10.09.2015: The J-Files - Love in the 90s
Double J Radio presents highlights from the documentary series, along with more music and stories from the 90s. Presented by Caz Tran. Listen to the program here.
21.09.2015: Art Criticism in the Digital Age
Blogs, vlogs, podcasts and more have created new platforms for those with something to say about contemporary art, offering new spaces and places for criticism, while at the same time transforming it.
Twenty years ago, critics had to hope for a position as a reviewer for a magazine if they wanted to reach the public. Now, anyone with a smartphone and an opinion has access to a potential audience of millions. And as the new technology democratises criticism, larger media companies also embrace and adopt the new mode.
So how do we make good use of these new opportunities as art writers? And how can we use new technology to say what we want to say about art today?
12.07.2015: Jarvis Cocker (DJ set) + Ducks! at Neue Heimat Berlin
Live performance by Ducks! following the first official screening of 'Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets'. Lani Bagley: singing, dancing, tropical side-eye, shiny surfaces. Craig Schuftan: Synths, backing vocals, make-up.
2.7.2015 Entertain Us! The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock in the Nineties: UK and Europe Release.
A journey through the decade and its music, from Sonic Youth’s Kool Thing to Radiohead’s Kid A; Lollapalooza ’91 to Woodstock ’99. Three years after its first publication, Entertain Us! is now finally available in the UK and Europe through Harper Collins publishers. Pre-order your copy here!
5.6.2015: Black Mountain College: Alternative Nation
Official opening of the exhibition 'Black Mountain College: An Interdisciplinary Experiment, 1933-1957', at Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, and accompanying catalogue, edited by Dr Catherine Nichols, and featuring the essay 'Alternative Nation' by Craig Schuftan.
30.5.2015: Gertrude Stein's 'The World is Round'Short talk on Stein's 1939 children's book, followed by performance of a short excerpt with music by Ducks!
Hosted by Entretempo Kitchen Berlin as part of the 'Literary Dining' series, curated by An Paenhuysen. Photo by Akane Kimbara.
Watch the performance and listen to an interview here, on An's blog.
29.5.2015: Ducks! Present: 'Into the Trees'
14.5.2015: European Lab: 'The Next Cultural Decade'Round table debate on the idea of culture defined by decades, and what might be in store during the next one. Hosted by Wyndham Wallace, also featuring Agata Pyzik, Relja Bobic and Jean-Francois Sanz
http://www.europeanlab.com/en/debat-la-prochaine-decennie-culturelle/ Photo by Marion Bornaz
9.5.2015: The School of Life Presents: Why Romanticism MattersOn why rock music loves misery, and the truth about Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Hosted by The School of Life, Melbourne. http://www.theschooloflife.com/melbourne/blog/2015/03/why-romanticism-matters/
8.5.2015: The School of Life Presents: The Philosophy of DiscoArt or Entertainment? Songs to make you think, or songs to help you forget your troubles? The history and practice of disco offers insights into a long-running intellectual debate in Western Culture. Presented by the School of Life, Melbourne. http://www.theaureview.com/interviews/craig-schuftan-berlin-sydney-talks-the-philosophy-of-disco
(Photo: Ray Mann)
5.4.2015: Hokey Religions and Ancient Weapons: Nostalgia for the Future in Star Wars IV-VILecture and slide show on cultural nostalgia and retro-futurism, hosted by Somos Berlin at the opening of the exhibition, Future: Now, curated by Elisa Rusca. https://askhelmut.com/events/2015-03-05-19-00-opening-future-now
6.12.2014: Eine Kleine Nacht-Fieber; the Philosophy of DiscoDisco lecture and party, hosted by de Gym, Groningen. http://heyevent.de/event/1521098058176514/eine-kleine-nacht-fieber-lecture-party-on-the-philosophy-of-disco
29.11.2014: The Low End Theory: Hip Hop Lecture and PartyA History of loops and samples, a night of beats and rhymes at T Berlin, featuring music by Ray Mann and DJ Zimt
16.10.2014: Lady Dada: Collage and Photomontage from Weimar to Mileygate.
Lecture and slide show on the history of Photomontage. Followed by cut-up sounds from Moonsign and Ducks! Performed at the opening of the exhibition 'Mountains Beyon Mountains', Leuchtstoffe, Berlin.