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Opening of Toums’ solo show « Primitive Acids »

Urban Spree Galerie presents « Primitive Acids » a photographic exhibition by Toums from 20.10 to 12.11.2017. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, October 20th from 19:00 to 22:00.

« Primitive Acids » is the first German solo show of the French experimental analog photographer Thomas Gosset a.k.a. Toums.

Wandering between his native Bordeaux and Berlin, Toums redefines the medium of analog artistic photography by attacking his negatives with acids, ink, paint and other physical alterations and combining his skillsets with a dark contemporary mythology.

Working in darkroom and strictly excluding all forms of modern technique, his practice lurks in the footsteps of the late 19th century pioneers and early 20th century surrealist avant-gardes.

Portraits are his preferred genre. Toums destructures them until they achieve the transmutated vision that the artist has assigned to them. Like a deus ex machina, the photographer creates the portrait with his camera and subsequently creates the final image through his manipulations ex-post.

Utterly disrespectful of the medium, desacralizing it in order to provide a new meaning, Toums is a rare breed of an iconoclast photographer, with filiation looking towards Joel-Peter Witkin, Pierre Molinier, and Roger Ballen.

His direct and deadly intervention on the film, the materia prima of his work, procures a highly unstable result. Soon to be destroyed by acids, slowly corroding the matter, the films are revealed in the darkroom process and printed on silver gelatin. As the film returns to dust, the portraits become fugitives, trying to escape their own fate, living in a printed dimension and refusing mortality. It is no accident that most Toums compositions are building a new mythology with some elements borrowed from the Greek corpus of myths.

« I destroy my own films with the intention of entering in the very heart of the photosensitive material, which allows me to have a direct control over the frozen reality that I destructure at will. The goal being to understand this matter as painting with the intention of pushing back the normal process of photography to expand my own field of investigation and thus regain an imaginative and narrative freedom. For years I wanted to freeze absurd moments in reality. »

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin

20.10-12.11 2017

Tu-Sa : 12:00-18 :30

Galerie enquiries: pascal@urbanspree.com

Press enquiries: diana@urbanspree.com



Kaometry 10 years // Berlin

Kaometry is having 10 years this year, so it was time to come back to Berlin for a boogie night. For this event, we will be hosting Abstrakt Reflections, label from Argentina.

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►Ruby My Dear // Junglecore // PRSPCT- Kaometry [FR]
►Ely Muff // Mashed-up Hardcore // Headfuk – Deathchant [UK]
►Ghost // Zencore // Mozyk – Life4Land – Jungle Syndicate[UK]
►F000L // Idm Breakcore // Hormonal VibrationZ [DE]
►Substance B // Unformatted Breaks // Pokora – Kaometry [FR]
►Doomham // Dark’n Bass // Jungle Syndicate [UK]
►Pakun Jaran // Freaky Idm // Kaometry – We Are Vicious [FR]

►Flint Kids // Techno Tapas // Abstrakt Reflections – Kaometry [UK]
►c0ma // IDM Experimental // Abstrakt Reflections [ARG]
►Monster X // Elektro Butcher // Abstrakt Reflections – Peaceoff – Bedroom Research [FR]
►Lokom // Drum’n Wave // Abstrakt Reflections – Kaometry [FR]

►Visual by Sansculotte
►Glitched/ audio reacting Video Installation. Circuit bent by Ashii Macro

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// Ruby My Dear //
Junglecore // Breakcore // Idm
https://www.facebook.com/dearmyruby
https://soundcloud.com/dearmyruby

Ruby My Dear, aka Julien Chastagnol, is a producer, songwriter and live performer who fuses melodic
electronica, IDM and jungle to create a highly inventive and musical brand of breakcore. His tracks mix
dream­like atmospheres and haunting melodies with sharp, complex rhythms, to take the listener on a
constantly evolving journey through his unique sonic universe.
Julien started his Ruby My Dear project back in 2010 with the release of his DJ Shadow’s “Building Steam
with a Grain of Salt” remix, out on his own label, Reconstruction Productions. Now, four years later, he has
produced 8 EPs on both Peace Off and Acroplane and 2 full length albums on Ad Noiseam.
Performing live is also a large part of Juliens arsenal. He brings his intricate production to the stage to
rework his studio pieces so naturally that it seems effortless. He is captivating and engaging to watch on
stage as he blends sonic beauty with live energy.
Notable appearances have been at the Berghain, Glastonbury, Bang Face, Maschinenfest, Fusion Festival
and club events in every major city throughout Europe.
In 2014 Julien joined forces with a Toulouse artist, Lisa Chabbert, to shoot a movie “Jitter Room” and has
completed a new collaborative EP with Igorrr.
In December 2015 comes a new Ep, Balloon, on Kaometry records.

// Ely Muff //
Mashed-up Hardcore
http://www.mixcloud.com/tag/ely-muff/

// Ghost //
Zencore // Idm / Jungle / Breakcore
https://soundcloud.com/ghost-life4land
https://www.facebook.com/Ghost-life4land-142440660639

Ghost is a musician/producer based in Cambridge, England who has spent most of his life writing music. Ghost’s organic beats are truly one of kind. As a crucial member of the LIFE4LAND collective and the local rave scene, he remains a highly respected producer by his peers who have come to recognize him as one of the leading forces of LIFE4LAND.

// F000L //
Idm / Jungle / Breakcore
https://soundcloud.com/f000l
https://www.facebook.com/officialF000L

// Substance B //
unformatted Breaks
https://soundcloud.com/substance-b
https://www.facebook.com/Substance-B-229798085809

// Doomham //
Dark’n Bass
https://soundcloud.com/doomham
http://junglesyndicate.com/

Bristol DJ / Producer / Promoter / Label Manager
Doomham has always lurked in the depths of the Jungle Syndicate. Doomham tears out ridiculous Ableton live sets mixing around 20 billion tracks all at once combining heavy amens, fat disgusting reece with beautiful melodic passages in a heavily mashed up style.

// Pakun Jaran //
Freak Idm Trap Glitch
https://soundcloud.com/pakunjaran
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpelAkbqhJ59BQ09jVqh2kA
https://www.facebook.com/Pakunjaran

// Flint Kids //
Techno Tapas // Idm // Sound Design
https://soundcloud.com/flint-kids-1
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flint-Kids/121658809159
http://flintkids.tumblr.com/

Flint Kids hail from south London. Sound is his weapon of choice. Get caught in the crossfire.

// c0ma //
IDM Experimental
www.c0ma.net
www.abstraktreflections.net
https://www.soundcloud.com/c0ma
https://www.instagram.com/c0maofficial
https://www.facebook.com/c0maofficial

c0ma is the personal project of Pablo Benjamin from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’s also the label owner of Abstrakt Reflections.

// Monster X //
Elektro Butcher
https://soundcloud.com/monster-x
https://www.facebook.com/MonsterX.official/
https://monsterx.bandcamp.com/

There are few artists that live up to their name. Julien Caraz aka Monster X is one of those special few. For when he takes to the stage, a monster is truly unleashed, leaving a trail of destruction as witnessed at various raves and festivals all over Europe. The French born sonic hooligan moved to London 10 years ago, after a performance in France caused a small riot among old punks fighting in a record shop, resulting in smashed windows and other damage.

Since then he’s evolved his production and performance abilities, head-banging his way through a myriad of midi controllers, hardware boxes and self-built Reaktor modules that have won him listeners and fans of extreme and abrasive music from Europe to US and Japan. Although a professional radio/TV sound designer by day, it’s his night time persona as Monster X that has gained him notoriety worldwide, both as a live performer and recorded artist.

One of the few whose work manages to balance great precision with great fury, his tracks have seen support from discerning labels such as Ad Noiseam, Peace Off, Tigerbeat6, Combat Recordings, Murder Channel, Fyerhammer, Bedroom Research and Mutant Sniper, to name but a few. This latest work on Abstrakt Reflections shows a deeper, colder ferocity and more mature side to his production. As ever the music remains dystopian and futuristic, yet the not-too-subtle track titles suggest inspiration and anger drawn from current world events.

// Lokom //
Drum’n Wave
https://soundcloud.com/lokom
https://www.facebook.com/Lokom.Alien

Lokom cut his teeth in Grenoble where he discovered the electronic underground scene in the 2000s.

He quickly developed a passion for live and especially FM synthesis. An avid bass music with tangy trend lokom now work under the banner of experimentation analog-psyche-conductive.

// Sansculotte //
http://sansculotte.net/
https://vimeo.com/sansculotte

// Ashii Macro //
http://gretamacri.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdeqq9FWQ_qUhmLc8uL-qoQ

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Kaometry records
http://www.kaometry.com/
https://soundcloud.com/kaometry
http://store.kaometry.com/

Abstrakt reflections
https://www.facebook.com/abstraktreflections/
https://www.abstraktreflections.net/

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Toums: Primitive Acids

Urban Spree Galerie presents « Primitive Acids » a photographic exhibition by Toums from 20.10 to 12.11.2017.

« Primitive Acids » is the first German solo show of the French experimental analog photographer Thomas Gosset a.k.a. Toums.

Wandering between his native Bordeaux and Berlin, Toums redefines the medium of analog artistic photography by attacking his negatives with acids, ink, paint and other physical alterations and combining his skillsets with a dark contemporary mythology.

Working in darkroom and strictly excluding all forms of modern technique, his practice lurks in the footsteps of the late 19th century pioneers and early 20th century surrealist avant-gardes.

Portraits are his preferred genre. Toums destructures them until they achieve the transmutated vision that the artist has assigned to them. Like a deus ex machina, the photographer creates the portrait with his camera and subsequently creates the final image through his manipulations ex-post.

Utterly disrespectful of the medium, desacralizing it in order to provide a new meaning, Toums is a rare breed of an iconoclast photographer, with filiation looking towards Joel-Peter Witkin, Pierre Molinier, and Roger Ballen.

His direct and deadly intervention on the film, the materia prima of his work, procures a highly unstable result. Soon to be destroyed by acids, slowly corroding the matter, the films are revealed in the darkroom process and printed on silver gelatin. As the film returns to dust, the portraits become fugitives, trying to escape their own fate, living in a printed dimension and refusing mortality. It is no accident that most Toums compositions are building a new mythology with some elements borrowed from the Greek corpus of myths.

« I destroy my own films with the intention of entering in the very heart of the photosensitive material, which allows me to have a direct control over the frozen reality that I destructure at will. The goal being to understand this matter as painting with the intention of pushing back the normal process of photography to expand my own field of investigation and thus regain an imaginative and narrative freedom. For years I wanted to freeze absurd moments in reality. »

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin

20.10-12.11 2017

Tu-Sa : 12:00-18 :30

Galerie enquiries: pascal@urbanspree.com

Press enquiries: diana@urbanspree.com



Kids on Wax Summer Open Festival

Kids On Wax is provided by Berlin’s local DJs from all over the world. Feel the summer vibes!

Resident Advirosr attend
https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?991410

Line up

Bin Okin (Klangkost/Italy)
DHADHA » (4-Beat Entertainment/Ibiza.Japan)
Platinum Pork (Kids On Wax/Japan)
TLH (Ohm work records/France)
JuNe (Kids On Wax/Korea)
Disco Tiger (F.K.Kultur/Austria)
Unexpected (F.K.Kultur/Italy)
Ralfdifoggia (Kids On Wax/France)

++ Main Floor (Upstairs) ++

2200-2330 Ralfdifoggia
2330-100 Platinum Pork
100-300 Bin Okin
300-End Bin Okin & Platinum Pork B2B

++ Basement (Downstairs) ++

2200-2300 Disco Tiger
2300-2400 JuNe
2400-200 TLH
200-End DHADHA

++ Bier Garden (Outside) ++

2400-200 Disco Tiger
200-400 Unexpected

———- about Platinum Pork ———-
Platinum Pork is known as House and Techno music DJ and Producer. He traveled more than 50 countries and was inspired by many kind of music after he finished the master’s degree in information technology. Then, he decided to move to Berlin from Tokyo in 2014. He organize his own party « Kids on Wax » and « Harmonize » in Berlin.

https://soundcloud.com/platinum-pork
https://www.mixcloud.com/platinumpork/

———- about TLH ———-

TLH had his first steps as DJ in the french rave scene couple of years ago. From his Hardcore and Acid Techno, he got to know the crowd of some Festivals involving Electro Leo and Milk the Kraken Festival where he extended his playing to a softer and Deep energical Techno. You may recognize his experience as a resident in the city where he was studying last year.

https://soundcloud.com/tlh-6

———- about Ralf Difoggia ———-

Ralfdifoggia is a man of many talents / French deep player and producer. Established himself in scene of London, Paris and now Berlin as an passionate music creator

https://ralfdifoggia.bandcamp.com/
http://soundcloud.com/ralfdifoggia



« Berlin Calling » Book Launch Party and Discussion

The American, Berlin-based author Paul Hockenos will present his latest book Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall and the Birth of the New Berlin (The New Press) at Urban Spree Galerie on June 17, 2017.

An exhilarating journey through the subcultures, occupied squats, and late-night scenes in the anarchic first few years of Berlin after the fall of the wall Berlin Calling is a gripping account of the 1989 « peaceful revolution » in East Germany that upended communism and the tumultuous years of artistic ferment, political improvisation, and pirate utopias that followed. It’s the story of a newly undivided Berlin when protest and punk rock, bohemia and direct democracy, techno and free theater were the order of the day.

In a story stocked with fascinating characters from Berlin’s highly politicized undergrounds—including playwright Heiner Müller, cult figure Blixa Bargeld of the industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, the internationally known French Wall artist Thierry Noir, the American multimedia artist Danielle de Picciotto (founder of Love Parade), and David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust incarnation—Hockenos argues that the DIY energy and raw urban vibe of the early 1990s shaped the new Berlin and still pulses through the city today.

Just as Mike Davis captured Los Angeles in his City of Quartz, Berlin Calling is a unique account of how Berlin became hip, and of why it continues to attract creative types from the world over.

Paul Hockenos is an American journalist and author who writes for The Nation, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, and many other media outlets. He has held prize fellowships with the American Academy in Berlin, the European Journalism College, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of three books, including Joschka Fischer and the Making of the Berlin Republic, and lives in Berlin.

“Can unruly artists change the world? Or do they just provide the soundtrack to history? The Berlin of the 1980s is famous for two things: a wild counterculture and the surprising end of the Cold War. Paul Hockenos, who knows the city inside out, brings them together in a fast-paced, sometimes astonishing story of underground clubs, squatters, and dissidents.” Brian Ladd, author of The Ghosts of Berlin.



Urban Spree releases a screen print with Toums

Urban Spree releases a 70 x 90 cm screen print in half tones that has been printed in Berlin at Urban Spree on the occasion of the special release of the Bad Destiny video by French experimental photographer Thomas ‘Toums » Gosset, directed by Stéfane Cales.

The video is a comical journey into the photographic world of Toums and focuses especially on his complex chemically enhanced process and analog set of techniques. In the narrative, we follow Toums from the moment where he takes the photograph to the final paste-up of the image in the street of his native Bordeaux, and going through the whole elaborated development process in between.

The image that is the outcome of the process has been screen printed in Berlin for the occasion in a limited edition and is available in our Berlin shop and on our Urban Spree website here: http://bit.ly/2qq0t0x