“Have You Seen the Listers?” is a poignant documentary about the life of the artist Anthony Lister, whom we had the privilege to host during a 3-week art residency in Berlin in September 2018.
Directed by Eddie Martin and using mainly the artist’s home video footage, “Have You Seen the Listers?” is a harrowing tale of the rise to artistic fame of the Brisbane-born artist, from the first happy family moments to a very unstable lifestyle, crises, drugs, and a crushing separation.
It is as much about parenthood and family life as making it as a great artist, moving from conservative Australia to NYC, challenging the codes of art, leaving his mark in galleries and on the street, being free, oblivious and focused, but being unable to maintain a normal family life, and enduring severe breakdowns.
The movie is now available on Netflix.
Basement Bash was born a whole two years ago! Yeah – we can’t believe it either but as a present from us to you we’re offering an electrifying Tuesday night filled with debauchery, mayhem and attitude. You know the drill, just show up.
Surfbort, a four-piece punk band from Brooklyn, New York, channels inspiration from the 80’s punk scene to produce rousing, explosive music.
Surfbort’s live experience is visceral and confrontational so no wonder The Black Keys picked them to open for their 2018 tour and Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) signed them to his label, Cult Records.
Surfbort’s feedback-strafed, guitar-shredding punk music says no to a digital age full of intolerance; they radiate love and friendship. All are welcome in the SURFBORT FREAK FAMILY!
“Mixing one part punk rock ethic, one part manic performance and a heavy dose of 1950’s Americana….Images of old Western shootouts, drunken nights in saloons and frantic pianos were all over the place while they played.” – Consequence of Sound
Up-and-comers Askers Dodge are a blistering international 4 piece based in Berlin, kindling shades of Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Black Sabbath. Be careful that their retro daydreams don’t turn you into the screaming teenagers of the 50’s.
20:00 – Doors
21:00 – Askers Dodge
21:45 – Gringo Star
22:30 – Surfbort
23:15 – Basement Bash DJ set
Entry: 7€ – 5€ with valid student ID
Basement Bash | an Indieberlin event
Friends and Partners: dq agency, Drum Candy and #PommerenkeDrums
… The king remained as if the sword had stab his chest through. He didn’t sleep until morning; he wondered what and how, to so that it did not happen what he heard here …
Prague-based puppet theater and performance crew Hura Collective presents in Berlin at Urban Spree a puppet performance from the cycle of dark adaptations of the fairy tales of K.J. Erben.
K. J. Erben (1811-1870) was a Czech folklorist and writer of fantasy prose from the 19th century in the wake of the Gebrüder Grimm.
VLASY means “hair” – referenced in the performance as the three golden hair, and accounts for the first part of the story HAIR – EYES – DEATH based on the stories from K. J. Erben.
The King, who loved to chase game the woods, eventually, after a number of evil deeds, he longed to chase for the game forever. Hand of destiny, drowned Princess, revived skeleton, shadows, live sounds on the springs and bells in the tradition of family puppet theaters.
Prague-based Hura Collective, mostly through the “Echt Street Puppets” project and the leadership of Hza Bažant, is the main driving force behind the renewal of the czech millenary tradition in puppet mastery, bringing the art to a larger scale with some puppets ranging in the 4 to 5 meters range.
The theater performance is wordless, so it is suitable for all public. However due to a dark theme and supernatural elements, we advise it may not suitable for children under 8.
The premiere of the event will be launched in Prague on 01.12.2018 (http://www.jatka78.cz/cs/inscenace/erben-vlasy) and will premiere in Germany on Saturday, December 15th, 2018.
Hura Collective presents:
Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
Friday 14.12. 2018 at 18:00 (estimated duration: 55 minutes)
Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – und Magistrát Hlavního Města Praha.
After the free concert finishes in the garden, artist and performer Hugh Cooney will lead a traditional Irish Céilídh dance in Urban Spree’s huge gallery space.
We will then be treated to a slithery mix of house, techno and disco from a selection of Berlin’s finest Irish DJs:
The Drifter (Maeve)
Chymera – live (Kompakt, Cocoon)
Sara Miller (Naïve Melodies, KR Family)
Le Fox (Kleine Reise)
Wristbands can be picked up at any time throughout the day at the organizer’s booth on the festival grounds. Tickets are limited but can also be purchased on the night.
+ special support
Doors 8 pm
Ticket presale starts Monday, January 29th 2018
Wrekmeister Harmonies return to Urban Spree to present their new album, “The Alone Rush”, their first as the core duo of JR Robinson and Esther Shaw. “The Alone Rush” is a hauntingly intense and dark meditation on death and isolation, whose concise compositions carry an emotional heft without the orchestrated bombast of their previous four albums.
After confronting the dual tragedies of the death of a loved one and the exhaustive experience of caring for another family member with a chronic illness, Robinson and Shaw removed themselves from the intensity of Chicago living to the seclusion of Astoria, Oregon. With little else besides their instruments, the couple focused on just two things: healing their psychic wounds and composing. Robinson likened this period to a “cult like affair, just the two of us, thinking the similar thoughts and working them out with hours and hours of conversation, totally alone.” After spending two years in their remote surroundings, together in almost every endeavor, Robinson and Shaw developed an especially intuitive musical communication. Says Robinson it was “almost like two stones being put in a small bag and being carried around constantly. The rough edges wear away. What seemed claustrophobic reveals itself to be comfort.”
The Alone Rush retains Wrekmeister Harmonies’ expansive and ambitious aesthetic, blending waves of ethereal keyboards, haunting string melodies, and crescendos of dissonance, but now turns central focus towards Robinson’s deep, rich, and soothing vocals. The two guests involved in The Alone Rush are longtime friend and Swans drummer Thor Harris, performing minimal drums and clarinet, as well as acclaimed New York producer/engineer Martin Bisi. Keeping the album’s deeply personal subjects in mind, Robinson and Shaw aimed to maintain the material’s emotional potency through an intense intimacy. Harris’s contributions were immediately resonant and in touch with Shaw’s and Robinson’s. It was not until after the recording was complete that Harris informed them about his own deeply personal loss.
Wrekmeister’s work is often based upon literature and The Alone Rush continues in this tradition, specifically through very personal emotions processed with the help of books that involve grief. Thoughts on coping mechanisms, specifically in the age of social media were filtered through works such as George Monbiot’s essay The Age of Loneliness is Killing Us, as well as broader thoughts on the nature of grief itself explored in George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, and depictions of lost life in Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings. Much of the album’s words, and specifically “Forgive Yourself and Let Go,” and are drawn from the musicians’ personal answers to questions one faces when confronting death and the associated sadness, confusion and violence of the event. “There’s a realization, a moment of perfect clarity that comes from meditating on these ideas,” says Robinson, “and that is, at the end of it all, we are perfectly and utterly alone.”