Engage in artistic discourse in an online festival that is pushing boundaries.

From October 23rd to October 30th (IM)POSSIBLE BODIES presents a space to ask yourself a very important question: What kind of cyborg do you want to be? Or are you one already? Immerse yourself in the known and unknown, divulge your relationship to technology and see what will come out. Something that is becoming so inherently a part of our day-to-day begs for this kind of exploration— exploration of self, exploration of other. Get to know your cyborg(self) by opening your laptop and downloading an AR app to access this digital journey full of augmented realities with (ro)bots, 3D works of art and custom-made virtual avatars that meet in a comprehensive, shared sensory online experience. (IM)POSSIBLE BODIES will guide you through your exploration through the multimedia lens of music, exhibitions, performances, and talks.

Future Shock is a music program sitting under the (IM)POSSIBLE BODIES umbrella, happening from October 26th to the 31st. As implied in its name, Future Shock is the symbiosis of forward-thinking artists and the future. Much like the overarching theme of (IM)POSSIBLE BODIES, Future Shock’s program is all about the ‘shock of the new’ and involves artists who are pushing boundaries of their instruments— in whatever medium that may be— by creating and exploring new sounds, working on new forms, using new technologies as tools for music production and using experimentation as the vehicle for ideas about the future.

The intricacies of our newfound (and mostly homebound) lives are still a relatively new aspect of our mundane lives. Future Shock is in itself a manifestation of artists pushing the boundaries of their instruments. Providing a digital space to go in-depth and to include their audience in an artistic discourse from the screens on their laptops is the epitome of innovation for 2020. Sit back, relax, and turn on your computer for a program that features talks, discussions, workshops, live-streamed shows, and performances that will take place simultaneously in the digital and physical realms. The Future Shock program can be followed online by everyone here.

Moor Mother
Gabber Modus Operandi
Colin Self
Bert Scholten
Asa Horvitz

Julia  Kaganskiy
Surya Nahamury
Tristan Deschamps

More information on the program here & online tickets here. Below is more information on the artists whose performances we raffled in a giveaway and who quite honestly struck a chord with our chemical hearts.

Colin Self

Colin Self is an artist, composer and choreographer based in New York and Berlin. His sound expands consciousness and boundaries with biological and technological software, creating communities across disciplines and practices with the usage of voice, bodies, and computers. Self’s music and visual imagery explore a societal transformation that is experienced through intricate tools. Self will be leading XIOR, a singing workshop focused on alternative forms of group singing. This might be the opportunity for those interested in exploring their voice as a learning tool or in creating a new relationship with singing and listening. Get ready to stretch those vocal chords.

More information on Self’s Future Shock workshop on October 26th here.

Moor Mother

Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a national and international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator, and has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt, Roscoe Mitchell, Claudia Rankine, Bell Hooks, and more. Moor Mother is participating in conversation at Future Shock about building towards an alternative future, both musically and non-musically. Followed by the talk will be two short live sets by Moor Mother and Hyperstition.

More information on Moor Mother’s talk at Future Shock and live set with Hyperstition on October 30th here.

Bert Scholten

Bert Scholten is often called a contemporary troubadour. In his work, he resorts to a tradition in which songs were a means of spreading stories. Scholten, as the storyteller that he is, uses his musical performances as a means to communicate old folk tales, often from Northern Netherlands. Scholten investigates these stories and traces the different versions that often exist. In his performances, he carries out the lyrics with instrumental accompaniment. Scholten will be hosting an audio work at Future Shock entitled That’s not an issue here. The work deals with traditions and how they slowly change form and meaning. By examining the loaves and cakes that are traditionally consumed during Dutch holidays and tracing the associated forgotten and hidden stories, Scholten shows us the capriciousness of the things that we all too often regard as static.

More information on Scholten’s performance at Future Shock on October 28th here.

Gabber Modus Operandi

Gabber Modus Operandi will be hosting a lecture at Future Shock about the role of identity, experimentation, and tradition in their work and artistic practice, plus a live session. The project is founded by Kasimyn and Ican Harem, accidentally. GMO is born out of a mutual obsession for all sorts of high-octane, fast-paced sounds, that explode an extensive range of influences into productions. The duo fuses a lot of vibrant sounds together, mixing them with uniquely Indonesian sounds such as jathilan (a trance dance in which an animal spirit possesses the body), dangdut koplo (a subgenre of popular folk music), and funkot (reminiscent of both European happy hardcore as well as dangdut).

More information on Operandi’s performance at Future Shock on October 29th here.