DRIFT
Isabel Lewis x Jeff Mills


Sonic Catharsis (Sound as Political Manner)
Reif for Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève’s 5th Floor



Drift is an encounter between the sonic composition by Jeff Mills and the choreographic compositions of Isabel Lewis.

Hatsumi, composed by Mills appears on 01, the first release from Reif - the work is inspired by Masaaki Hatsumi. Lewis’ work O.C.E.A.N.I.C.A imagines human beings swimming through a social ocean- floating and sometimes drowning but surviving. How does our physical nature conform to our intentions? The collision of these two works suggests that there is no division between our interior and exterior experiences, further proving that integrated mind and body connections are totally natural and easily observed through movement. Meditating on the quality of movement through a free-flowing tango of forms, merging and moving through, swimming and listening deep, imagining new ways to reconcile one’s artistic activity in relation to the responsibility to protect nature, specifically the ocean, a tidal wave of possibility emerges.



ISABEL LEWIS

ISABEL LEWIS (b. 1981, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Berlin. She is trained in literary criticism, dance and philosophy and her work takes on many different formats: from lecture-performances and workshops to listening sessions, parties (Bodysnatch), gardens, and what she calls “hosted occasions.” She has created works around open-source technology and dance improvisation, social dances as cultural storage systems, collaborative choreographic formats, future bodily techniques and rapping as embodied speech acts. Her live art works have been presented in contexts of contemporary art, music, dance, and theater at Kunsthalle Zürich (2020), Sharjah Biennial (2019), Roskilde Festival (2019), Berliner Festspiele-Gropius Bau (2018), Tate Modern (2017), Steirischer Herbst (2017), Dia Art Foundation (2016), Ming Contemporary Art Museum Shanghai (2016), and Tanz Im August (2015) among others.


JEFF MILLS

JEFF MILLS (b. 1963, USA) is a DJ who lives between Miami and Paris. Since 1992, he has been running his own record label, Axis Records. After conquering Detroit's early Techno scene as The Wizard in the 80s, as a part of the Underground Resistance, he took up with his prime inspiration, Space and Science-Fiction. The 2000's marked a turning point, when he started to merge his music with other artforms. He has since multiplied outstanding performances at the intersection of music, contemporary art, pop culture, design and science fiction. He notably created a new soundtrack for Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", which introduced him to work on other film related projects. As a visual artist, Jeff Mills has shown numerous of his performances and exhibitions in art institutions such as CCCB (Barcelona), South Bank Center (London), Barbican Center (London), Cinémathèque Française (Paris) Paris, Centre Pompidou (Paris) and more.



Drift is a co-production by REIF, the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and TBA21–Academy for 5th floor with the support of Nike Berlin.

This film was made during Isabel Lewis exhibition performance O.C.E.A.N.I.C.A. at Ocean Space commissioned by TBA21–Academy.

Sonic Composition ‘Hatsumi’: Jeff Mills 
Choreographic Composition: Isabel Lewis
Director: Marcelo Alcaide
Videographers: Matteo Stocco and Matteo Primaterra [Kinonauts]
Editor: Melanie Glueck
Styling: a. co
Styling assistant: Francesco Ceccarelli
Perfomers: Claudia Veronesi, Gabriele Valerio, Cecilia Xuetong Feng, Marta Vergani, Gaia Tinarelli, Elio Rosalba Bonaccini, Umberto Zanette, Antonio Giuseppe Bia, Eleonora Camerotto, Vittorio Messina, Laura Inzoli, Beatrice Brunetto, Chiara Cecconello, Andrea D'Arsiè, Heidee Alsdorf, Federica Bastoni, Miliana Reale Calabrese, William Nylind, Leonardo Sinopoli, Giulia Pellin Mattiocco and Danila Gambettola.

Thanks to TBA21–Academy, Ocean Space, Eleni Tsopotou, Yoko Uozumi, Richard Kennedy, Melanie Glueck, Axis Records, Nike Berlin and Andrea Bellini.











WOLFGANG TILLMANS –
CERTAIN SENSITIVITY
(LIVE WITH FRAGILE AT BOFFO 2018)


Video filmed and directed by Wolfgang Tillmans
Edited by Michael Amstad
Video featuring Michael Amstad, Anders Clausen and Paul Moeller
Music written and produced by Tim Knapp & Wolfgang Tillmans
Lyrics and vocals by Wolfgang Tillmans
Modular Sweeps by Kyle Combs
Synth Bass by Tim Knapp
Guitar by Juan Pablo Echeverri












Common garden ants on a mission, pursuing their activities with unfaltering pace amidst the battering sound offensive discharging all over them like an electrical storm.

Watch them interact as they crawl forth and back from the underground to the surface, follow invisible paths and explore new territory before returning back to their base. When crossing paths they perform intricate meet and greet rituals, exchanging information and communicating through elemental body language and touch.

In contrast to the steady rhythm of the cyclic ant movement the soundtrack is unleashing a temperamental array of cosmic forces onto the scene, an overload of turbulent energies and built up pressure, fast cutting sounds and spitting sparks are accelerating, crashing and seemingly bouncing off the hardy black armour of the unfazed ant explorers.











A b2b poetry Slam  in which these two artists entangle theirs poetries and find a new shared language.


Kotti Mantras is the first commissioned work of REIF’s Sonic Catharsis residency program for Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneve’s 5th floor.  The  inaugural instalment is a meditation on  the essence of sound through an  investigation of the human voice and its ability to complicate power dynamics with words. Deconstructing language through lyrical repetition, the work slips into a trance that progresses  into catharsis as artist Karl Holmqvist and poet duo Tabloid Press (Nat Marcus & Zoe Darsee) crescendo into a cacophony of meaning. In the fall and swell of Berlin’s infamous Kottbusser Tor, the work opens a portal that presses gently against the throat - imagining  a way to transcend the body.



TABLOID PRESS

Tabloid press is a textual platform initiated in 2014 by two poets, Nat Marcus and Zoe Darsee. TABLOID is intended to stimulate and integrate poetic environments within social communities.

press is a textual platform initiated in 2014 by two poets, Nat Marcus and Zoe Darsee. TABLOID is intended to stimulate and integrate poetic environments within social communities, “as a means of inundating our social community with a lyric and a kind of poetics that we thought is often thought to be highbrow or elitist, or overly academic.”


KARL HOLMQVIST

Karl Holmqvist is known for using a wide range of formats–poetry readings, installation, and sculpture–to bring out the primal qualities of language.He is one of a current generation of artists working with language and text as a sculptural or performative material. His aim is to spark the creative process in the viewer, seeing his art and poetry as a translation of the complexities of contemporary life. He blends poetry with pop music and his texts, composed of anecdotes as famous as they are diverse, explore the theme of communication and language.

Holmqvist’s recent one-person exhibitions include Centre d’Art Contemporaine, Geneva, Indipendenza, Rome (with Klara Liden), Kunstverein Braunschweig (with Klara Liden), Power Station, Dallas and Camden Arts Centre, London. He has participated in the Venice Biennial in 2003 and 2011, and Performa, New York in 2005, 2007 and 2013. In 2013 he received the Arthur Köpke Memory Fund Award.




Kotti Mantras is a coproduction by REIF and Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève for 5e.centre.ch
Sound, Poetry and Performance by: Karl Holmqvist, Nat Marcus & Zoe Darsee (Tabloid Press)
Director: Marcelo Alcaide
Ass. Director & Edit: Pedro Antunes
Sound Design: Zeno Mainardi
Camera Ass.: Robert Gruendler
Thanks to: Richard Kennedy & Andrea Bellini


MANTRA 1’ Karl Holmqvist – Shit Come and Go My Way

MANTRA 2’ NM (Tabloid Press) – Ncameu

MANTRA 3’ Karl Holmqvist – Enchanté

MANTRA 4’ NM (Tabloid Press) – Gestaltung

MANTRA 5’ Karl Holmqvist – I Would 

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JUAN RAMOS - INICIADO

VIDEO BY OMER SHWARTZ



Juan Ramos comes out of the pandemic exploring spaces which stray outside of his normal musical language to create a new series of work which draws on inherited and chosen culture beginning with “Iniciado". The concept is underscored by the ethos of latin pop set against experimental drum programming and expressionist sound design executed to psychedelic effect.

The music video is a collaboration with 3D Artist Omer Schwartz. Using the digital space as a means to recreate ancient ritual the video centers around the cyclical nature of time as observed by late Neolithic culture. The imagery is drawn from centuries of Pagan tradition to act as a means to illustrate and reconnect our subconscious to the powerful and energy giving totems of our ancestors.


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RELEASE DATE: 10TH DECEMBER






01


            01. Tabloid Press – Orchid
           
02. Wolfgang Tillmans – Certain Sensitivity (Live with FRAGILE at BOFFO 2018)
            03. Sene – Junq Sonorum
           
04. Jeff Mills – Hatsumi
            05. Cali Rose – Divinus
            06. Karl Holmqvist – Call Your Girlfriend
           07. Asmara – Soul Dramatique
            08. fabaitos – B2U
            09. Franziska Lantz – Meshe [Global Warming Records]
            10. BOTO – Manco
            11. Wild Daughter –Leckerman
            12. Richard Kennedy – FYEO
           
13. Juan Ramos – Iniciado
            14. rRoxymore – DE-Centered
            15. MadAlba – Gonna do with you







Isabel Lewis x Jeff Mills
DRIFT


Sonic Catharsis (Sound as Political Manner)
Reif for Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève’s 5th Floor


Drift is an encounter between the sonic composition by Jeff Mills and the choreographic compositions of Isabel Lewis.

Hatsumi, composed by Mills appears on 01 - the work is inspired by Masaaki Hatsumi. Lewis’ work O.C.E.A.N.I.C.A imagines human beings swimming through a social ocean- floating and sometimes drowning but surviving. How does our physical nature conform to our intentions? The collision of these two works suggests that there is no division between our interior and exterior experiences, further proving that integrated mind and body connections are totally natural and easily observed through movement. Meditating on the quality of movement through a free-flowing tango of forms, merging and moving through, swimming and listening deep, imagining new ways to reconcile one’s artistic activity in relation to the responsibility to protect nature, specifically the ocean, a tidal wave of possibility emerges.


ISABEL LEWIS

ISABEL LEWIS (b. 1981, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Berlin. She is trained in literary criticism, dance and philosophy and her work takes on many different formats: from lecture-performances and workshops to listening sessions, parties (Bodysnatch), gardens, and what she calls “hosted occasions.” She has created works around open-source technology and dance improvisation, social dances as cultural storage systems, collaborative choreographic formats, future bodily techniques and rapping as embodied speech acts. Her live art works have been presented in contexts of contemporary art, music, dance, and theater at Kunsthalle Zürich (2020), Sharjah Biennial (2019), Roskilde Festival (2019), Berliner Festspiele-Gropius Bau (2018), Tate Modern (2017), Steirischer Herbst (2017), Dia Art Foundation (2016), Ming Contemporary Art Museum Shanghai (2016), and Tanz Im August (2015) among others.
JEFF MILLS

JEFF MILLS (b.1963, United States)  is a DJ who lives between Miami and Paris. Since 1992, he has been running his own record label, Axis Records. After conquering Detroit's early Techno scene as The Wizard in the 80s, as a part of the Underground Resistance, he took up with his prime inspiration, Space and Science-Fiction. The 2000's marked a turning point, when he started to merge his music with other artforms. He has since multiplied outstanding performances at the intersection of music, contemporary art, pop culture, design and science fiction. He notably created a new soundtrack for Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", which introduced him to work on other film related projects. As a visual artist, Jeff Mills has shown numerous of his performances and exhibitions in art institutions such as CCCB (Barcelona), South Bank Center (London), Barbican Center (London), Cinémathèque Française (Paris) Paris, Centre Pompidou (Paris) and more.

Drift is a co-production by REIF, the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and TBA21–Academy for 5th floor with the support of Nike Berlin.

This film was made during Isabel Lewis exhibition performance O.C.E.A.N.I.C.A. at Ocean Space commissioned by TBA21–Academy.

Sonic Composition ‘Hatsumi’: Jeff Mills 
Choreographic Composition: Isabel Lewis
Director: Marcelo Alcaide
Videographers: Matteo Stocco and Matteo Primaterra [Kinonauts]
Editor: Melanie Glueck
Styling: a. co
Styling assistant: Francesco Ceccarelli
Perfomers: Claudia Veronesi, Gabriele Valerio, Cecilia Xuetong Feng, Marta Vergani, Gaia Tinarelli, Elio Rosalba Bonaccini, Umberto Zanette, Antonio Giuseppe Bia, Eleonora Camerotto, Vittorio Messina, Laura Inzoli, Beatrice Brunetto, Chiara Cecconello, Andrea D'Arsiè, Heidee Alsdorf, Federica Bastoni, Miliana Reale Calabrese, William Nylind, Leonardo Sinopoli, Giulia Pellin Mattiocco and Danila Gambettola.

Thanks to TBA21–Academy, Ocean Space, Eleni Tsopotou, Yoko Uozumi, Richard Kennedy, Melanie Glueck, Axis Records, Nike Berlin and Andrea Bellini.







WOLFGANG TILLMANS – CERTAIN SENSITIVITY
(LIVE WITH FRAGILE AT BOFFO 2018)


VIDEO FILMED AND DIRECTED BY WOLFGANG TILLMANS
EDITED BY MICHAEL AMSTAD
VIDEO FEATURING MICHAEL AMSTAD, ANDERS CLAUSEN AND PAUL MOELLER

MUSIC WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY TIM KNAPP & WOLFGANG TILLMANS
LYRICS AND VOCALS BY WOLFGANG TILLMANS
MODULAR SWEEPS BY KYLE COMBS
SYNTH BASS BY TIM KNAPP
GUITAR BY JUAN PABLO ECHEVERRI


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RELEASE DATE: 10TH DECEMBER






FRANZISKA LANTZ — MESHE
[GLOBAL WARMING RECORDS]


Common garden ants on a mission, pursuing their activities with unfaltering pace amidst the battering sound offensive discharging all over them like an electrical storm.

Watch them interact as they crawl forth and back from the underground to the surface, follow invisible paths and explore new territory before returning back to their base. When crossing paths they perform intricate meet and greet rituals, exchanging information and communicating through elemental body language and touch.

In contrast to the steady rhythm of the cyclic ant movement the soundtrack is unleashing a temperamental array of cosmic forces onto the scene, an overload of turbulent energies and built up pressure, fast cutting sounds and spitting sparks are accelerating, crashing and seemingly bouncing off the hardy black armour of the unfazed ant explorers.


PRE-ORDER REIF01
RELEASE DATE: 10TH DECEMBER







Karl Holmqvist x Tabloid Press
KOTTI MANTRAS


Sonic Catharsis (Sound as Political Manner)
Reif for Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève’s 5th Floor



A b2b poetry Slam  in which these two artists entangle theirs poetries and find a new shared language.

Kotti Mantras is the first commissioned work of REIF’s Sonic Catharsis residency program for Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneve’s 5th floor.  The  inaugural instalment is a meditation on  the essence of sound through an  investigation of the human voice and its ability to complicate power dynamics with words. Deconstructing language through lyrical repetition, the work slips into a trance that progresses  into catharsis as artist Karl Holmqvist and poet duo Tabloid Press (Nat Marcus & Zoe Darsee) crescendo into a cacophony of meaning. In the fall and swell of Berlin’s infamous Kottbusser Tor, the work opens a portal that presses gently against the throat - imagining  a way to transcend the body.


TABLOID PRESS

Tabloid press is a textual platform initiated in 2014 by two poets, Nat Marcus and Zoe Darsee. TABLOID is intended to stimulate and integrate poetic environments within social communities.

press is a textual platform initiated in 2014 by two poets, Nat Marcus and Zoe Darsee. TABLOID is intended to stimulate and integrate poetic environments within social communities, “as a means of inundating our social community with a lyric and a kind of poetics that we thought is often thought to be highbrow or elitist, or overly academic.”
KARL HOLMQVIST

Karl Holmqvist is known for using a wide range of formats–poetry readings, installation, and sculpture–to bring out the primal qualities of language.He is one of a current generation of artists working with language and text as a sculptural or performative material. His aim is to spark the creative process in the viewer, seeing his art and poetry as a translation of the complexities of contemporary life. He blends poetry with pop music and his texts, composed of anecdotes as famous as they are diverse, explore the theme of communication and language.

Holmqvist’s recent one-person exhibitions include Centre d’Art Contemporaine, Geneva, Indipendenza, Rome (with Klara Liden), Kunstverein Braunschweig (with Klara Liden), Power Station, Dallas and Camden Arts Centre, London. He has participated in the Venice Biennial in 2003 and 2011, and Performa, New York in 2005, 2007 and 2013. In 2013 he received the Arthur Köpke Memory Fund Award.

Kotti Mantras is a coproduction by REIF and Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève for 5e.centre.ch
Sound, Poetry and Performance by: Karl Holmqvist, Nat Marcus & Zoe Darsee (Tabloid Press)
Director: Marcelo Alcaide Ass. Director & Edit: Pedro Antunes Sound Design: Zeno Mainardi
Camera Ass.: Robert Gruendler Thanks to: Richard Kennedy & Andrea Bellini

MANTRA 1’ Karl Holmqvist – Shit Come and Go My Way

MANTRA 2’ NM (Tabloid Press) – Ncameu

MANTRA 3’ Karl Holmqvist – Enchanté

MANTRA 4’ NM (Tabloid Press) – Gestaltung

MANTRA 5’ Karl Holmqvist – I Would 


BUY DIGITAL EP
    STREAM ON SOUNDCLOUD
    STREAM ON SPOTIFY








JUAN RAMOS - INICIADO

VIDEO BY OMER SHWARTZ


Juan Ramos comes out of the pandemic exploring spaces which stray outside of his normal musical language to create a new series of work which draws on inherited and chosen culture beginning with “Iniciado". The concept is underscored by the ethos of latin pop set against experimental drum programming and expressionist sound design executed to psychedelic effect.

The music video is a collaboration with 3D Artist Omer Schwartz. Using the digital space as a means to recreate ancient ritual the video centers around the cyclical nature of time as observed by late Neolithic culture. The imagery is drawn from centuries of Pagan tradition to act as a means to illustrate and reconnect our subconscious to the powerful and energy giving totems of our ancestors.


PRE-ORDER REIF01
RELEASE DATE: 10TH DECEMBER








01

            01. Tabloid Press – Orchid
           
02. Wolfgang Tillmans – Certain Sensitivity (Live with FRAGILE at BOFFO 2018)
            03. Sene – Junq Sonorum
           
04. Jeff Mills – Hatsumi
            05. Cali Rose – Divinus
            06. Karl Holmqvist – Call Your Girlfriend
            07. Asmara – Soul Dramatique
            08. fabaitos – B2U
           
09. Franziska Lantz – Meshe [Global Warming Records]
            10. BOTO – Manco
            11. Wild Daughter –Leckerman
            12. Richard Kennedy – FYEO
           
13. Juan Ramos – Iniciado
            14. rRoxymore – DE-Centered
            15. MadAlba – Gonna do with you

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