Varieties of Impact

Performance, modular synthesizers, percussion instruments, fog machine 

Group show, Festival of Futures Nows, Institut für Raumexperimente, Hamburger Bahnhof, 2017
Choreographed by Sven Beckstette, Natalie Keppler, Christina Werner

Robert Lippok’s musical and artistic practice includes experimenting with found objects. For the performance Varieties of Impact, Lippok collected plant material, stones and building material in the immediate vicinity of Hamburger Bahnhof. These were combined with a modular synthesiser and a fog machine to create a dense sound field. The fog machine was recorded with a microphone and the noise generated by the pressure on the outlet nozzle was amplified and manipulated.
Using techniques such as granular synthesis, the smallest sound particles were combined with large formal structures, the sounds were layered and condensed into clusters. The altered sounds were played through a four-channel sound system located above the playing area.


Festival of Future Nows

‘The challenge is in the moment, the time is always now.’ (James A. Baldwin)

The second edition of the Festival of Future Nows is taking place during Berlin Art Week 2017 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. This year’s cooperation between the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Olafur Eliasson and his Institut für Raumexperimente e.V. – as with the festival’s first edition in 2014 – brings together different works by over 100 international artists.

Over a four-day period, a dense cloud of creative energy and spontaneity will erupt and break free like a Berlin punk-opera-weather-condition, passing by and hovering over Hamburger Bahnhof. The festival program invites a young and diverse crowd to engage with the unpredictable nature of performance, action, music, interventions, dance, experiments, movement and perception exercises. Spontaneous choreographies, musical disruptions and overlooked encounters invite various forms of audience participation happening at flash-mob-like speed. Individual projects take place in parallel or overlap. The deliberate abundance forces visitors to take a nonlinear route through the festival. The principle of ‘density and diversity’ is applied purposefully. The Festival of Future Nows 2017 brings together an experimental and inspiring mix of emerging practitioners interspersed with some more renowned artists under the banner of ‘The challenge is in the moment, the time is always now.’


Photos: Christina Werner