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 School of Public Life - launch

We are pleased to celebrate the release of:

The School of Public Life
by Fred Dewey

Please join us for drinks, and a reading by the author

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 - 8pm

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin

Drawing on two decades of interventions in politics and culture, Fred Dewey's The School of Public Life records the author's efforts to revive and rethink public space from Los Angeles to Berlin and beyond. Drawing on manifestoes, lectures, letters, and experimental texts, the book chronicles one person's efforts to secure a space for public reality, culture, appearance, and power. From helping to found neighborhood councils in Los Angeles to directing Beyond Baroque, a public space for poetry, art, sound work, publishing, and debate, featuring discussions of the 1992 L.A. riots, Black Mountain College, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dewey recounts a lived experience of self-government face to face with the rise of manufactured reality and an unknown political history. How can we answer the falsehoods of economics, parties, and a new slavery of constructed powerlessness? Working from the examples of Hannah Arendt, poet Charles Olson, writer John Berger, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, Dewey's account of life experiences and thinking, public gesture proposes a new kind of school, one powerful enough to address all our conditions - a school for the people and their life.

The School of Public Life is the fourth issue of the new book series Doormats published by Errant Bodies Press. The series aims at contributing to the now, addressing issues that are present and that demand presence.

Fred Dewey is a writer, teacher, editor/publisher, curator, and co-founder of the Neighborhood Councils Movement in Los Angeles. He directed Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center in Los Angeles from 1995-2010 and has edited, published, and designed twenty books and anthologies, featuring work by Ammiel Alcalay, Simone Forti, Jean-Luc Godard, Daniel Berrigan, Abdellatif Laabi, Jack Hirschman, Christoph Draeger, Ed Ruscha, Diane di Prima, and more. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Architecture of Fear (Princeton Architecture), Most Art Sucks (Smart Art), Cork Caucus, and in magazines and newspapers such as the Neighborhood Councils Movement Newsletter, the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, New Statesman, LA Weekly, LA Times, Metropolis, Venice Beachhead, LA Forum for Architecture & Urban Design, and Coagula. Dewey has performed with the dancers and artists Simone Forti and Jeremiah Day at London’s ICA, New York’s Ludlow 38, and Berlin’s Errant Bodies. He teaches in Berlin and in the graduate fine art program at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.


Chris Heenan – Michael Vorfeld / FUNKLOCH

Chris Heenan – Michael Vorfeld
A performance – installation for Light Bulbs, Analog Synthesizer and Radios

Saturday, November 15, 2014
17 – 20 h (ongoing): performance – installation
21 h: concert together with Ute Wassermann (voice)

Sunday, November 16, 2014
17 – 20 h (ongoing): performance - installation
21 h: concert together with Franziska Baumann (voice)

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstr. 97
10435 Berlin

performance – installation: free, concert: 5 – 8 Euro

kindly supported by inm

FUNKLOCH is a multi-hour performative sound and light installation with live radio broadcast. The "Instrumentarium" is arranged around the space consisting of assorted light bulbs with different switching elements and an analog synthesizer. The result is a "feed-back" situation, in which the light and the sound mutually influence and shape one another. The sounds are also transmitted through the space and picked up by radios distributed throughout the space. Two vocalists, Ute Wassermann and Franziska Baumann, are invited to perform in and with the concert-installation.

FUNKLOCH ist eine mehrstündige, konzertante Klang- und Lichtinstallation mit live Radioübertragung. Als räumlich angeordnetes Instrumentarium dient ein Set-Up unterschiedlicher Glühlampen mit verschiedenen Schaltelementen sowie ein Analog-Synthesizer. Es entsteht eine „Feed-Back-Situation“, bei der das Licht den Klang und umgekehrt der Klang das Licht beeinflusst und gestaltet. Übertragen wird das gesamte musikalische Geschehen durch ebenfalls im Raum verteilte Radiogeräte. Kontrastierend sind zwei Vokalistinnen (Ute Wassermann und Franziska Baumann) eingeladen innerhalb und mit der Konzert-Installation zu spielen.


Stadt als Klangtext - Urban Sound Projects

Stadt als Klangtext - Urban Sound Projects
Exhibition series: #4 of 5

Serge Baghdassarians/Boris Baltschun
Kirsten Reese

Exhibition: November 6th - 9th, 16:00 - 20:00h
Talk / Discussion: Thursday,  November 6th, 19:00h
with Prof. Sabine Sanio and the artists

Errant Bodies
Kollwitzstrasse 97
10435 Berlin

The exhibition and discussion series Stadt als Klangtext introduces ten artistic positions by sound artists working with urban space. The series aims to consider how auditory experience and sonic work may operate to create a sense of civic engagement, spaces of mutuality, and forms of interruption onto the urban scene. Each exhibition consists of two artists presenting one work, and integrates a discussion evening led by an invited academic and open to the public.

Serge Baghdassarians/Boris Baltschun, "tuning" /
installation for video, balloon, animal voice

Kirsten Reese, "no voice audible but that of the sea on the far side" /
four channel sound installation with fish sounds and synthesized sound