-sounds-of-a-new-planet (info online has been falsified because of mix up of submissions for their programm)

Link

http://homeasdessert.com

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the artschool was closed in March 2020. Students and Professors were inspired to re-invent and organize the annual university exhibition in new ways. “HOMEASDESSERT” is a interactive website, realized by Hannes Drescher (https://krisekrise.itch.io), which hosts all projects by students of the Performance Class Al Sohl of Kunsthochschule Kassel.

2020, Collaboration, Interactive, Sound

“HOMEASDESSERT” Online Exhibition – Class Al Sohl

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2020, Sound

Broadcast “Queer Ancestors”

The Broadcast “Queer Ancestors” is the result of researching lost ancestral voices of queer American and German Musicians in the 1920s-1930s.
For the voices to be more audible I remastered each song and through convulsion reverb, situated the musicians back into places they lived and worked in (Chicago, Vienna, New York, Berlin, etc.) or placed them in venues they didn’t have access to, during their lifetime (Concert Halls, Opera Houses, etc.)
Come along on this journey through the past 100 years of LGBTQIA+ History!

“Queer Ancestors” also has been broadcast with “Campus Radio Kassel“on 7th June 2020, with “Freies Radio Kassel” on 28th June 2020 for Pride Month 2020, as well as “R:ADIO R:EIN” on 17th July 2020.

List of Songs:
“Das Lila Lied” – Marek Weber
“Taint nobody’s Buziness if I do” – Bessie Smith
“Prove it on me” – Ma Rainey
“Worried Blues” – Gladys Bentley
“Someone Else will take your Place” – Alberta Hunter
“Wenn die beste Freundin” – Marlene Dietrich, Margo Lion, Oskar Karlweiss
“Ach wie ich die Lena liebe” -Claire Waldoff
“Hannelore” – Claire Waldoff
“Raus mitn Männern ausm Reichstag” – Claire Waldoff
“Wenn du einmal dein Herz verschenkst”- Lotte Lehmann
“Always”- Josephine Baker

For further reading:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_lila_Lied
www.schwulencity.de/lilalied.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bessie_Smith
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Rainey
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladys_Bentley
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberta_Hunter
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlene_Dietrich
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claire_Waldoff
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotte_Lehmann
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Baker
timeline.com/lesbian-blues-harl…ecret-f3da10ec2334
www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/sin…920s-harlem/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem_Renaissance
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution…_in_Nazi_Germany

Disclaimer: For educational purposes, I remastered named files and I do not own any rights to the named songs above nor do I monetize this broadcast.

Listen to it here:

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https://kasselexperimentalmusicproductions.bandcamp.com

In mid-March it became apparent that the Pandemic would also cause Germany to go on lock down. All jobs, performances, workshops, university courses and projects cancelled indefinately I started Self-Quarantining on March 13th, 2020. It’s been 6 weeks by now (as of April 29th 2020) and the past weeks have been shaped by a very unsusal quietness. The appartment I live in is situated at one of the main streets connecting Kassel’s Citycenter with one of the highways. The soundscape used to be shaped by airplanes, ambulances and helicopters, traffic noise, peoples voices as they pass and of course the constant drone of the near by highway. Now, the environment had become filled with birds, bat’s as dawn, occasional rain and just one experience of an airplane flying above. An experience of the unusual quietness. Without context this soundscape might seem mundane, peaceful even, while outside my door the chaos and fear is not far.

Thankfully, Joshua Weitzel commissioned me to record my quarantine and published it via KasselExperimentalMusicProduction as support. You can listen to the whole thing for free, consider buying the album in order to support me and my fellow artists.

To be continued.

2020, Sound

“Covid Time Soundscape”

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Hannes Drescher aka krisekrise approached me after my Concert “Sounds of a new Planet” in October 2019 and told me about his graduation game project “THUS ENCHANTED”. The blending of organic and digital soundmaterial fit to his idea of an experimental sounddesign for his game. Months later, in February 2020, the game was finished and his graduation took place. In a twist of fate his presentation about the “Chronomancy” of Game would be held in the exact same room I experienced my first introduction to performative Time Magic for “Askesis on Empathy” back in 2017 by Georgia Sagri for documenta 14 in Kassel

You can find “THUS ENCHANTED” Game here

2020, Collaboration, Interactive, Sound

“THUS ENCHANTED”

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In continuation of the “Long Distances on Saturday” Exhibition that the Performance Class Al Solh realized weeks earlier in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, “I Bring My Body back with Me” Exhibition was organized in our homebase in Kassel. With another version of the “Violent Light District” interactive light installation I decided to focus on an more playful approach to explore different materials and to concentrate less on the body for this round. Since this project is not crystalized yet in its form and focus it was interesting to test it out in several different spaces and versions.

2020, Body Extension, Installation, Interactive, Light

“Violet Light District” III. at Kunsthochschule Kassel

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