Errant Bodies project space is dedicated to experimental work in sound, performance, voice and spatial practices. Through residencies, workshops, events and exhibitions, Errant Bodies emphasizes an engagement with process and dialogue, encouraging a dynamic and diverse approach to the sound arts. As a project space, it also intends to foster social and public activities, contributing to the creative scene in Berlin. It is organized and developed through its working group comprised of Berlin-based sound artists and researchers.


The New Silence (j.chang k.nutters mj.olsen) - in residence

The New Silence (j.chang k.nutters mj.olsen)

Replanting A Christmas Tree.
Rebuilding A Concert Space.

A Residency @ Errant Bodies / Kollwitzstrasse 97, 10435 Berlin -

3 - 8 December, 2012

The New Silence (viola, upright bass, percussion, electronic devices, objects) will be in residence at Errant Bodies from Monday to Saturday, 03 - 08 December.  Throughout the week, they will attempt to develop an extended sonic exploration of the Errant Bodies space and fuse it with previously collected sounds and experienced spaces.

Saturday 8 December: Public showing 18:00 - 20:00

The New Silence aims to further specify and articulate a location by manually adjusting the background noise during a performance or social situation, redefining the threshold of silence, thus revealing the new silence. Sounds from everyday life in the urban surroundings as well as from the building itself are examined and re-contextualized; one hears in a new way amplified refrigerators and air conditioning units, pre-recorded mechanical devices, music leaking from next door and all kinds of incidental background sounds.

Significant sonic architectural features of the venue will be highlighted and extended - as well as incorporating so-called acceptable and unacceptable surrounding noise into the landscape of a composition in such a way that the notion itself disappears from the audience’s perspective entirely. The result would be a true balance of environment and performance which is the aim of The New Silence.

Sample Sounds:


Econew-mics: Ethnology of Crisis

Econew-mics: Ethnology of Crisis

Opening: Monday, November 12, 8:00pm 
(thereafter opening hours Tue. and Thur. 1:00 – 7:00pm or by appointment until 30.11.2012:

Project and exhibition of works:
Ylva Bentancor with Gustavo Bentacor and Mike Majkowski
Christopher DeLaurenti
Jeremy Woodruff
Participants from the graduate seminar, Sights and Sounds of the Crisis

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin

Organized by Jeremy Woodruff as part of a residency at Errant Bodies.

"What does the crisis sound like?" and "What does the crisis look like?"
In Construction Work: Sights and Sounds of the Crisis, a graduate research seminar at the Institute for European Ethnology of the Humboldt University uses audio and visual media to conduct specific ethnographic inquiries into the economic crisis at various locations throughout Berlin, Europe and its borders, and extending to North America. By displaying unfinished raw audio, video, and textual materials in this forum they create a space for collaboration, feedback and exchange with you, the visitor.

“When we make sounds about something we believe in, who listens?”
Ylva Bentancor presents When People Gather. Soundscape music in the subject of the voice of the opinion, the sounds we make to tell about something important.  A play upon the sounds of the people who show what they stand for through a meta-narrative musical investigation of political sound.  Christopher DeLaurenti presents Live at Occupy Wall Street, May Day 2012. Binaural recordings of highlights of the soundscape of protest.

“Can we re-tune the economy with sound?” 
Sounds of Sociality, a video composition by Jeremy Woodruff capturing sources of sound occurring in the “regular” soundscape of the neighboring Zula Hummus Café in Prenzlauer Berg, was presented at Errant Bodies to a group of participants. After a discussion of the sounds, the group set out for the Café. While together there socially, pre-decided sounds (musical and non-musical) were performed that were conditioned by the perspectives brought out in the discussion. For the exhibition, the resultant video documentation of the dinner is presented next to the first video composition.    


Jeremy Woodruff - in residence at Errant Bodies

Jeremy Woodruff - in residence at Errant Bodies / November
developing his project "Sounds of Sociality"

The project will be presented alongside other artists' works and research materials compiled by Woodruff.
To be opened on November 12, 8:30pm

Jeremy Woodruff is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation on a Mellon grant from the University of Pittsburgh. He studied composition at the Royal Academy in London with Michael Finnissy from 1999-2001 and Ethnomusicology at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam 2002-2004, with field research in Chennai, Bangalore and Mysore, India. He moved to Berlin in 2004 where he has been a guest lecturer at the University of the Arts, UdK and Conservatory, HfM "Hanns Eisler." He is the director of the Neue Musikschule Berlin and also teaches composition, electronic music and ensembles there. Several pieces have been commissioned from him and premiered by Percusemble Berlin, and by the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, among others. He recently exhibited sound work at the AD Gallery in Bremen. His writings have been published by Klangzeitort (Berlin) and by Verlag für Moderne Kunst (Nürnberg). He is contributing an article to the forthcoming volume of Interference: A Journal of Audio Culture on sound in the worker's movement of the 1930s USA.

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin


Dennis McNulty - in residence at Errant Bodies

Dennis McNulty - in residence at Errant Bodies / October
developing his project: "In a room"

"In a room" is a framework for a sound performance in which a recorded text is subjected to a series of improvised manipulations, pitting language against the fabric of the performance space to slowly reveal its perceptual conditions. The performance takes place in a large dark reverberant space and begins with a short scripted voice recording which is played from beginning to end. Following this, the recording is manipulated by a seated performer using audio processing software running on a hidden computer, which they operate via a control-surface resting on their lap. The performer determines when the piece should end.

"In a room" borrows its sound manipulation techniques from two key twentieth century compositions by US composers; I am sitting in a room by Alvin Lucier and Imaginary Landscape No. 4 by John Cage. Although they are scored, as is usual in the Western classical tradition, they both employ the potential for spatio-temporal distortion inherent in certain media technologies to create works which are either space-specific, in the case of Lucier, or location and time-specific, in the case of Cage.

Dennis McNulty
October 2012.

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin

Dennis McNulty's work is generated through an investigation of embodied knowledge in relation to other forms of knowledge, in the context of the built environment. Beginning with detailed research of various kinds, and informed by his studies in psychoacoustics, the works often take hybrid forms, drawing on aspects of cinema, sculpture, sound and performance.

Past projects include PRECAST, Poplar, London (2012); Another Construction, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2011); The Eyes of Ayn Rand, Performa 11 (2011); and, São Paulo Bienal (2004). He is represented by Green On Red, Dublin. 


In residence, Luis Guerra

Luis Guerra is an artist and writer (1974) from Santiago de Chile. His work investigates questions of performance and materiality, often incorporating movement and text. Guerra is currently preparing his project, "Gramsci's seminar", to be exhibited at La Capella, Barcelona, in November-December. The "seminar" is developed as a platform for knowledge production and sharing. In addition, The Bomb Case, an article on current protests in Santiago, appears in the current issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.

Luis Guerra is currently artist in residence at Errant Bodies. His proposal focuses on considering strategies for collective performance, exploring ideas of scripting and rehearsal, collaboration and labor.

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin

Luis Guerra has recently been awarded by BCN Produccio Grant 2012, La Capella, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Spain. With studies in Visual Arts, Art History, Modern and Contemporary Latin American Poetry, Continental Philosophy, Performance Art, Law, Andean Music, Latin American Films (1960-1980) and Tarot of Marseille (since 1994 till now), Luis Guerra has worked as a teacher at several Universities in Chile between 1999-2008, as well as cultural adviser for Chilean Governmental Institutions between 2002-2007 (CONACE, Matucana 100 Cultural Center).

Luis Guerra has been awarded by: Conicyt Grant (National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research) 2011-2012; DIVA 2009, The Danish International Art Council; The Canada Council for the Arts 2009 International Program; Flaggfabrikken Center of Photography and Arts International Residency Program 2008; DIRAC 2008 and 2003 by Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Government of Chile, FONDART 2002 Ministry of Culture-Government of Chile.

He has been guest artist for International Guest Artist Studio, Hamburg, Germany; International Residency Program at Flaggfabriken Photography and Image Center, Bergen, Norway; International Residency Program at Darling Foundry, Montreal, Canada; International Residency Program Arhus City, Denmark.

His artwork has been exhibited since 1998 in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Canada, USA, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, New Zealand and China. His has participated at ArteBA 2008 (Buenos Aires Art Fair); Liste Young Art Fair, Basel 2008; CIGE, Beijing, China, 2008.


Chico Mello - Buch CD Performance

Chico Mello
Buch | CD | Performance

Buchpräsentation: Mimesis und muskalische Konstruktion
CD-Präsentation: 20 anos entre janelas, eine Dokumentation in 3 CDs
Live-Performance: Chico Mello – Songs

Thursday, May 17th, 7:30pm

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin

Mimesis und musikalische Konstruktion

Mimesis und muskalische Konstruktion von Chico Mello (Shaker Verlag, 2011) untersucht Mimesis in der Musik mit einem Akzent auf Referenz und unterschwelligen Motivationen beim Komponieren, Improvisieren und in der künstlerischen Identitätsfindung im Bereich zeitgenössischer Musik. Ausgangspunkt ist die Beobachtung der Entstehung des Symbolischen beim Kind auf der Basis seiner Sinnlichkeit. Die Erforschung der körperlichen Voraussetzungen und Implikationen der musikalischen Wahrnehmung und der Konstruktion von Musik durchzieht das gesamte Arbeit. Mimetische Prozesse werden in Werken von Frederic Rzewski, Kurt Schwitters, Wolfgang Müller, Robert Schumann, Dieter Schnebel, Nelson Cavaquinho, Chico Mello, Peter Ablinger, Chris Newman und Coriún Aharonián musikanalytisch aufgespürt.

20 anos entre janelas, eine Dokumentation in 3 CDs

“This CD collection aims to make available to the public a part of what I have been developing for over 20 years in experimental music. The title refers to the piece entre janelas (“between windows”), (…) in which heterogeneous and almost incompatible sound-gestural worlds coexist. However, the repetitive structure that articulates themselves shifts the perception toward the ground that involves them: the eternity of time experience, the gap between the events. For me, a good metaphor for the shift of my perception in my constant slide between heterogeneous worlds: experimental music and popular music, corporeality and theory, Germany and Brazil, intimacy and otherness.” (Chico Mello)

“The paradoxical free and strict music from Chico plays inside us very delicate strings and, above all, does not fear the vertigo of approaching the border which separates the logic of art from the non-logic of what surrounds ourselves, which insists in continuing to exist against our desires of control.” (Tato Taborda)
Chico Mello: geb.1957 in Curitiba, Brasilien, Medizin- und Musikstudien in Curitiba. Kompositionsstudium in São Paulo bei H.J. Koellreutter und in Berlin bei Dieter Schnebel und Witold Szalonek. Promotionsstudium (Musikwissenschaft) bei Eva-Maria Houben, Universität Dortmund. Internationale und interkulturelle Arbeit im Bereich der experimentellen Musik, sowie Musiktheater und Popularmusik. Zusammenarbeit u.a. mit Silvia Ocougne, Arnold Dreyblatt, Fernanda Farah, Nicholas Bussmann, Carlos Careqa, Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble, Kammesensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Partita Radicale, Mosaic Ensemble, Remix Ensemble.


map – media | archive | performance

map – media | archive | performance
Online-Publikation - Forschungen zu Medien, Kunst und Performance

the editorial team of the e-journal map - media l archive l performance would like to invite you to the launch of the third issue:


Monday, April 16th, at 7pm
Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstraße 97
10435 Berlin

With presentations by contributing of artists:

Steffi Weismann
Tomomi Adachi
Peter Cusack
Frieder Butzmann

MAP#3 will be online on April 12th.

Editorial team:
Prof. Dr. Barbara Büscher
Prof. Dr. Franz Anton Cramer
René Damm
Jens Heitjohann
Verena Eitel


Fred Dewey, Simone Forti, and Jeremiah Day - NewsAnimations

Thursday, March 15, 8pm
Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin

Errant Bodies is pleased to present an intimate, informal evening with Fred Dewey, Simone Forti, and Jeremiah Day. Part of an ongoing collaboration between these three figures of different generations and backgrounds, the evening will explore the common theme of “NewsAnimations,” a form Forti invented to address what is going on in the world and how it can animate art, the civic space, and lived experience. Through discussion, video documentation, and new performance sketches, the evening will reflect upon the inter- and cross-disciplinary strategies the three have developed independently and together for thinking through experience, event, fact, representation, and response, both artistically and civically.

Dewey, Forti, and Day have collaborated since first meeting at Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center, where Dewey was director, in the late 1990s. Since then, Day and Forti have performed together at Dublin’s Project Art Centre and with Dewey at the ICA in London, the Box in Los Angeles, and at Ludlow 38, the Project Room of the Goethe Institute, New York City.


Fred Dewey is a writer, teacher, editor, and activist based in Los Angeles. He directed Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2010, where, in the late-1990s, he worked with Brandon LaBelle, hosting several site-based sound festivals and numerous sound events. He curated and hosted numerous multi-discipline events concerning the news. While at Beyond Baroque, he edited and published over 19 books and anthologies featuring works and pieces by Simone Forti, Ammiel Alcalay, K. Curtis Lyle, Daniel Berrigan, and Jean-Luc Godard. He has written as an essayist on cultural, political, and news topics, including for London’s New Statesman, Metropolis, LA Forum for Architecture & Urban Design, Los Angeles Times, Coagula, Most Art Sucks (Smart Art), The Architecture of Fear (Princeton Architecture), Cork Caucus: On Art, Possibility, and Democracy, and The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest. In Los Angeles, Dewey co-founded the Neighborhood Councils Movement, helping secure councils in the city charter. In 2011 and 2012, he has led a weekly open public seminar on the works of Hannah Arendt, her influences Walter Benjamin and Karl Jaspers, and their relation to the arts and current events, at General Public in Berlin. Dewey’s most recent work includes contribution to a pamphlet by Jeremiah Day, The Lowndes County Idea, and A Polis for New Conditions, republished by Zen Monster.

Simone Forti is an internationally acclaimed dancer / choreographer, artist, and a writer. She was a seminal figure in the Judson Dance Theater community that revolutionized dance in New York in the 1960s and 70s. She has performed and taught in the US and Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America. Her current News Animation performances are solo or conversational duet improvisations in movement and language - mosaics of details, impressions, and questions in response to the world brought to us by the news. Her book Handbook in Motion – an account of an ongoing personal discourse and its manifestations in dance was published by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Press (1974). A book of writings and drawings, Oh, Tongue, was edited, designed, and published with an afterword by Fred Dewey, and a postscript by Jackson Mac Low, for Beyond Baroque (2003). Forti’s performances and artworks have been featured at prominent institutions around the world, including MoMA in New York, MoCA in Los Angeles, and a current show at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany. Forti has collaborated with numerous artists including Robert Morris, Nam June Paik, Peter van Riper, Zev, Oguri, and others, and in 2011, she received the prestigious Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award in the Arts. She is based in Los Angeles where she grew up.

In Jeremiah Day’s work, questions of site and historical memory are explored through fractured narrative, employing photography, speech, and improvisational movement. A hybrid form of realism, Day appropriates historical incident to serve as allegory and example. From 1998-2000 Day was artist in residence at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles under director Fred Dewey. His work has been informed by his time in Simone Forti's Los Angeles open workshop, with improvisation and composition as a form of dealing with subject matter rather than "expression." Day and Forti collaborated on the exhibition News Animations / No Words For You, Springfield in 2008 at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. In 2010, Day completed a project dealing with the daily news, LA Homicide, an installation of photographs and accompanying performance that begins from the Los Angeles Times daily blog The Homicide Report. Day is represented by Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, and Arcade, London. He has shown his work at the Centre d'art Contemporain, Troyes; Kunstlerlhaus Stuttgart; Freymond Guth, Zurich; Kunstverein Hannover; and in 2011 presented an ongoing project on Hannah Arendt’s “Crisis in Culture,” timed with its 50th anniversary, in England, Holland, and Germany. His current show Of All Possible Things can be seen at Site Gallery, Sheffield, as part of his ongoing commission from If I Can't Dance (I Don't Want To Be Part of Your Revolution). Day’s most recent publication is Autonomy, published by Site Gallery. He is based in Amsterdam and Berlin.


Not I

January 29th - February 5th, 2012
Opening: Saturday, January 28th, 17.00 - 21.00

Alessandro Bosetti
Anna Bromley
Leif Elggren
Brandon LaBelle
Heimo Lattner
Annette Stahmer

Beckett's original play "Not I" opens up to questions of voicing, otherness, and the existential void between life and death. Taking such fundamental questions, the exhibition plays with notions of masquerade, impersonation, and multiple personalities. It presents a series of works by artists experimenting with new modes of performativity, to research the gaps and openings between voice and language, sense and communication, I and Not I.

Errant Bodies / Kollwitzstrasse 97 / 10435 Berlin

Gallery hours:
January 29th - February 5th, 13.00 - 17.00