Bastian Hagedorn / Henrike Naumann
As our concept for the 4th Ghetto Biennale 2015 in Haiti we are setting up The Museum of Trance in Port-au-Prince, an unfinished part-fictional museum of the history of the electronic music genre Trance in Germany. The set-up of the exhibition is inspired by European ethnological exhibitions on Haitian vodou, like the 2010 exhibition ,Vodou - Kunst und Kult aus Haiti‘ in the Ethnological Museum of Berlin-Dahlem. The museum is unfinished, as if the investors lost their interest before finishing it. Due to that the museum will be open to be explored and taken-over by the local Port au Prince artists and musicians.
The conceptual starting point for the concept is the interest in vodou music and drumming and the stages of trance that people get in while practicing vodou. This form of trance is something that is lacking in the religions practiced in Western Europe. But in the early 90s Trance Music was evolved out of Rave Music and Acid Techno. This hard, fast and spherical new genre tried to capture an ecstatic spirituality that otherwise is very rare in Western Europe, especially in Germany. We want to see what happens when the Haitian practice of spiritual trance clashes with German Trance music culture.
We want to discuss the representation of Haitian culture in German museums by excoticizing German rave culture and by musealizing it as ,the other‘ in the middle of Haiti. The traditional institution ,ethnological museum‘ is appropriated, deconstructed and re-interpreted by the local artists and musicians. The museum transforms into a post-colonial experimental playground. Unlike classic museums, there will be no explanatory text. The objects will be open for personal interpretation.
After researching the history of Trance music in Germany and collecting objects, images, videos, clothing and music equipment we set up the Museum of Trance in Port-au-Prince. It will be created over the duration of the two preparation weeks before the Ghetto Biennale. There will be one ,museum‘ exhibition room with the objects on pedestals and images on the walls. The other ,club‘ room will be dark and equipped with clubbing materials such as stroboscope, fogger, lasers and sound equipment and have a church-like feel to it. The sound equipment is prepared with self-composed Trance music elements for people to use intuitively.
For the exhibition during the Ghetto Biennal the Museum of Trance will be open to everybody to start working with it. In the club room, music can be played and produced, and the light effects explored. In the museum room, the exhibited objects can be modified and developed further. The final outcome of the appropriation of the Museum of Trance is unpredictable. This is a core part of our concept and we are excited about that.
The GHETTO BIENNALE : What happens when first world art rubs up against third world art? Does it bleed?
A Salon des Refusés for the 21st century
What happens when First World art rubs up against Third World art? Does it bleed? In December 2009 Atis Rezistans, the Sculptors of Grand Rue, hosted their first Ghetto Biennale. They invited fine artists, film-makers, academics, photographers, musicians, architects and writers, to come to the Grand Rue area of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, to make or witness work that was made or happened, in their neighbourhood. In the words of the writer John Keiffer, it was hoping to be a “'third space'...an event or moment created through a collaboration between artists from radically different backgrounds”.
27.11.-20.12.2015 Port-au-Prince, Haiti
*1984 in Flensburg, Germany
Born in the northernmost part of Germany with drum sticks in his hands, Bastian Hagedorn began playing the drums before speaking his first word. From a young age, extreme music was a big influence for him and as a teenager he played in his first metal band. Always looking for new sounds, he started exploring the possibilites of composing electronic music. As his alter ego GTUK, he was a german pioneer of the new genre Nintendocore in the early millenials, casually pushing it to its limits. He loves inventing new sounds and expanding the boundaries of what the ear expects. He has started to work on participatory installations that melt his musical composing skills with his background in social work. Currently playing in a black metal band, a free improv combo and an acid rave formation, he enjoys orbiting in a post-genre universe.
*1984 in Zwickau, former GDR
Growing up in Eastern Germany, Henrike Naumann experienced extreme-right ideology as a predominant youth culture in the 90s. Her work reflects on the history of the right-wing terrorism in Germany as well as on today‘s broad acceptance of racist ideas. She is interested in the mechanisms of radicalization and how they are linked to personal experience and youth culture. She likes to explore the friction of contrary political opinion through the ambivalence of personal aesthetic taste. In her immersive installations she combines video and sound with scenographic spaces. In her most recent works she widened her focus to the global connectivity of rap music and the reversion of cultural othering.
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Port-au-Prince, 14. December 2015
This tuesday the Museum of Trance opens its doors for the first time. After a week of onsite preparations and extensive discussions with our haitian colleagues Milord Junior Muller, Mario Pierre Louis, Wilmond Guillaume, Evans Richelieu, Love Leonce and Guerly Richelieu the exhibition is now set up.
The Museum is located in Papa Da`s Lakou. Papa Da is a local Vodou-Priest that closely collaborates with the Ghetto Biennale. Throughout the next week haitian Artists from the Atis Rezistans are welcome to take over the Museum, work with the Objects and transform the exhibition. On the 16th a workshop is trying to explore the similarities and differences between Vodou-Drumming and Trance music.
The next day we will initiate a Tranceperiment directly on Grand Rue. Blasting the neighborhood with Trance music trying to initiate an open-air Rave in Port-au-Prince. It will be broadcasted live via Clocktower Radio's Radyo Shak. (www.clocktower.org). Finally on the 18th of December the Grand Opening of the remodeled Museum will take place.
We want to thank the whole Ghetto Biennale, Atis Rezistans, Haiti Project Education, all Kickstarter supporters and the German Embassy in Port-au-Prince.
The Museum of Trance
15th Dec from 12pm ongoing Launch Museum of Trance, Lakou PapaDa
16th Dec 4pm - 6pm Vodou Trance Experience, Lakou PapaDa
17th Dec 8pm - 10pm Tranceperiment - Grand Rue Rave - live via Clocktower Radio's Radyo Shak on www.clocktower.org
(for Berliners: 2am - 4am CET on the 18th morning)
18th Dec from 12pm ongoing Grand Opening Museum of Trance, Lakou PapaDa